With the muggy and sunny of Saigon’s summer, which place should you visit to avoid the hot weather? Today, I will introduce to you the most beautiful and innovative bookstore in Ho Chi Minh City which is The Carp bookstore.
Why the name Carp?
The name of this bookstore delivers a meaningful message. While Vietnamese people currently seem to forget reading books, instead, they tend to read short articles and news online. As a wish, Mr. Tran Dai Thang – who is an artist and the founder of this bookstore hopes that one day ‘Carp will be magically transformed into a Dragon’ (based on Vietnamese fairy tale). In other words, he hopes that the Vietnam culture of reading and intellectuality development develop continually comparable to developed nations. In order to achieve this objective, the Carp bookstore has a unique architecture and colorful interior design.
Why I should visit this bookstore?
This bookstore is not similar to many other stores in Vietnam especially Saigon. The shelves in this store are not merely made by coarse wood and are putted in a corner with full of books on, all the shelves in the Carp are painted with different colors and books are displayed artistically.
How about the books here?
In the Carp, there are plenty of valuable English books and photo-books about Saigon and Hanoi in the ancient time. Furthermore, the visitors might feel interested when seeing the collection of Vietnamese posters about the Communist Party of Vietnam in a photo-book. Some interesting books about the daily life in Vietnam will attract you at a very first look.
If you admire a General of Vietnam’s Army – Vo Nguyen Giap, you can find a valuable book in the Carp which provide some details about this notability.
The books in the Carp are divers, from the fairy tale for children to novel for adults, from the comics to the professional journal. The Carp also sells various accessories.
Furthermore, there are some comfortable benches where you can sit to read books during sunny afternoon.
How can I go to the Carp bookstore?
The Carp is located on 211 – 213 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. The bookstore is near the War Remnants Museum on Vo Van Tan Street, therefore, if you visit the museum first, you only need to walk for 850 meters to the Carp which takes you about 10 minutes walking. If your starting point is Ben Thanh Market, you can visit the bookstore by taxi (about 15 minutes for 1.5 kilometers) or by bus number 13 or 65 (about 25 minutes).
And finally, I would like to wish you have a good and safe trip in Saigon.