Going to Doulos Hope's floating book fair at Vivocity? Here are 8 visiting tips
Visit the book fair at Doulos Hope that is docked at Singapore's Vivocity waterfront promenade until 21 May!
The Doulos Hope has docked at Vivocity's waterfront promenade! If you haven't heard of this ship, it is owned by Christian outreach organisation, Operation Mobilisation. From 7-21 May 2023, you'll be able to visit the ship's floating book fair while its doors are open to the public in Singapore!
Here are 8 visiting tips if you're planning to visit the ship and its book fair:
1) The Duolos Hope is docked at Vivocity's waterfront promenade. It's open to the public from 7-21 May 2023, 1pm-9pm. From Vivocity, you just need to walk out of the mall along the exits located at level one near the harbourfront restaurants like Wine Connection, Crystal Jade Pavilion and Yole.
2) Free tickets at tinyurl.com/visitdouloshope to visit the ship's bookstore are fully booked as of 10 May. But you can try walking in; if capacity is not reached, they'll let you on board. But I would suggest trying your luck on a weekday rather than weekend. I was there on a Tuesday afternoon and it wasn't crowded at all.
Anyway, this is Doulos Ship's reply to my DM: "Due to high demand, unfortunately, all the tickets have now been booked out. However, there may be the possibility for walk-ins to still be able to visit the ship, if visitor capacity has not been reached on board. Ticket holders will have priority for entry still, and while we cannot guarantee that walk-ins will be able to board, we would recommend this as an alternative option."
3) Arrive within the hour of your booked timing with your e-ticket. You can also try arriving 15 minutes earlier than your booked timing. If capacity allows, staff will let you enter earlier. There's no time limit on shopping at the book fair though!
4) Bring a brolly just in case. Much of the queue at the entrance is unsheltered.
5) The book fair area is sheltered but non-air-conditioned, so light summer clothing would be good!
6) There are a good mix of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction books. Price tags are in Units with 100 Units representing SGD5. There are signs placed around the bookfair for easy reference and conversion.
I saw quite a number of novels priced at just SGD10 and even lower for toddler and baby books 😉
Here are some examples of the books available there.
These children reference books look good too!
7) There's a cafe on the same level as the book fair selling drinks and snacks at SGD$2-4.50.
8) Only cash and credit cards are accepted for payment onboard.
It was quite a cool and novel experience shopping for books on a ship. I didn't leave with any books (would have loved it if there were more middle grade selection!) but I really enjoyed the experience and gorgeous views from the ship!
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