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. Add Areca Books and other attractions to your George Town trip itinerary using our George Town online holiday planner .
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  • Lovely, relaxing space perfect for a break from the midday sun. Interesting selection of books and art objects by local artists. Certainly much more to offer than I had expected when I randomly wander...  more »
  • A good place to get out of the sun in George Town. They offer a good selection of guide books, books on Penang history along with a cup of coffee. The typewriter inviting you to type out your own Pena...  more »
  • Loved the selection of books on local culture and heritage. And also great that it’s location at the Star Building is opened everyday. Located on the ground floor of the refurbished building, it’s ver...  more »
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  • Lovely, relaxing space perfect for a break from the midday sun. Interesting selection of books and art objects by local artists. Certainly much more to offer than I had expected when I randomly wandered in.
  • 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
  • Good environment, but I think they set up a least 10+ shelf of books there.

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