Areca Books, George Town

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In the heart of Georgetown, Areca Books remains best known for its illustrated publications on tropical architecture, social history, and visual arts. The shop's well-stocked shelves feature content that promotes Southeast Asia's cultural heritage and religious diversity. The bookstore is a great place to stop if you wish to learn something, pick up a few good reads, or simply take advantage of free Wi-Fi. Take a look at our George Town holiday planner to schedule your visit to Areca Books and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • April 23, 2017
    English book was pretty display, just looking and fun. Did not buy anything because it doesn't read English books. A friend to buy for the Interior.
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  • January 16, 2017
    This place is amazing You can get incredible books about Penang, Malaysia, or religion. They even sell souvenirs, post cards, among others. It's suitable at a very convenient location for tourists, in...  more »
  • December 31, 2016
    Penang Publisher Areca Seattle book, sell book store located in little India area, a large, very comfortable, with enough empty location let enough people book leisurely look, there are plenty of Happy Valley in future activities West Social Club Med in Nigerian history bibkn,
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  • June 29, 2017
    One of the best sources of South East Asian books and a publisher of great integrity and attention to quality. I have been forty years in my involvement with ASEAN and what Areca does is like a mini Smithsonian Library. Khoo Salma and her team give voice to layers which would otherwise be lost. They also are great booksellers and all the books i have bought are a delight, while broadening my understanding.. Professor Stephen J Hall
  • August 16, 2017
    Good environment, but I think they set up a least 10+ shelf of books there.

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