Want China Times
By: Chien Li-hsin and Staff Reporter
A bookstore designed by architect Chu Chih-kang from Taiwan was recently selected by
Architectural Digest, a prestigious online architectural magazine, as one of the 14 world’s most beautiful bookstores, according to our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.
The Fangsuo Book Store in Chengdu, capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province, opened in January. The only other bookstore from Asia to make Architectural Digest’s list is in Japan.
Chu said he was inspired by the history of Xuanzang, the famous Buddhist monk from the Tang Dynasty whose adventures were fictionalized in the classic novel Journey to the West. Xuanzang resided and practiced Buddhism at Daci Temple in Chengdu before he undertook a spiritual pilgrimage to India. [FULL STORY]