Youngpoong Bookstore 영풍문고 (Seoul)

Youngpoong Bookstore 영풍문고(Seoul)

The Youngpoong Bookstore (영풍문고) is one of the biggest bookstore in Seoul: with 6 branches, as well as an online bookstore, it is certainly paradise for book lovers. The more popular branches are at Jogno and Gangnam, which are connected to their respective nearby subway stations, making them easy to find and highly accessible. If you think that there are only books, than be prepared to be amazed as the place also sells gifts, small electronics, stationery and even home décor items. It is also host to recitals, book signings, and literary programs.

During this trip, we decided to visit the Jongno branch, which is touted as nation’s largest bookstore, boasting a total area of over 10,600 square meters. When we arrived, we were literally in awe of the place: it’s a book paradise of Korean to International books, and even children’s books. They have also a customer service center and electronic search program where shoppers can find information on books. But we had our previous Korean teacher with us so she helped us pick a couple of books and flashcards.
Youngpoong Bookstore 영풍문고(Seoul)
Shelves upon shelves of books
Youngpoong Bookstore 영풍문고(Seoul)
Other items besides books
Youngpoong Bookstore 영풍문고(Seoul)
A section of books
Youngpoong Bookstore 영풍문고(Seoul)
Books, books, books
Youngpoong Bookstore 영풍문고(Seoul)
Another section selling cute stationary
Youngpoong Bookstore 영풍문고(Seoul)
Books galore!

If you want to just spend some time walking through the aisles and looking at the items and books on sale, it is definitely an experience.

Youngpoong Bookstore 영풍문고 (Seoul)
The cafes on premises

It was certainly quite an interesting experience visiting a Korean bookstore whilst on holiday. After we bought our books, we went to have a Korean BBQ lunch feast within the vicinity.

Getting there:
via Subway (from)
  1. Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 5.
    • Exit 5 is directly connected to the Youngpoong Bookstore.
  2. Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5. 
    • Walk for 5 min and the store will be seen on the right.
  3. Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2. 
    • Walk for 6 min straight and after crossing 2 crosswalks over Gwang-gyo bridge, the store will be right in front.

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