Planning a trip to Korea in the future? While we're sure your itinerary already includes indulging in Korean BBQ and hunting down your favorite K-drama filming locations, here's one more idea for certified book lovers: visiting Seoul's stunning bookstores and libraries!
Check out the top three must-see stops for true-blue bookworms below, as recommeded by Korea Tourism Organization.
1. Starfield library
Located in Seoul’s COEX Mall, the architecture inside Starfield sets it apart from your usual library. Boasting of 2800 square meters of space, the establishment houses 13-meter tall bookshelves with over 10,000 books available for the public’s perusing. Not to mention, it’s not just a wonderland for bibliophiles; its futuristic interiors also make it an ideal IG-worthy spot!
Fun fact: A number of K-dramas have shot in and around COEX mall itself, including The Beauty Inside (2018), and Personal Taste (2010).
Location: B1F 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Checkngrow doubles as both a bookstore and a cafe. Its warm and comfy polished wooden furnishings make it the perfect place to relax with a book on a lazy day. FYI, it also has a stunning view of the Hangang River below.
Location: 8F 31, Mapo-daero 4da-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
3. Arc n Book
True to its name, Arc n Book is most famous for the arching book roof that makes up its book tunnel. Dubbed a cultural space, it's a bookstore and lifestyle shop all at once. Additionally, its peculiar interior has also served as the backdrop for K-dramas like Romance Is a Bonus Book (2019) and Mother of Mine (2019).
Location: B1F 29, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul