Traveling to another city or country always bring the best out of me, I enjoy having strangers around me, especially travelers from another side of the world, but I also enjoy local culture and always eager to experience local lifestyle. One thing about local lifestyle is their bookstore. I wonder what kind of bookstore people visit, what kind of book they read, at least it will be showed by the collection at the store. So the last time my company went to Kuala Lumpur, I looked into it before I flew there, and I found a video created by world economic forum, describing a new bookstore in Kuala Lumpur and they claimed it as the Nation’s biggest bookstore. If you are a booklovers, you must know how excited I was to go there, right?
BookXcess is the name of the bookstore, and apparently it was not entirely new kind of bookstore in Kuala Lumpur, because they already have several store around the city, some of them are in the shopping center, but the one I went to was special, because of the few things below:
It opens 24 hours and It has space for working or hanging out with friends.
It offers coffee inside the store.
It is big with many collection, but they arrange it very well, makes you comfortable for browsing the title. I can't capture how big it was in a picture, but believe me it is pretty big (but not like Big Bad Wolf).
It cheaper than any bookstore in Indonesia definitely, cheaper than Kinokuniya in Bangkok, cheaper than mostly mainstream online bookstore. It is the same company who run Big Bad Wolf, around Malaysia and Indonesia. Now you can imagine the price.
For another comparison : I bought a hardback book, Grit by Angela Duckworth for only RM 19.90 (equal to IDR 72.834 ), very affordable price compare to Jakarta which sell the same book in Paperback more than IDR 100.000.
They sell cutie journal and notebook for such a collector like me or maybe you.
They also sell posters and other stuff.
It located near the airport, approximately 20 minutes away. If you’ve been to KL before, you’ll know that the airport is located far from the downtown. Kuala Lumpur is a hub for many flights from Indonesia to Europe, Australia, and some other countries. So having this kind of bookstore near the airport could be a place to kill time and at the same time find a hidden gems among the shelves.
L3M-04, Tamarind Square, Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 10, 63000 Cyberjaya, Persiaran Multimedia, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.