長春正行中西葯房

Cheung Choon Chemist

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長春正行中西葯房

藝術家:Uncle

早於十九世紀,方燦高中醫師的祖輩已經在潮州開設長春堂藥圃行醫。直至五十年代,方醫師來到香港九龍城使用同一名號開業。當時,九龍寨城是一個中國、英國、港英政府皆不管治的「三不管」地帶,吸引大量無牌醫生執業。六十年代起,長春正行兼售中西成藥,在當時可謂先河,不少無牌醫生更會在此採購藥品。

藝術家Uncle畫上方醫師正在診症把脈的手,與城寨密集低矮的樓房,顯示長春正行與九龍城寨的關係。畫作上一隻低空掠過的飛機,除了是九龍城的獨有景觀,更因為長春正行鄰近啟德機場,不少市民出遊前特意來到配備旅行用的藥品,所以特設旅遊藥包銷售。

Cheung Choon Chemist
Artist: Uncle

Cheung Choon Chemist was established in Kowloon City in the 1950s by Chinese medicine practitioner Dr Fong Chan Ko. Dr Fong can trace his family’s medical practice background back to his Chiu Chow ancestors in China in the early 19th century. During the 1950s, a lot of medical practitioners set up shop in Kowloon Walled City. Many of them were unlicensed businesses drawn to the neighbourhood because of the hands-off approach the authorities took to enforcing laws around the area. By the 1960s, Cheung Choon Chemist had begun to sell Chinese and Western medicine. Some of the shop’s customers were from the unlicensed medical businesses close by. Others were travellers who would drop in to buy medicines before heading to Kai Tak Airport. The shutter artwork explores the relationship between Cheung Choon Chemist and the surrounding neighbourhood, showing Dr Fong’s hands taking a patient’s pulse, and an aeroplane flying low over old tenement buildings – an iconic sight before the closure of Kai Tak Airport.

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