Bookstore with a Difference

By Gisele Soo

The concept at this children’s bookstore is rather unique and it may be a one of its kind in Ipoh.

According to the owner, Myn Chern, her intention of establishing “Pod in the Hood” is to share her love of books with fellow Perakeans and to encourage reading, especially among children. Reading skills should be instilled in every child as it is a vital part of a child’s academic development.

“I grew up with all kinds of books, and as a mother, I hope to enrich the lives of my children by equipping them with skills that will help them secure a bright future,” she told this scribe at her store recently.

She hopes that Pod in the Hood will be a perfect place to nurture children via books and educational toys.

What sets the bookstore apart from the rest is that the books are hand-picked by Myn Chern herself. “I have learned a lot from my children. I travelled around the globe sourcing for books and educational toys that are advantageous to kids,” she remarked.

The books are filled with colourful visuals which allow more engagement by utilising their senses of sight, hearing and touch.











Besides that, the toys are organic. Hence, the bookstore offers a much healthier and safer option for children. The stuffed toys are handmade by locals.

Pod in the Hood is located at Unit 6 on the ground floor of WEIL Hotel, Ipoh. It operates daily between 9.30am and 7pm.

Check out its Instagram: or contact Myn Chern: 012 236 0883.


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