Jongno Tour Ep.8 Visit to Seoul City Hall Library and 4 Bookstores
Good morning. Previous PostIn the Han River, we learned about famous picnic spots and how to use Ttareungi. The places we are going to explore today are the Seoul City Hall Library and several bookstores located in Jongno.
An area called 'Jongno' is one of the places with a large floating population in Seoul. There are many academies, shops, and companies, so it is a place where there are naturally many bookstores. This is my 3rd visit to Jongno on this trip. The reason people visit Jongno more than other regions is because there are so many things to see. On the 6th day I am posting, I visited many bookstores and traditional Korean cafes in Jongno.
Below are the Seoul Library and 4 bookstores in Jongno that foreigners can go to.
1. Seoul City Hall Library
The official name of Seoul City Hall Library is 'Seoul Library'.
Considering that it was opened in 2012, it is relatively recent that has been opened.
As Seoul City Hall built a new building, the existing building was converted into a library.
The location is right in front of the new building of Seoul City Hall, which is also right in front of the square in front of City Hall.
Here's how to get there using public transportation. If you are using the subway, you can easily find it by taking subway line 1, getting off at City Hall Station, and going out exit 5 of City Hall Station. If you are using a bus, you can search for the name of the stop, and you can come by taking the bus with the second number '0'. For example, 103, 401, 402, 6005 (airport bus), etc. Of course, there are many other types of buses that go through the Seoul library, but if we apply the method we looked at before, Jongno, the center of Seoul, is given the number '0', so it is easy to find it.
If you want to visit by car, you can use the parking lot of Seoul City Hall.Seoul public parking lot It is recommended to use. Seoul City Hall parking lot costs 10 won per 1,000 minutes, which is relatively expensive.
(2) How to use
Basically, anyone can enter. However, you should keep in mind that the book is structured so that no one can borrow it. There are three conditions under which books can be borrowed from the Seoul Library.
First, it is possible if you are working for a company located in Seoul or attending school.
Second, if you are a Seoul citizen, you can.
Third, foreigners must have an alien registration card.
If these three conditions are met, you will be able to receive a 'membership card'.
In the case of foreign tourists, it is not possible because they do not meet the conditions for issuance, and it takes a long time to obtain issuance even if it is possible.
In the case of a foreigner residing in Korea, it is possible with the first condition out of the above three conditions. For example, you may be able to issue a 'membership card' with a company employee ID or student ID. Since our group was visiting for sightseeing, there was no need to borrow books.
(3) Nearby tourist attractions
As you can see from the exterior of the Seoul Library building, it is not a modern building. This building itself was built in 1926 during the Japanese colonial period and was used as the Gyeongseongbu government building.
It is characterized by a unique charm that contrasts with other modern buildings located in the vicinity. In the past, the building was used for other countries, but now it can be a space for 'Dark Tourism' in that it is being used as a space for citizens.
The City Hall Square is also a venue for many events. In winter, it turns into a white ice rink, not green grass, where Seoul citizens can ride 'skates', and different events are held every year.
Deoksugung Palace is located about a 3-minute walk from Seoul City Hall.
Deoksugung Palace is one of the five palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty, and it is also a place that has a deep connection with Emperor Gojong and Sunjong.
The entrance fee is 1,000 won, and unlike other palaces, it is always open at night.
The place we visited after leaving the library was 'Jeongdong Observatory'.
This observatory is a cafe located in the Seosomun Annex of Seoul City Hall and is famous for its great views.
If you sit by the window, you can enjoy the view of Deoksugung Palace.
The exact location is 37 Seosomun-dong, Jung-gu, located on the 13th floor.
Please note that the operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and until 5 p.m. on weekends and public holidays.
Location: 15, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
2. 4 bookstores worth visiting
(1) Kyobo Bookstore Gwanghwamun Branch
Kyobo Bookstore is currently located in many areas, not just Gwanghwamun, but it would not be an exaggeration to say that it is the number one bookstore in Korea.
It is located in the basement of the 'Kyobo Life Insurance' building next to the statue of Yi Sun-sin in Gwanghwamun.
It can also be said that it is characterized by always having a lot of people.
There is a foreigner-only corner for foreigners, where you can see books written in various languages such as Japanese, Chinese, and English.
Location: B1, Kyobo Life Insurance Building, Jongno 1, Jongno-gu, Seoul
(2) Youngpoong Bookstore Jongno
Yeongpoong Bookstore Jongno Main Store is located 5 minute away from Jonggak Station Exit 1. It is characterized by the largest space and the largest number of books in a single bookstore. Before the remodeling, only the first basement was used, but after the remodeling, you can see the first and second floors at the same time.
On the first basement floor, you can browse a variety of books as before, while on the second basement floor you can purchase children's and infant books, and check out various records and electronic products.
Another feature is that there is an entrance to Cheonggyecheon, so if you go outside, you can immediately appreciate the Cheonggyecheon.
Location: 41, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
(3) As a species
As a bookstore located in Jonggak Station, it is quite large. Occasionally a flea market is held, and it is characterized by a restaurant where you can eat food inside the bookstore.
From the outside, it appears to be located just below the Jonggak Tower.
Another feature of this bookstore is that it has a large indoor garden near the bookstore.
This garden, called the 'Garden of the Sun', is an environment where you can receive real sunlight by passing the sunlight outside through a condensing lens to the inside.
Location: 51nd basement floor of Jongno Tower, 2 Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
(4) Seoul Selection
If the three bookstores introduced above are 'large bookstores', the Seoul Selection we are introducing now is more like a 'bookstore' than a 'bookstore'.
Located on the first basement floor across from the entrance to the Gyeongbokgung parking lot, this bookstore is the most popular with foreign tourists.
Most of the visitors are foreigners living in Korea or foreign tourists.
It is a space full of books that can be helpful to foreigners, such as introducing Seoul, introducing tourist attractions, and learning Korean. The concept of this bookstore is 'Books on Korea'. In other words, it introduces all books about Korea.
Location: B6, 1 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Seoul City Hall Library access the websiteIt introduces the locations of all libraries and small bookstores in Seoul.
It will be convenient to use the library because it provides almost all information from the desired area to the library type, from the representative library, the national library to the library for the disabled.
Volunteers can also apply, so I think this will be good information for those who need volunteering.