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Address: Bras Basah Complex, Blk 233 Bain St, #04-11, Singapore 180231, Singapore
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+65 6334 1108
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Bras Basah Complex is a cultural feast that is full of books, art, music...

Bras Basah Complex is a cultural feast that is full of books, art, music and literature. Just across the road from the famous Raffles Hotel, the complex has a large selection of fiction, children’s books and magazines.

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Soso

Not a lot to see. Cloths are all four locals if you are a small size. Some massage shops I would find other centres to shop at. Lot of local restaurants around area. Could be... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Frank M
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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165 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a lot to see. Cloths are all four locals if you are a small size. Some massage shops I would find other centres to shop at. Lot of local restaurants around area. Could be worth a visit.

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1 Thank Frank M
Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

The building have huge Popular bookstore (multi storeys!), Art suppliers, Singapore Post at L1 (access from outside). Old building and with characters, charms.

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Thank Anita S
Hong Kong
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109 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

I searched for this place before I came for my visit, because I was looking for art book shops. I didn't expect it to be so near to the Raffles Hotel (just behind it) and that it is a whole mall of books! I was here to see the Basheer Graphics book shop, only to find more surprises! It is... More 

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Thank VeraNov
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40 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2016

bras basah complex is located just next to the National Library. Good place for 2nd hand and out of print books, textbooks, exam papers. This is also a good place for art materials (Art Friend, Art Mark patronized by design school students and craft lovers), music instruments, old CD,DVDs, music scores. there is a multi-story Popular Bookstore selling new books,... More 

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1 Thank heyitskl
Singapore, Singapore
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1,335 reviews
407 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

I arrived the area too early before my lunch appointment at Restaurant nearby. I popped up to check out this place. At 11 a.m. was still pretty dark and quiet. Many shops selling Chinese books, stationary and copying, printing documents. Some of them do a business card. So, I just kept it in mind if I ever needed to print... More 

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2015

If you're into artsy stationery and old textbooks / vintage / second-hand books, don't give this place a miss. Ask for a bargain, though. The shop named "Book Point" (two storeys high) quotes exorbitant prices, even higher than what you need to pay in a regular book shop. However, it has MANY titles, titles which you might want badly but... More 

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Thank peen1108
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5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

Last time when i visited at here,i bought 3-4 books only.I am regret that i could buy more!The second-hand bookstores at here are awesome!The books are so cheap(I bought the second and third books of THE LORD OF THE RING in only 9SGD)and the book types are so many,you can find literature books at here,action,fiction,thriller and so on and most... More 

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Thank PM L
Singapore
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 October 2015

The Bras Basah Complex, also known as 书城, is a good place to get second-hand books, new books, art & craft materials and etc. It has recently undone renovation.

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Thank LeeHuttons
Singapore, Singapore
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598 reviews
510 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 August 2015

During the 70s, I was studying at a secondary school near the city and used to frequent this book complex for assessment books and leisure reading. Those shops manned by Indian shop keepers attracted me the most as they had many types of 10 years' series book guides that you hardly find at other book shops. It is like a... More 

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1 Thank soh_kien_peng
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 May 2015

Looking for second-hand books? This complex could keep you busy for hours. Highly recommended. Be warned that the higher up you go, the more expensive the books seem to be.

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