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A Visit To Logos Hope – The Floating Book Fair

Have you heard about Logos Hope before? It’s the largest floating book fair that travels around the world. The Logos Hope is actually a name of a ship that is currently park at the Swettenham Pier in Penang. On board is a mini books fair, or also can say it’s like a mini Popular bookstore featuring many Christian books, and also many other books too.


Entrance is RM1 for everyone and free for children below 12 years old. I was curious and I went to check out the Logos Hope with my girlfriend, Hueisean to see what is it like on board.

It was the Hari Raya day 1, Malay friends went to visit and celebrate and we went to check out the floating book fair. Upon arrival, I see many people queue up to get on the ship.

To my surprise, the queue was pretty long and it took about 20 minutes to reach the entrance. Since it was near to sea, with sea breeze blowing, it’s nice to wait patiently and chit-chat at the same time. Slowly, we reached the ship and we got excited.

The Logos Hope, by GBA Ships travel around the world with a vision of “Bringing knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world.” I really salute the volunteer crew that work on board and travel around the world with most of the time on the ship. It’s not an easy job.

Thankfully, the weather was pretty good, partially Sunny, with a cloudy blue sky. We walked into the ship slowly, up the stairs, into the main deck where the book fair is.

Best part is that it’s open until 10pm from Tuesday to Sunday and everyday open at 10am except Sunday at 1pm. So you can go relax in the ship sometimes although there’s nothing much.


Upon entering, I could see many people wandering around. There’s an area where people can see the history of the ship in both electronic media format and photo format. I was not really interested in it, so took a photos with the logo and started to go with the flow.

GBA Ships! Yeah. Do you know GBA? I think many don’t know about because everyone now is so high tech and advance and only know about iPhone and PSP, GBA was the GameBoy Advance, a gaming device with better graphic. I had one and sold it. Ouch.

Went to check out the books with many Christianity books around. Some are good buy because they are cheap but I have no idea how old are them. Lot’s of language dictionary too. I was looking for home improvement interior design book, I found but didn’t buy any because they were too old. If you are a book lover, you must get on board and I am sure you will find your desire books.


One cool thing is that the price of the book on the ship is using Units and 100 Units is RM8. I wonder why.

Found a cafe named International Cafe selling pop corn, pastry, some juice and soft drink but did not get any because of the long queue, then we went out of the ship and headed somewhere else!

Must visit if you are in Penang. If you are in Kuala Lumpur, it’s coming to Port Klang this month on 28th September 2011 and park for a month. Check out the schedule at the site.

P/S: Good night people, tomorrow got school! Down.

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Nick is an interior designer and tech enthusiast based in Penang, Malaysia who constantly exploring places, indulges great food, discovering good design and is a shutterbug. Nick usually writes about Penang, happenings, travel, food, design and personal thoughts.

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