Unique Book Shopping Experience @ BookXcess Kong Heng Ipoh

BookXcess Kong Heng Ipoh
BookXcess Kong Heng Ipoh

Ipohites! Your call for a bookstore that stands out, one that sells a wide genre without costing a bomb, or without having to wait for the Big Bad Wolf Sale, has been answered, with the opening of BookXcess yesterday at Kong Heng Square.

Andrew Yap, founder of BookXcess and the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale (R), introduces his bookstore
Andrew Yap, founder of BookXcess and the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale (R), introduces his bookstore
on the ground floor
on the ground floor

Oh, how we book lovers in this city have been envious of Kuala Lumpur for enjoying the biggest bookstore in Malaysia that is open 24 hours a day, or of Penang with its bookstore that boasts the longest bookshelf!

bookshelves are made from bricks
bookshelves are made from bricks
Augmented Reality (AR) books
Augmented Reality (AR) books

Ipoh now has a similarly Instagrammable bookstore with the arrival of BookXcess, that has converted a former bank (United Asian Bank or UAB), safe deposit boxes, vaults and all, into a bookstore that not only offers affordable books at 50% – 80% off recommended retail price, but also a unique experience to boot.

books, books, books
books, books, books
this way to the basement
this way to the basement

Don’t judge a book by its cover, as the saying goes, and it holds true for BookXcess Kong Heng Ipoh, with its unassuming storefront.

pop art
pop art
bank vaults converted into bookshelves
bank vaults converted into bookshelves

Yes, the volume of books is impressive, the availability of Augmented Reality (AR) books is revolutionary, but the look and feel of an actual bank that has been maintained in its original condition as best as possible is one of a kind.

another section
another section
 and another
and another

“It is such an honour to be part of Ipoh’s rich history and beautiful architecture. With the opening of BookXcess Kong Heng, we hope to meet the demand for affordable books here in the Silver State. Based on our past experiences when we organised the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale in Ipoh, many of our customers requested for us to set up a permanent store, so here we are,” shared Andrew Yap, founder of BookXcess and the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale.

 Yasmin at Kong Heng newseum
Yasmin at Kong Heng newseum
Jovian with Yasmin's personal computer
Jovian with Yasmin’s personal computer

The Yasmin at Kong Heng Museum (now newseum) has also been moved from Level 2 to basement, where the bank vaults are, to give it more exposure. You can read about my post on Yasmin at Kong Heng at this link. Something new would be Yasmin’s original Mac desktop on display, whereby visitors are encouraged to delve into Yasmin’s mind through her unpublished works still stored in her computer.

screening room
screening room

In conjunction with the opening of BookXcess Kong Heng Ipoh, enjoy 20% discount storewide, until 14th April. Also, stand to win RM5 cash vouchers when you snap a photo at BookXcess Kong Heng Ipoh, and upload it to Facebook or Instagram. Remember to hashtag #bookxcessipoh and set your photo to public. There are ten daily winners until 13th April.

BookXcess Kong Heng is the company’s ninth bookstore, second outside the Klang Valley. Business hours are daily from 8am until 10pm.

Event: Grand Launch of BookXcess Kong Heng Ipoh
Add: 91, Jalan Sultan Yussuf (Belfield Street), 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Date: 11th April, 2019
Time: 3pm

Instagram: @bookxcess
Web: BookXcess Kong Heng Ipoh

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