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 to 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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🐋Get a Ticket for COEX Aquarium
🎫Gangnam COEX All-in-One Pass: 5 Free Attractions/Services + Discount Coupons
🤸‍♀️VAUNCE Trampoline Park Seoul Samseong Center Discount Ticket


2. Arc N Book

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 – 21:00, every day

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📍Birth of Industrial Korea Walking Tour in Euljiro Area
🔫Shooting Range in Myeongdong
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🎨Caricature Drawing Class in Myeongdong

This year, a new Arc N Book opened on the 4th floor at Lotte World Mall in Jamsil! It has a different interior design with a different atmosphere, so it’s worth a visit. Jamsil is known to have a lot of famous attractions, such as Lotte World Theme Park, Lotte World Tower, Lotte World Aquarium, and Seokchon Lake Park. You can visit these places in a day at the best price on Trazy!

Location|4F, 300 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Subway Station|Line 2 Jamsil Station, Exit 11
Opening Hours|10:30 – 22:00, every day

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🎠Lotte World Discount Ticket
🌇Seoul Sky Observatory – Lotte World Tower Discount Ticket
🐠Lotte World Theme Park & Aquarium Combo Discount Ticket
👩‍🎓Korean School Uniform Rental near Lotte World


3. Book Park

 

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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 on Mondays)
Closed Days| Lunar New Year, Chuseok

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💫Seoul Nightlife Tour: Pub Crawl
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✨Korean Traditional Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware Craft Experience in Yongsan
🏠Global Guest House 30-day Stay (+Photography class) in Itaewon


4. Kyobo Bookstore

 

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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, the 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

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📸Modern Hanbok Rental & Photoshoot at Gyeongbokgung Palace
⛰Seoul Hiking Tour – Mt. Inwangsan & Bugaksan (Seoul City Wall)


5. Seoul Treasure Den for Books (Seoul Book Bogo)

Operated by Seoul Metropolitan Library, Seoul Treasure Den for Books (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 Del 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|11:00 am – 20:00 pm, weekdays/ 10:00 am – 20:00 pm, weekends
Closed Days|Monday, New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year, Chuseok

[Recommended Nearby Attractions & Activities]

🍵Traditional Korean Beverages Tasting & Drawing Class in Jamsil
💅Manicure & Pedicure Care in Jamsil
🎲KidZania Seoul Discount Ticket


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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One thought on “Travel Like a Hipster: Top 5 Best Bookstores in Seoul

  1. For those who prefer small, cozy bookstores, there is a little locally owned one near Gireum station that I love going to. I always find something there. They have a great variety of used books in English. It’s called Sehwa’s English Bookstore. You can find it on Facebook if you need directions or more information. They are open every day (11am-9:30pm) except Tuesday.

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