Located in the heart of George Town’s world heritage site, the two Gerakbudaya Bookshops are an essential part of the city’s cultural life. The bookshops are places for people who love books to meet, talk and, of course, browse – all in the name of the great conversation between authors and readers.
Opened in 2014, the first bookshop at 78 Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling has an in-depth selection of literary fiction, poetry and translations as well as hard-to-find titles from smaller, independent publishers. The second bookshop, opened in 2018, is located in the new Hikayat arts and letters space at 226 Lebuh Pantai – and concentrates on non-fiction titles.
We are passionate about the books that matter. Our selection of over 5,000 titles in stock ranges from books about Penang to current affairs and politics, Southeast Asian studies, not forgetting a large display on the arts, culture, lifestyle, travel and popular science. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for we can order it online from a choice of thousands of titles, with prompt delivery ensured.
Whether you are based locally, visiting the area on holiday or just passing through, there are lots of reasons to drop in. And if you aren’t able to visit us in person, we hope our website and online bookshop will give you a flavour of what makes Gerakbudaya Bookshop unique.
Around Gerakbudaya Bookshop
The original Gerakbudaya Bookshop, focusing on fiction, poetry and letters, is located on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (formerly Pitt Street), right in the heart of George Town’s world heritage site, close to many fine historic buildings. The bookshop is directly opposite the Sri Mahamariamman temple, and down the road from the Kapitan Keling mosque, Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) temple and St George’s church – a true ‘street of harmony’. We are also a stone’s throw away from the bustling streets of Little India, the hawker stalls and cafes of Chulia Street, and the creative enclave of Armenian Street with its galleries and museums.
The new Gerakbudaya Bookshop, focusing on non-fiction, is located on Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street) on the ground floor of the arts space Hikayat, near the junction with Lebuh Ah Quee, well known for its street art. The bookshop is along the street from both Cheah kongsi and Lim kongsi, two of Penang’s great clan houses. Nearby you’ll find ChinaHouse, with its galleries and live music venue, and Black Kettle.
You can find the bookshop easily by bicycle, car or on foot. The major transport hubs of the Jetty and Komtar are also nearby.
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Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11.00am—8.00pm