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5 Amazing Places For The Booklover in You

Eastasy Media

2018 June 15

Written by: Nigel Ong

 

Here’s a question: are you a bibliophile… and a traveller at the same time?

 

If yes, you are in for a treat. Here are 5 places around the world which is definitely a heaven for booklovers and is totally worth your visit.

 

 

 

1. Book and Bed, Japan

 

Want to nestle in a place surrounded by books? Book and Bed Tokyo Ikebukuro is the perfect place to feel cosy and you can literally immersed yourself in books.  It is located not far from JR Ikebukuro Station, making it convenient for you to travel within that vicinity. With over 1,700 reading materials in English and Japanese, this bookshop-themed accommodation comes with an individual power outlet and reading light, along with a curtain to secure privacy in each compact bunk. You can choose your favourite books from a shared lobby area.

 

 

2. Montague Book Mill, Massachusetts

  

 

Set in an 1842 gristmill, by the banks of the Sawmill River, The Bookmill is an independent bookstore in Montague. Well-known for its authenticity and antiquity, it claims to have "40,000 books and one waterfall." They have two floors and multiple rooms of used books for sale. If you don’t intend to buy any books, you can hang around and do your work amongst the various antique chairs and tables.

 

 

 

3. Futuristic Library, China

 

 

 

 

First opened to public on October 1st, 2017, The Tianjin Binhai Library was just built in 3 years. This six-storey building currently contains 200,000 books. With its white, from ceiling to floor bookshelves, this is one of the library that will leave you standing in awe, admiring the handiwork of mankind. The bookshelves were made to be climbable and visitors can sit on it as well.  Its nickname “The Eye” is used to refer to the gigantic sphere in the centre of the library and with every angles and curves that form the shape of the ‘eye’. It has five floors, with multiple function rooms and a hidden auditorium. This futuristic library is definitely a place not to be missed for Instagram shots.   

 

 

 

4. Bishan Public Library, Singapore

 

 

 

 

A library designed to look like a tree house, the award-winning Bishan Community Library spans 4,000 square meters. Its simple and sophisticated design was meant to look like a bookshelf with protruding books. The colourful pods that stick out of one side of the building offer private spaces for reading. It is also a perfect place to hold seminars and workshops. The ceiling-high glass windows provide you a full view of what is happening outside the building.

 

 

 

5. Tianyi Pavilion Library, China

 

This is the world’s third oldest private library, built in 1561 by Fan Qin. In 1665, Fan’s great-grandson, Fan Wenguang, added a pavilion by the pond, as well as artificial hills and life-like animal sculptures to the library’s surroundings, giving is a classic Chinese garden façade.

Inside, it holds an impressive private collection of 300,000 ancient books and historical records. Also known as Book City in South China, it also hosts the Tianyi Library Museum, which showcases the culture of storing books.

 

 

 

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Nigel Ong is a Malaysian that enjoys mountain hiking, long walks, and jungle trekking.He is also the co-founder of FlyMe360 Travel & Lifestyle Magazine.

 

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