Galvão Bueno Street, Sao Paulo

Galvão Bueno Street, Sao Paulo

If there's one street illustrative of the Asian sensation of Liberdade, it is undoubtedly Rua Galvão Bueno, a public road typically decorated with oriental-style lamps. As of 1974 the entrance to this Japanese neighborhood of Sao Paulo, inhabited not just by the Japanese, but also the Chinese, Taiwanese and Koreans since the 1950s, has been crowned by a nine-meter tall red torii (a distinctive arch marking the entrance to Shinto Shrines). This towering structure, situated on Rua Galvão Bueno, is a landmark symbol of the area.

Being the main thoroughfare of Liberdade, Rua Galvão Bueno is busy from dawn to dusk with local housewives, business folk and tourists searching for Oriental products or a good restaurant with low-priced Asian food for lunch. The avenue is like an open-air market every day of the week and even more so on weekends.

People from all over the world, as well as all the corners of Brazil, come here to explore dozens of Asian grocers, Japanese bookstores, antique shops, and the So-Go Plaza Shopping mall dedicated to all things oriental, including anime and manga memorabilia. Also adding color to the area are myriads of street vendors selling knick-knacks and art, easily recognizable by the brightly-colored umbrellas that keep them away from the sun.

The street owes its name to Dr. Carlos Mariano Galvão Bueno, a lawyer and professor who lived in the 1880s, as opposed to the more contemporary Galvão Bueno, the sports broadcaster at Rede Globo, as some may erroneously have thought.

Rua Galvão Bueno crosses over the Viaduto do Glicério (a large highway) in Liberdade, thus offering an interesting photo opportunity. Albeit not entirely panoramic a view, one can get from here a pretty good glimpse of the sheer vastness of the city of São Paulo.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Sight Name: Galvão Bueno Street
Sight Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil (See walking tours in Sao Paulo)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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