Eslite Bookstore announced last month that its Xinyi Store would become its next 24-hour bookstore to take over from the Dunnan Store. Xinyi Store officially started its trial operation on Friday, attracting many book-lovers to go exploring.
Many people, on the other hand, chose to say goodbye to the Dunnan store which is soon to be closed.
Most people don’t know that Eslite Dunnan Bookstore, which has been open 24/7 for the past 30 years, will close on May 31. As the first 24-hour bookstore in the world, the Dunnan store was praised by CNN as one of the “coolest bookstores in the world.” It has since become one of the most famous cultural landmarks in Taiwan.
究竟誠品書店在來台外國人眼中與一般書店有什麼不同呢？在敦南店週日正式謝幕之前，The China Post特別至誠品敦南店，訪問外籍人士，分享他們與誠品的回憶。
So what exactly makes Eslite Bookstore different from other book shops? The China Post headed to the bookstore to ask foreigners to share their memories of Eslite’s Dunnan store.
Tara Scott, who is from the United States, currently lives in Jingmei and usually goes to Eslite Dunan Bookstore at 3 a.m. to buy a magazine when she can’t sleep. Afterward, she went to a nearby American restaurant to get ice cream or order a soup to drink and enjoy reading.
Tara has been a regular visitor to the 24-hour Dunnan Eslite Bookstore since 2002. On Mother’s Day, she brought her mother, who visited Taiwan for the first time, to Eslite Dunnan Bookstore, making it a very meaningful bookstore for her.
Another Belgian interviewee said that he had stayed in Taiwan for many years and he loved to go to the Eslite bookstore when he felt stressed. Going to Eslite Bookstore became his salvation.
He shared that when he first arrived in Taiwan, he wanted to chase a girl (now his wife) so he decided to bring her to Eslite Bookstore for a date because it’s open 24 hours a day. Besides, it’s very quiet and relaxing.
Asked about whether there is such a bookstore in Belgium, He said: “There is no such thing as a bookstore in Belgium that lets you read for free,” adding that if you read too long you might get thrown out.
Nacho Kleinman, a Spanish student who came to learn Chinese at the NTU for three months, said that this was his first time visiting the Dunnan bookstore.
Nacho found the overall environment to be very clean, and the decor of the reading area was an eye-opener because he had never seen a bookstore with a large table for people to read.
He’s also surprised that here you can pick any book to sit down and read and there’s no one to interrupt your reading.