Reading ensures a life style without limits. This philosophy lies dear to the heart of a certain group of Pingtung locals who are as passionate about reading as they are about this southern land. As a result, they’ve not only devoted themselves to sowing the seeds of reading and cultivating a widespread enthusiasm for books, but also strive to see that their efforts have a positive impact on the environment. If you’re very much on the same page, a books-on-foot walking tour of the local bookstores is undoubtedly a must.
小陽 。 日栽書屋
Having grown up right here in Pingtung,the owner possesses all the frank openness and warmth so often associated with distinctive southern charm. On the doorstep and at the back, you’ll find carefully maintained pot plants and bonsais, while the bright sunshine streaming in through the old house’s wooden windows, you can find an elegant and natural reader-friendly environment. The inner space has been divided for different purposes such as an independent bookstore, peaceful reading areas, and a special showcasing section where art and cultural events or seminars are hosted occasionally. So pick a good book and a cozy little corner for yourself, and enjoy the erudite tranquility.
Closed on Mon- Wed
Add:No. 1, Qingying Ln., Pingtung City, Pingtung County, Taiwan
In order to promote a culture of bookstore browsing and public readings in Pingtung,the county government collaborated with Bleu & book to transfor m the historical residence of General Sun Li-jen into a bookstore specializing in history and the humanities.
Mostly painted in white, the residence’s spacious, sunlit interior soon envelops visitors in the languid leisure of the South. In addition to providing a wide selection of books, primarily on local history and culture, Bleu&book’s efforts to promote reading through various events and exhibitions definitely play its part in bringing a richness and diversity to Pingtung’s budding bookstore culture.
Open:10:00-18:00 Mon-Fri,and 10:00-20:00 Sat &Sun.
Add:No. 61, Zhongshan Rd., Pingtung City, Pingtung County 900, Taiwan
繫 。 本屋
On Qingdao street, you'll find row upon row
of heritage-house restaurants. Standing out amongst these , is Akauw Books , a comprehensive bookstore with a focus on ethnic issues, dietary research and, more recently, children's books. The first Chinese character " 繫" of the store is pronounced "xì", and literally means "connection". It thus reflects the owner’s hopes of the store being a highly social and interactive venue where different groups can share not only knowledge in the form of books and workshops, but also diverse ethnic cultures and practices.
Open:10:30-18:30 Wed- Sun. Closed on Mon & Tue
Add:No. 112, Qingdao St., Pingtung City, PingtungCounty 900, Taiwan
Pingtung City Walking Map
Known in ancient times as Akaw or the "The Ol’Monkey", Pingtung is a place where restless crowds mingle with a laidback and down-to-earth vibe, as well as tradition dances with modernity. An excellent way to explore this city of harmonious contrasts is by foot, with a relaxing stroll to take in all the local sights.
I/o studio 屏東縣青創聚落
The I/O studio has been set up as the center of various activities and creative markets. The young store owners have not only turned the I/O Studio into a popular hub for young people to check in on social media but also add vibrant energy in promoting local art and culture.
Open 14:00-21:00 週一公休
Open 14:00-21:00 daily, closed on Mons.
Add 屏東市勝利路77 號
Add No. 77, Shengli Rd., Pingtung City, Pingtung County 900, Taiwan
Victory Star V.I.P. Zone is a former military dependents'village in Pingtung that provided housing for almost 100 families of those serving their country. Recent plans for restoration have led to a variety of dining and art business ventures being proposed with the aim of revitalizing this old settlement and injecting some creativity and energy.
Add 屏東市青島街106 號
Add No. 89, Qingdao St., Pingtung City, Pingtung County 900, Taiwan
The owner of the only bookstore, Linger Bookstore, on Xiao Liuqiu Island has a passion for protecting marine lives, and he is also the founder of the Islander Divers hostel. Not surprisingly, the two establishments share three main themes: ocean, environment, and travel. Every detail of the bookstore’s interior virtually reflects the proprietors’ devotion to and concern for the sea. While the selection of books on offer is no exception, Linger also exhibits and sells the works of marine artists, goods produced by NGOs for a worthy cause, and other ecofriendly products. Through the sale of the items, the owner’s ultimate goal is to interact more with visitors and increase everyone’s understanding and knowledge about the ocean.
Open 14:00-21:00 不定時休
Open 14:00~21:00 with irr egular closing schedule
Add 屏東縣琉球鄉中正路255-1 號
Add No. 255-1, Zhongzheng Rd., Liuqiu Township,
Pingtung County 929, Taiwan
Luv Letter Books
Established by a group of young locals dedicating to preserve the local culture. Hidden inside an old steel factory, Luv Letter Books is proud to be Donggang’s one and only independent bookstore. With one of founders’ mantras being "one problem, one book", it’s no surprise that the store offers a wide selection of reading materials intended to create possibilities and provide solutions to just about any issue. Moreover, it aims to be a social space where visitors can share not only their reading experiences, but also their thoughts, knowledge, and ideas.
Open 18:30~21:30 on weekdays, and 15:00~20:00 on weekends. Closed on Wed.
Add:No. 40-1, Yanhai Rd., Donggang Township, Pingtung County 928, Taiwan
Xiao Liuqiu and Donggang Walking Map
Famed for its rich marine life and the warmth and hospitality of its residents, Xiao Liuqiu ("Small Ryūkyū") Island is surrounded by turquoise sea and blue skies. Spacious and scenic, it’s ideal for a dawn stroll with no one but the morning
star for company.
Le Ballon Rouge
The owners of Le Ballon Rouge are a couple from northern Taiwan who fell in love with the wonderful sunshine and easygoing ambience of Hengchun, so they decided to start a new life in the South. The store is named after the fictional southernmost independent Taiwanese bookstore featured in a movie directed by a local director, Hou Hsiao-hsien. In addition to providing a comfortable reading space for regular patrons and visitors alike, the store has a wide selection of books expressing different views on various subjects, and it aims to make reading a part of veryday life for as many people as possible. By playing its fine collection of vinyl records, Le Ballon also ncourages travelers to slow down and listen out for the beauty to be found everywhere they go.
Open週一至週六 13:30-21:30 ，週日 10:00-18:00，週三公休
Open 13:30~21:30 Mon- Sat and 10:00-18:00 on Sun. Close on Wed.
Add 屏東縣恆春鎮北門路110 巷86 號
Add No. 86, Ln. 110, Beimen Rd., Hengchun Township, Pingtung County 946, Taiwan
Hengchun Walking Map
Once known as Lang jiao, Hengchun is the only place in Taiwan today that still preserves four intact castle gates. Tours of these and other significant landmarks are sure to furnish visitors with a memorable impression of how the past and present remain interlaced. While leisurely exploring the historical old streets of Hengchun, round off a very pleasant and relaxing day with a variety of delicious foods.
East City Court
Le Ballon Rouge pooled their resources to create an inviting cluster of canteens, workshops, and studios. They envisaged visitors to associate this special art and culture zone with local communities and find distinctive beauty of Hengchun.
Open:11:00-20:30 週二公休 closed on Tue
Add:No. 19, Ln. 2, Dongmen Rd., Hengchun Township, Pingtung County 946, Taiwan