What are your favorites to do in Seoul? Reading has a lot of benefits and is an essential part of life. In recent years, visiting a unique bookstore has become a must-do when traveling to Seoul. Here’s a list of the top 5 best bookstores in Seoul. Read on and find out the one you like, add it to your trip and immerse in a book!

**Please note that opening hours are subject to change.


1. Coex Mall Starfield Library

 

 

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With a spacious area in 2800 m² and a 13-meter high bookshelf, Starfield Library located in the middle of COEX Mall is the best spot for you to indulge in the world of books. It offers more than 50,000 books in a wide selection, such as humanities, economics, and hobbies. There are also special sections dedicated to 400+ magazines and famous authors. Visitors can read e-books with iPads as well. You can easily grab a book and find a comfortable space to enjoy with a cup of coffee. Also, you can admire the installation arts in different art projects and take an Instagram-worthy picture. Besides, it’s connected with a shopping mall and nearby the COEX Aquarium. Why don’t you plan a half-day trip and have fun around?

Location|955-9 Daechi-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Subway Station|Line 2 Samseong Station, Exit 5, 6/Line 9 Bongeunsa Station, Exit 1, 6, 7/ Line 7 Cheongdam Station, Exit 2
Opening Hours|10:30 – 22:00, every day

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2. Arc N Book

 

 

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Arc N Book aims to create a space where people can communicate and connect through their love of books. It’ s a unique cultural space with a bookstore, lifestyle shop, restaurant, and cafe. With the retro-style interior in the concept of The Great Gatsby and a book tunnel, it became a new Instagram-worthy spot for visitors. The complex bookstore is divided into different themed sections: Daily, Weekend, Style, and Inspiration, where you can find different experiences. Besides, Arc N Book locates in Seoul City Center that takes you only 5 minutes walk from Lotte Duty-Free Shop and 10 minutes walk from Myeongdong Area. Also, the iconic Taegeukdang Bakery has its branch here. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the bookstore next time!

Location|29 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Subway Station|Line 2 Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station, Exit 1-1
Opening Hours|10:00 – 22:00, every day

📍Birth of Industrial Korea Walking Tour in Euljiro Area


3. Book Park 북파크

 

 

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Book Park is one of the top 5 best bookstores in Seoul that locates on the 2nd and the 3rd floor of Blue Square in Yongsan. Blue Square is a culture complex built by the Interpark Group to help advance the performing arts. Well-known as the largest performing art hall in Korea, it’s a cultural complex consists of a musical theater, concert hall, two grand theaters, and Book Park. Book Park is such a cozy place to stay and read a book that features a gallery, cafe, bookstore, and lecture halls. You will be surprised by how tall the bookshelf is. It’s also the filming location of ‘Chicago Typewriter’ and ‘Romance Is a Bonus Book.’ Isn’t this culture space just the best spot for hipsters?

Location|Seoul, Yongsan-gu, Hannam-dong, Itaewon-ro, 294 2F & 3F
Subway Station|Line 6 Hangangjin Station, Exit 1, 2
Opening Hours|11:00 – 22:00
Closed Days| Lunar New Year, Chuseok

💫Seoul Nightlife Tour: Pub Crawl


4. Kyobo Bookstore 교보문고

 

 

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As the largest bookstore chain in Korea, Kyobo Bookstore has always been a must-visit to travelers. It has ten stores in seven cities, but most of the visitors pay a visit to the flagship Main Store, Gwanghwamun branch in Seoul. You can easily find whatever you are looking for through the electric system. There’s also a stationery store where you can find so many cute little items, as well as a character shop and a music store. Don’t be worried if you don’t speak Korean because there’s a foreign book corner with books written in various languages for foreigners to enjoy.

Location|1, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Subway Station|Line 5 Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 4
Opening Hours|09:30 – 22:00
Closed Days| Lunar New Year, Chuseok

🛕Korean Palace Tour


5. Seoul Book Bogo 서울책보고

 

 

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Operated by Seoul Metropolitan Library, Seoul Book Bogo is a new complex cultural space that features a secondhand bookstore, library, and cultural programs. It was once an empty warehouse but is now the best bookstore that is separated into four spaces for value, sharing, enjoyment, and experience. It has also become a must-visit spot for K-drama fans since Hotel de Luna used it as a filming location. Come find the value of used books and take a picture in front of the outstanding designed bookshelves inspired by the idea of a bookworm.

Location|1, Ogeum-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Subway Station|Line 2 ‎Jamsillaru Station, Exit #1
Opening Hours|10:30 am – 8:30 pm, weekdays/ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, weekends
Closed Days|Monday, New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year, Chuseok

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Above are the best top 5 bookstores in Seoul that are highly recommended by both locals and travelers. Quickly add them to your itinerary. Books can bring joy to your life, so does Trazy.comKorea’s #1 Travel Shop. Visit our site for the latest, trendiest, and newest things to do in South Korea.

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