Dream Mall is the first large-scale shopping mall in the southern city of Kaohsiung covering a total area of 150,000 ping. It is the largest shopping mall in Taiwan and much smaller than the Mall of Asia in Manila, Philippines.
Dream Mall is a nine-story building and has three basement levels. Among of the major businesses are Uni-Hankyu Department Store of Japan, Mark's and Spencer, Japan Hokkaido Ice and Snow Theme Park ( a sub-zero temperature playground), Hello Kitty Ferris Wheel, Happy 100, and Cinemark Cinema.
Our plan was to take a ride on the Hello Kitty Ferris Wheel to get a nice view from the city at night. Since it was still early, we went for a walk visiting some shops and we discovered a Japanese Thrift store named DAISO Japan located on the 7th floor.
We were amazed at the wide selection of products ranging from miscellaneous daily goods to food, cosmetics, home décor and traditional Japanese arts and crafts sold at amazingly low price.
Here are just some of the items:
back scratchers and massagers
door signs and name plates in all shapes and colors
perfect organizer: woven basket containers
cute glasses pocket
It was not too crowded so we enjoyed our time browsing. An hour later we finally left the store completely satisfied with our purchases.
Aside from Japan and Taiwan, I have learned recently that Daiso Japan also has shops in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao, Vietnam, and Korea. If you're in Manila, you can also check out these Japanese goods at "SAIZEN" store, which is the only authorized Philippine retailer of Daiso-Sangyo Inc. Japan. Saizen is in Robinsons Galleria Ortigas located on the mall's third level East wing. I've heard that everything there is sold at Php 85.00. I have nothing to share at this point as I haven't been there yet. But I hope to go there soon. :=)