This Old Historical Bank In Ipoh Has Been Given New Life As A Cosy Bookstore

Visitors can shop for books among bank vaults and safety deposits.

The historical Kong Heng Square, Ipoh recently welcomed a new addition to its quirky little neighbourhood

BookXcess Kong Heng opened its doors to the public on Thursday, 11 April. 

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Once home to one of Ipoh's busiest banks...

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... BookXcess Kong Heng offers customers a unique shopping experience by building its bookstore within the bank's vaults and safety deposits!

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In addition to the usual expansive range of titles in all genres, BookXcess Kong Heng offers a selection of thirteen exclusive Augmented Reality (AR) children's titles.

The store also draws inspiration from its neighbouring Concubine Lane by incorporating cheeky neon signs into its design

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If books are not enough to draw you, then maybe this 'newseum' dedicated to the late Yasmin Ahmad will move you

Located in the basement of the bookstore, 'Yasmin at Kong Heng' showcases the best of the beloved filmmaker's festive Petronas advertisements and films. 

Visitors can pore through Yasmin's very own Mac desktop, which still contains the original scripts for 'Sepet' and 'Wasurenegusa'. 

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"Having 'Yasmin at Kong Heng' nestled in BookXcess is an honour as we can continue the legacy of Yasmin and tell her story to the world so that her beloved storytelling is cherished and remembered," said BookXcess founder Andrew Yap.

Mark down these details before you head over!

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BookXcess Kong Heng
No. 91, Jalan Sultan Yussuf (Belfield Street),
30000 Ipoh, Perak.

Open from 8am to 10pm daily.

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