Ri Xing Type Foundry

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Ri Xing Type Foundry
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DarthYin
Singapore575 contributions
The Last of Its Kind
Jan 2020 • Friends
Before digitisation and the word processing, this was how it was done - pages and pages of books and newspapers were set using these lead based printing blocks which in turn were created in a foundry. This foundry is the last of it's kind still working. Of course nowadays no one actually uses the foundry's products to print books of newspapers, but you can still buy their blocks to make up your name etc and act as a seal of sorts

This foundry is a priceless and living cultural asset!
Well worth a visit!
Written January 5, 2020
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Nolinice
Oakville, Canada2,721 contributions
Fascinating
Mar 2019 • Solo
An amazing array of typefonts in a small warehouse/store. Worth a few minutes in spite of the limited explanation in English.
Written March 17, 2019
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Kahlil B
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reception girl not friendly
Mar 2018
went here in march and the girl at the reception was not friendly. maybe she was having a bad day or whatever - or maybe she's racist. but when at the end I bought 120 us dollars worth of goods, only then did her bow show some semblance of respect - not a pleasant experience
Written June 11, 2018
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grinjanai
Vienna, Austria20 contributions
Digging into the history of typography and pick yourself a stamp with characters
Sep 2017 • Friends
This place is a typography factory turn shop. With thousands of characters lining up on shelves, one could always find a word (Chinese or Roman characters available) to make into a unique stamp! The people who work here speaks basic English and is very helpful in suggesting the font and word choice. Visit here if you are looking for some cool souvenirs and would like some "characters"!
Written October 31, 2017
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Gloson
Hong Kong, China198 contributions
Amazing traditions of 'word factory'
May 2017 • Friends
With computer and software getting nicer, faster, smarter and more user friendly, keeping this 'industry' isn't easy at all in our modern word where everything is digital.
I am so impressed by all these efforts the owner and staffs have put on to carry on this tradition craftsmanship.
You can find almost all words in different fonts and sizes.
Every single word is individually placed on shelves, nicely categorized and organized.
Feel free to pick your favorite ones and DIY your chops.
Yet please behave yourself, think twice before you take the word out from the shelve and be really careful with them.
So I would really recommend people to have a brief idea what kind of chops and what words they want to DIY before going.
And trust me, if you really have no idea what you are looking for, you will be totally lost in this shop.
Afterwards, they will weight your 'words' to see how much your chops it.
Can't remember their prices thou...

I visited their website beforehand and there's nothing much on the page about this shop such as products and prices.
Instead they are trying to raise funds to support their 'campaign' in correcting and recovering some words as per the most standardized Chinese words design.
Salute to this shop who dedicated on 'protecting' our beautiful traditional Chinese words!

One hint, you may check their Facebook page to see if there is any updates on their opening hours or special notices.
Like the first time I tried to visit but it was during Taiwan long weekend public holiday, the closure notice wasn't in anything but solely on their FB page.
So I actually made my effort twice in order to witness this beautiful industry.

FYI - it also have English letters!
Written June 23, 2017
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