This Bookstore In Seoul Is An Instagrammable Hidden Gem


Atiqah Mokhtar •  Jul 12, 2019

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Seoul is a city that's filled with beautiful spots that are amazing to visit (and also look great in pictures or on your Instagram feed ?). If you've visited the city before, you're probably aware of the stunning Starfield Library, or perhaps you've checked out Seoul Book Depository. It seems like Seoul really knows how to showcase books beautifully because there's another bookstore that you can't miss when you're in town! Not many know about yet so you can it doesn't have the crowds like Starfield Libary does - you'll be able to uncover its beauty first before others do ?

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Arc.N.Book is a bookstore located in the Euljiro area of Seoul that aims to not just sell books, but also be a cultural space and lifestyle shop. The bookshop will immediately captivate as you walk past, with its art-deco style exterior to its warmy-lit interior.

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Inside, the store filled not just with books but also has cafes and even lounging areas complete with charging outlets. (Please note that the cafes are not halal-certified and we couldn't ascertain whether it serves Muslim-friendly food, however you can always enjoy a coffee or tea while lounging in the store ?).

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The styling of the store is an aesthetic dream, filled with quirky touches like the bright red telephone box by a lamppost. It's also interesting to note the bookstore's uniquely themed sections: instead of regular categories like Fiction and Non-fiction, the store divides its area into Daily, Weekend, Style and Inspiration.

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The store stocks around 30,000 books, and while similar to other libraries and bookstores in Seoul most of these are in Korean,  they have a relatively good amount of English books too!

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The most stunning feature of the store though has to be its corridor with an archway of books that goes right up to the ceiling. With its wooden frames and Harry Potter-esque vibes, you're bound to fall in love with the beautiful space. And with the lesser-known nature of the bookstore, you can savour this hidden gem and fully enjoy it to your heart's content!

So next time you're in Seoul, don't forget to drop by Arc.N.Book to have a coffee or just wander around its marvellous interior!

Opening hours: 10am - 10pm daily

Address: 29 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

How to get there: Take the subway to Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (subway line 2) and exit at exit 1-1