The world-renowned Taiwanese Eslite Bookstore is expected to open its doors to KL-ites in 2022.
Dubbed “Asia’s Best Bookstore” by TIME Magazine and “World’s Coolest Bookstore” by CNN, Eslite is expected to open its first outlet in Malaysia at The Starhill luxury mall in Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Bintang shopping district. The store will be part of a bigger cultural venue under the same name where visitors can dine at themed restaurants or catch art performances.
Bookworms can expect a vast selection of Chinese, English and Malay language books, as well music records, handmade crafts, and various lifestyle-related products. Eslite Spectrum, which was founded by the late Robert Wu Ching-yu, is expected to take up the entire 70,000 square feet of the mall’s first floor.
“From Taiwan to the Chinese community and then Asia, we are very excited to establish a new flagship branch, the first store in Southeast Asia, in the capital of Malaysia,” chairperson Mercy Wu, 42, said. “We also wish to create more opportunities for cross-regional dialogue between Taiwanese and Malaysian writers and their works.”
This will be the bookstore’s first outpost in Southeast Asia. It already has outlets in Hong Kong, China and its hometown Taiwan, where it has opened nearly 40 branches.
Eslite was established in Taipei in 1989 and is known in Taiwan for operating 24 hours and hosting lectures, exhibitions, and even musical performances.
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