Open 24 hours a day and offering a complete range of newly-published books, Eslite Bookstore Dunnan Branch is a unique part of Taipei's cultural landscape, and attracts throngs of tourists. It has also been the subject of in-depth reports by the domestic and foreign media, including Britain's BBC, France's Fifth Channel, and Japan's Fuji TV. Perhaps as a result of this media coverage, vast numbers of Taipei tourists make a pilgrimage to the eslite Bookstore Dunnan Branch.
The bookstore contains approximately 230,000 books of many types in both Chinese and foreign languages. The bookstore's various floors also house artistic and cultural activities, intriguing stationary, popular music, fashion items, cultural creativity design products, and a food court with thematic restaurants and publications. As a result, this is not exclusively a bookstore, but is rather a fascinating, wildly-diverse platform for cultural creativity and cultural undertakings.
Dubbed "Asia's best bookstore" by TIME Magazine, the eslite Bookstore Dunnan Branch is an inconspicuous resident of an office tower by day, but becomes a gleaming pearl in Taipei's Eastern District by night. We recommend you pay a visit to the bookstore at night to truly appreciate its wonderful feast of knowledge!
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BL Bannan Line Zhongxiao Dunhua
Lovely 24 Hour BookstoreEslite Bookstore Dunhua is a 24 Hour Bookstore where you can find anybook you can think of. You can stay at Eslite as long as you want and just read a book. Their staff are very good in english.
Londres, Reino Unido
A 24 hour stationery & bookstoreA really nice bookstore and stationary shop that is open 24 hours a day. It is common to see students sitting around on the floor or on any seat or bench they can find reading books as any book which is not sealed in plastic can be read. On the B2 floor there is a stationery section that also sells some wonderful cards, a music section selling DVD's, CD's and vinyl albums, a large room selling discounted toys although unfortunately the discounts were mostly of around 15% - 25% so not particularly cheap, and a section selling mostly minerals, rocks and fossils, either sold per gram or per piece. As a former geologist, his section was the most interesting for me. With our two young children with us, we bought quite a few things, gifts for friends and stationery items for the children when they return back to school.
Poor Customer ServiceNo smiles or greeting from the staff during the visit. No staff proactively asking if they can help with anything. Not very eager to help look for things when asked. After spending several thousand nt$$$ on books I had to put my bag down for a minute on the table on the way out. Staff yelled at me saying the table was for paying customers only. Seems a discounted coffee could have been provided. Selection of books is limited.
Hong Kong, China
Soon to be closedI really love this 7x24 open bookstore. Many visitors were sitting on the ground and read their books quietly. I like this picture and it make me feel comfort to stay in this book store. One bad news recently confirm by the bookstore. The Eslite Main Store will be permanently closed by 2020 due to the lease issue. If you want to take a look this great place, you have to act fast.
Washington D.C., Distrito de Columbia
Great Japanese Bookstore with More Than Just BooksI had read about Eslite bookstore in a guide and decided to check it out. This is what American bookstores used to be -- lots of books of all types with a depth of title and ability to browse for a long time. Most of the titles are in Japanese but there are some books in English. I loved that they had a big section of books translated from Japanese in all genres. I found Murakami books, poetry translations, books from the 18th and 19th century with new translations, and lots of other cool English books. The store, at least this one that is supposedly the main store, has lots of floors with lots of other stuff like records/CDs, gifts and artistic products and some services. This is a great way to see how Japanese revere books and how silent the experience is. If you are in the area of Da'an you should check it out.
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