Vacation in the City 2: Bookstores and Libraries in Central Seoul

Hello, Welcome to Jeongdong Theater.

<The Palace: The Tale of Jang Nok Soo> is a performance reconstructed with the best story that shows the story of Jang Nok Soo, the concubine of Prince Yeon-gun. Jang Nok-soo is an artist with excellent artistic talent and her artistic life is dramatized by our dance and our rhythm. However, there is so much more you can learn about her. In order to learn more, we will introduce you to the hottest bookstores and libraries that you can meet near Gwanghwamun before you see our show.

 

Inwangsan Jarak Hanok Library, Cheongwoon Literary Library

Address: 40, Jahamun-ro 36-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-22:00, Sunday 10:00-19:00 Closed: Monday, January 1, New Year’s Day Chuseok Holidays

Inquiries: 070-4680-4032

https://www.jfac.or.kr/site/main/content/chungwoon01

Cheongwoon Literature Library, located at the foot of Inwangsan Mountain, is a public library built in hanok style. The atmosphere of the hanok is further lined with the natural scenery of the surroundings and is extremely wonderful. As much it is a literary-based library, the library has novels and essay-oriented literary books, especially poetry. It is said to remember poets who are deeply related to Jongno, including Yun Dong-ju, Lee Sang, and many others.

The library has a basement level and a ground level. As you enter the entrance, you will see two neat hanoks and a courtyard. The hanoks are mainly used as seminar rooms and meeting places. Poetry and literature creative classrooms and humanities concerts are also actively held. You can listen to various poems read by famous celebrities with music.

There is a general reading room, children’s reading room, conference room, cafe and exhibition room on the first basement floor. The reading room is simple, but it has a very nice view of the neat and beautiful scenery that comes through the large window of the reading room. Sit at a table overlooking the courtyard and read your literary works. Behind the library is the Cheongwoon Park and the hill of Yun Dong-ju’s poem.

 

Small Café Library in the Forest, Samcheong Park Forest Speed ​​Library

Address: 134-3, Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Opening Hours: Samcheong Park: 10: 00 ~ 18: 00 (until 20:00 in June ~ August)

Closed: Monday, January 1st, Lunar New Year, Chuseok Holidays

Contact: 02-734-3900

http://lib.jongno.go.kr/

Samcheong Park is located at the end of the Samcheongdong Cafe Alley. Inside the park is a small glass building which is the Samcheong Park Forest Speed ​​Library. It is a small library that was remodeled from the old canteens in the park and operates as a book cafe. It was introduced in the New York Times as a beautiful library.

The library consists of the first floor and the underground space. The first floor is for general books, and the first floor is mainly for children. The first floor has an ondol structure, with a cafe selling tea, drinks and snacks in the center. One side of the window is made of glass. When you sit at the table, you can see the park outside the window. Next to the table, you can see the natural beauty of Samcheong Park from the window. The other side of the window has a sitting table where you can sit back and read in silence. The windowsills are especially spacious, so you can sit by the window and enjoy a cup of tea while reading your book.

It’s underground space for children is also nice and spacious. The basement also has wide glass windows and a wooden deck terrace.

The library also holds various lectures and cultural experiences. You can take a walk through Samcheong Park with a forest guide, listen to explanations about trees, and draw wildflowers. There is also a children’s playground opposite the library, so it’s a great place to see, play, and walk with your kids.

 

Café Bookstore with History, History Book Room

Address: 24, Jahamun-ro 10-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Business Hours: Mon-Sat 10: 30-22: 00, Sunday 10: 30-18: 00

Inquiries: 02-733-8348

https: / /historybooks.modoo.at/

Nowadays, there are many small bookstores that are just as distinctive and diverse as large bookstores. ‘History Book Room’ is located in front of the Gyeongbokgung side gate. Like its name, it is a bookstore that mainly deals with historical books. The second floor is divided into a bookshelf, a main hall, a cafe lounge, a studio and a loft attic. This bookstore is also a place where you can drink and meet people. The cafe lounge sells coffee, tea, beer, wine and snacks. Thus, it is also a nice meeting space, including a multi-story attic. In the main hall, various planning lectures and special lectures related to history are held, as well as exhibitions and concerts.

 

Lifestyle Curating Bookstore, Ark and Book City Hall

Address: B1, Eulji-ro, 29, Jung-gu, Seoul

Operating Hours: Daily 10: 00 ~ 22: 00

Instagram @ arc.n.book_official

Ark & Book City Hall is located in Euljiro 1-ga Station, Subway Line 2. The city hall branch is not just a place to sell books, it is a curating bookstore that combines books and lifestyle shops. In addition to over 30,000 books, it also sells various household goods and miscellaneous goods. There are also cafes and restaurants. It is a very hip space where you can enjoy a relaxing encounter with a book and spend a wonderful time. What’s unique is that everything including books consists of four themes and stories: ‘DAILY, WEEKEND, STYLE, INSPIRATION’.

The entrance with the arched book tunnel is very impressive, definitely instagram worthy. It is made of a total of 8000 books, and it is said that the arch is made by putting magnets in the book. In addition, there is a fantasy corner near the entrance, and the series is regularly replaced according to themes such as Harry Potter Series and Marble Series. The terrier, inspired by the movie The Great Gatsby, is said to have borrowed the ‘Art deco’ style of visual art from France in the 1920s and 1930s.

Inside the bookstore is the Select Dining, a food and beverage editing shop with famous restaurants and cafes. This allows you to enjoy reading books, eating food, drinking tea and having fun. There is also a flea market and music room. There are also various lectures, music concerts, and cultural activities through books.

Nowadays, bookstores and libraries are popular in Seoul because they are transformed into a variety of spaces, including books, culture, performances, exhibitions, and experiences. After lunch, spend a relaxing time with a book in a cool bookstore or library, and then visit us to watch the performance <The Palace: The Tale of Jang Nok Soo> at Jeongdong Theater.

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