Check out Seoul Book Bogo (서울책보고), Book Lovers Haven, the nation’s first public second-hand used bookstore near Jamsilnaru station, Line 2 Exit 1 or 2.
Seoul Book Bogo filled with nostalgic used books which a haven for book lovers was opened to the public last March 27, 2019, it was an empty storehouse near the Jamsilnaru station. It was transformed by the Seoul Metropolitan City into a huge store for second-hand books and aside from that, there’s a cafe too where the visitors can have their drinks while reading books. This is the country’s first public used bookstore currently managed by SMC. It has a floor area of 1,465m2 and has almost 130,000 books.
The bookstore doesn’t just have Korean books but it has also international books, manhwa or comics, old magazines, and books. There are available for purchase and some are just for reading.
There’s a wide space for readers which is called “Academic Space” where you can find the books of independent publishers and you can enjoy having a cup of coffee at the Book Cafe.
Above all, admission is free and it’s open for everyone who wants to visit and check the place or read books while relaxing.
For more information, you can check the Seoul Book Bogo website HERE.
In Episode 3 of “Hotel de Luna”, the bookstore was featured, where an old lady ghost who loves to read a lot of books was a scene in the drama.
Last March 19, 2019, this was the venue of the second fashion show of Seoul 365 Fashion Show and directed by Kim Seoryong, a well-known designer not just in Korea but in other countries too. For more information, you may check HERE.
How to get here?
Take subway Line 2 going to Jamsilnaru and exit at gate 1 or 2.
Ogeum-ro 1, Songpagu, Seoul 05507
서울특별시 송파구 오금로1(신천동14)
Saturday and Sunday 10:00-21:00
Close every Monday.
T:02) 6951-4979 F:02) 6951-4975
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Ademra hechanova says
Hi Ms. Abby,
Thank you for the detailed information I will surely suggest this to my clients.
Thank you so much for reading my blog.
Hi, wanna ask any must visit in a short trip to just Seoul. I’m planning one , hope you know any tricks to visit slot in 5 days. Pm me maybe.
Hi, if you will visit Seoul for 5 days. You can list those tourists spots which are near to other like Bukchon and Changdeokgung (if you will visit in Autumn add the Secret Garden) Insadong and Anguk, Myeongdong Shopping Street, Namsan Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village. COEX + Gangnam K Star. That’s the best way you can do so you will not waste any time. This Seoul Bogo is not too far from the Seoulism Rooftop Cafe, if you want to visit too.
Blair villanueva says
Wow this is indeed a book haven! I like how they designed the whole place making it more appealing especially to the current generation of readers. Saving this!
May De Jesus-Palacpac says
It seems like a nice place to go to. I probably would if I live where you are. We spend a lot of time at bookstores with built in cafes just to browse books or even read them. We buy, too, of course.
ang gaganda talaga ng mga bookstore jan.. i think it is one of the places that i’d want to visit when i go to south korea!
The interiors of this place is amazing! , just wondering how they sanitize their books during pandemic, are they’re allowing people to borrow them knowing that there’s corona? the libraries here in our place are still closed, so glad that they open almost everything up in Korea.
I’ve actually gotten back into reading lately so this is actually a joy to read about. Wish i could visit that myself and see some amazing finds haha
Karla Nina Mallannao says
Hala ang ganda naman dito! Not a book lover pero feeling ko mag-eenjoy din ako dito! What more pa yung mga bookworm talaga.
This is heaven on earth for book lovers like me. Would definitely go here when we have the chance to go to Korea soon.
Grabe ang ganda! Nadagdagan na naman ang list to visit in Korea. Ang sarap mag-aral kapag ganyan ang environment and ambiance tapos may cafe pa 😀
I Enjoyed reading your blog about this place. For book lovers, this place is heaven. Very instagramable too! Hope to visit this place one day.
Nicole San Miguel says
Kung nasa Seoul sana ako, lagi ako mag b bookstore hopping! Haha I love reading books and ang dami ko nakikitang magagandang bookstore sa Korea online.
Hyun Jang Nim says
Seoul Book Bogo is a nice place to visit. I like that there’s a cafe and the admission is free. Ito po pala yung library sa hotel de Luna, filming location na din kaya added na din sa bucket lists ko. Ang ganda ng interior design very instagrammable din.
Jenny Labutap says
Done reading this blog po. Ang ganda naman po dyan sa Seoul Book Bogo talagang perfect place to visit especially sa mga taong mahilig magbasa ng books and so nice dahil di lang korean books ang nandito kundi may mga international books din. Sure na madami kang pagpipilian 🥰
Rowena Callo Villareno says
This is a really great news for those book lovers out there. They can now enjoy nostalgic used books at this place. I’m really amazed that it was a storehouse that was transformed by the Seoul Metropolitan City into a huge store for second-hand books and there’s also a cafe where visitors can have their drinks while reading books. This is really amazing.
Chriss Tabamo says
So nice naman po nitong place nato. Must visit po talaga dito sa Seoul Book Bogo Specially sa Mga Book Lovers. Sayang lang ang layo dito sa Pinas at dyan po. Ang dami pang books na pwedeng pwede mong basahin. Kung mabigyan lang talaga ako ng chance na makapunta sa Korea isa na itong place nato ang pupuntahan ko.. 🤗
This place was defenitly Must visit Ate Jin, Truly this is not a kind of Simple Bookstore or libraries the set up and place was so Nice and Amazing, sobrang gaganda ng mga disenyo ng pagkagawa nila, and sobrang daming book na pwede mong basahin … talaga namang sulit na sulit ang pagVisit Mo dito… sonrang nakakaAmaze po talaga 💯👌❤❤