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There are all sorts of cool spots in and around Seoul. Today, we're going to be talking about libraries.
When you think grand libraries, maybe you'll have the COEX Starfield Library in mind. But there are so many more awesome libraries to be found in Seoul, including those that are social media worthy or were featured in K-dramas.
Seoul Libraries：1. COEX Starfield Library
- Address：B1, 513 Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Directions：Samsung Station exit 5/exit 6, inside COEX
If you head over to B1 COEX from Samsung Station, you'll arrive at the first Seoul library, Starfield Library. There are over 10,000 books available for anybody to read.
The Starfield Library is always packed, so I recommend arriving sometime around the opening time (10:30) on weekdays.
There's an escalator next to the library, from which you can take pictures of the library from multiple angles. Perfect social media post right there.
Check out COEX's SMTOWN after you're done with the library. It's a must for K-POP fans.
Seoul Libraries：2. Book Park Blue Square
- Address：294 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
- Directions: Hangangjin Station (line 6) exit 2
Book Park, made famous by the K-drama Chicago Typewriter, has shelves upon shelves of books and a three-story high ceiling.
I recommend visiting Book Park during the day. Leaf through books with the sunlight pouring through the large windows and take pictures of the books on display.
Compared to the loud and bustling Starfield Library or the super organized Arc.N.Book, Book Park is calmer and grander.
Overall, the irregular colors surrounding the shelves make for great Insta photos.
There are books galore on each floor, which almost make you feel like you're walking through time and space. Just like in Chicago Typewriter. You're going to want to stay here forever.
Seoul Libraries：3. Paju Forest of Wisdom
- Address：145 Hoedong-gil, Gyoha-dong, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Perhaps not as famous as the libraries introduced above, the Forest of Wisdom is still sought out by locals for its warm, welcoming atmosphere and movie-like interior.
The Forest of Wisdom has tens of thousands of books donated by Korean publishers, and is also a coffee shop. Even if you're not an avid book reader, you're going to be inspired to pick up a book once you're here.
The floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are all filled with books, all grandly organized. You can read any of the books, but only while within the library.
The K-Drama What's Wrong With Secretary Kim was shot at the Forest of Wisdom.
I recommend you finish your shopping spree at the Paju Outlet and come over to the Forest of Wisdom to take some amazing photos (and read a book).
Seoul Libraries：4. Euljiro Arc.N.Book
- Address：B1, 29 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
- Directions：Euljiro 1-ga Station (line 2) exit 1-1
The next library on this list is Arc.N.Book. It's located in central Seoul, so great for those of you who want to stop by one of these libraries while exploring Seoul.
The greatest feature of this library is the 50-meter book tunnel. The tunnel is made of stacked books, which makes for great photos.
The books are densely packed together, but the overall size of the library is smaller than Starfield or Forest of Wisdom, which makes it a better spot to take pictures. There's also a cafe in one corner where you can enjoy a cup of tea, and a small stationary store.
Arc.N.Book is nice to visit around lunch on weekdays or on holidays as it can get busy in the evenings with people getting off work.
Arc.N.Book has a lot of seating available, so it's nice to chill for a bit in a quiet corner reading books. The photos you can take here are different from the type of photos you'll get at larger libraries like Starfield.
Check out some of these amazing libraries if you can fit it into your Seoul itinerary.
- Euljiro/Myeongdong : Arc.N.Book
- Itaewon: Book Park
- Shinsadong/Gangnam: Starfield Library
- Paju: Forest of Wisdom
Until next time!
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