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A Guide to Seoul's Most Enchanting Book Cafes and Bookstores



If the idea of spending an afternoon reading in a space enveloped by thousands of books sounds like paradise, then this is tailor-made for you.


This curated list highlights some of Seoul's most captivating bookstores and cafes, perfect for those seeking moments of solitude and literary immersion. Whether you're an avid reader or simply yearn for a space outside of home with a captivating read, these havens offer the perfect ambiance to get lost in a book.


Starfield Library Coex


Starfield Library Coex

Starfield Library Coex

Located in the heart of COEX Mall, Starfield Library boasts a captivating design with a towering 13-meter bookshelf adorning a spacious 2,800-square-meter atrium. This impressive library isn't just visually stunning – it offers a vast collection of 70,000 books across diverse genres, magazines, e-books, and even celebrity reads. Perfect for bibliophiles and students alike, Starfield Library provides comfortable seating, power outlets, and even hosts book-themed events like author talks and literary concerts.


Address: B1F, 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul


Seoul Chaekbogo


Seoul Chaekbogo

Seoul Chaekbogo

Seoul Chaekbogo is a city-run used bookstore in Songpa-gu and a sight to behold, featuring stunning arched tunnel bookshelves that would stop anyone in their tracks. They have a massive selection of books, from pre-loved finds and donated treasures to independent publications.  This isn't just a place to browse – they also host literary programs like exhibits, performances, and talks by authors and experts.


Address: 1 Ogeum-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul


Book Park Lounge


Book Park Lounge

Book Park Lounge

Located on the third floor of Blue Square's Book Park in Hannam-dong, this haven boasts over 3,000 titles, including recent releases, bestsellers, and celebrity or publisher picks. With ample natural light and lushious green views, the Book Park Lounge is a wonderful space to spend an afternoon with a captivating read.


Address: 3F, 294 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul


Songpa Book Museum


Songpa Book Museum

Songpa Book Museum

Songpa Book Museum is Korea's first public museum dedicated to the written word. Beyond permanent and special exhibitions exploring the history of books, the museum offers interactive experiences for book lovers. The museum itself is designed like a giant bookshelf, with ample spaces for reading, and interactive experiences like traditional bookbinding techniques in the museum's studio.


Address: 77 Songpa-daero 37-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul


Kyobo Bookstore (Gwanghwamun Branch)


Kyobo Bookstore

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Kyobo Bookstore is a renowned chain of bookstores in South Korea, with its flagship store located in the bustling area of Gwanghwamun in Seoul. Established in 1981, the flagship store in Gwanghwamun is a massive complex that spans multiple floors and offers an extensive selection of books, magazines, stationery, and other reading-related items. This location boasts a significant collection of both Korean and international titles, making it a favorite destination for both locals and foreigners. In recognition of its cultural significance, Kyobo Bookstore in Gwanghwamun was honored as one of Seoul's Future Heritage sites in 2022.


Address: 1 Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul


Photo source: Seoul Metropolitan Government


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