The Wuguan Bookstore in Kaohsiung. (Photo courtesy of @u/JoeyKaotykGWC


Bookstores often evoke a sense of peace and quiet where book-lovers can happily roam between shelves and browse through their favorites; however, would the same be true for a pitch-black bookstore?


A recent post on Reddit shows a bookstore in Taiwan immersed in darkness with lights only illuminating books, tables and other merchandise, leaving many foreigners confused.


The dimly lit picture evoked numerous responses from the foreign community questioning the decision, with one commenting “It’s all fun and games until someone falls over and slams their face on the table.”


The bookstore is actually the “Wuguan Bookstore” (無關實驗書店) located in Kaohsiung, Pier 2.

Photo courtesy of 無關實驗書店/Facebook


In fact, the reasoning behind the pitch-black bookstore is due to the owner wanting readers to focus on the books themselves, and forget about their surroundings.


According to various reports, the concept behind the store is for customers to remember their childhood, when there was a book that they just couldn’t put down.


After the lights were turned off, most kids would duck under the bedsheets and shine a flashlight to continue reading; thus, this similar “ambiance” was replicated in the Wuguan Bookstore.


The bookstore has since received much attention among the foreign community with many promising to go soak in the eclectic bookstore as soon as they get the chance. 

The exterior of the Wuguan Bookstore. (Photo courtesy of 無關實驗書店/Facebook)


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