Is there anything better than spending a relaxing Sunday afternoon at a bookshop? We don’t think so. Unlike home, it can be particularly difficult trying to find a good selection of English books. Even in Seoul, there are limited places for you to go. So we went out to try and find the best English bookshops in Seoul. Here is what we found.
English Books In Korea- #1 What The Book
Fancy a trip to Itaewon this weekend, but not sure where to visit? How about taking a trip to What the book? Established in 2003, this charming little bookshop is stocked with an impressive collection of second-hand books, magazines, and contemporary titles.It also boasts a wide selection of children’s publications, at some of the most affordable prices in Seoul. Before going, make sure to check out its user friendly website, that stocks over 1,000,000 titles in multiple genres and formats. Although many of these titles are not available in store, they can be ordered within 10 working days and picked up at the store.
151 Itaewon-ro Yongsan-gu Seoul 140-864. Hangangjin Station (Line 6), exit 1. Opens daily: 10am closes 8pm. https://www.whatthebook.com/
English Books In Korea- #2 Kyobo Book Centre.
If smaller bookshops are not your thing, then make your way down to biggest. The Kyobo book center which is located in the basement of the Kyobo building is certainly one of the largest bookstores in Seoul. This modern bookstore offers a great selection of well cultured English publications, in a wide variety of genres. You will also find an expansive selection of Korean language books for foreigners, from some the best known brands, such as: TTMIK. Due to its large size, Kyobo also hosts numerous coffee shops, benches and reading tables to sit down and enjoy the books you pick up.However, like all things in Korea, this book store gets extremely busy on the weekends, and the tables do fill up quickly, so be prepared to set off in the early morning if you want a place at the reading table.
We think this is great place to find plenty of English books in Korea!
1, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul. 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) Opens daily: 9:30am and closes 10pm. http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=268095
English Books In Korea- #3 Book Park
Book Park in Itaewon has to be one of Seoul’s prettiest bookstores. If you want to take some pictures for your Instagram followers make sure you put this on your list of places to go. Its unique interior design makes it a fascinating trip. One negative, the English selection is rather limited. However, it’s still a great place to meet up with friends, drink coffee at the back of the shop and admire its exquisite design.
294, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Take Seoul subway Line 6 and get off at Hangangjin station Exit 2. Tel. No: 02-6367-2018 Opens daily: 10am and closes 11pm
English Books In Korea- #4 Foreign Bookstore
Since 1973, Choi Ki-Woong has been running his little bookstore in Itaewon. Over the years he has amassed a mountain of books which are methodically organised into every nook and cranny. His shelves are stacked to the ceiling with used, and unused English books. Moreover, his prices are excellent; probably the cheapest you will find in Seoul. If you have an idea of what you’re looking for, Mr Woong is on hand to help you navigate his maze. If not, spend your time looking up down the shelves until you find a book that excites you. The Foreign Bookstore is a book lovers dream. If you have an hour or two to spare, we defiantly think you should pop in and have a look around.
533 Itaewon 2 dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul.Take the brown line (Line 6) and get off at Noksapyeong Station, exit 2. Opening Hours: 7 days a week, 10 am and closes 9 pm. Closed for Chuseok and Seollal.
English Books In Korea- #5 Paper Muse
Last, but not least is Paper Muse. Won Sung-Kyung had a dream. Her dream was to make English art and fashion magazines accessible to buy in Seoul. So that’s what she did. Owner Won Sung-Kyung opened her neat little shop in Itaewon and has never looked back. Paper Muse offers the latest fashion magazines such as Vogue and The Gentlewoman to customers looking for their fashion fix. It could be a great idea to buy one and enjoy your afternoon at a cozy café nearby. If not, it’s still great to flick through some of the ones you like, and indulge into the latest fashion trends with your friends.
27, Daesagwangro-5 gil, Yongsan-gu Seoul. Line 6, Hangangjin Station.Opening Hours: Mon–Fri 12–8pm, Sat 12–6pm. http://papermuse.cafe24.com/