Kyobo Bookstore – The Largest Bookstore Chain In Korea (교보문고)

Favourite shop in the whole of Korea.

One of our favourite places to visit in Seoul is Kyobo Bookstore (교보문고). Here at the bookstore, you can find everything from approximately 2.3 million books to souvenirs, watches, household products, digital gadgets, gifts, stationey, music albums and more! This place is perenially crowded with people, more so on weekends when readers both young and old come down to spend their day enjoying a good book at this spacious bookstore.

Events and fairs are also regularly held here, where authors come down to meet with readers, or sale events where some of the brands roll out attractive promotions for their products. There is also a foreigners’ book corner, where you can find books in English, Chinese, Japanese and various other languages.

Feeling peckish after spending hours reading? There is a food court located in the bookstore itself selling a variety of food such as Korean, Western, Chinese and Japanese cuisine.

Visitors browsing the bestseller section.
The stationery section.
Pretty items galore.
Designer stationery.

The books section is much larger than the stationery section, and we often find ourselves staying for a few hours at a go.

Reading corners.
Preparing for your TOPIK test?

After a few hours spent ogling at all the pretty items on sale in the shop, a warm plate of Korean-style chicken rice is simply perfect.

Korean-style chicken rice.

How to get to Kyobo Bookstore:

Getting to Kyobo Bookstore is simple. Simply take Exit 3 of Gwanghwamun Station on Line 5. Follow the sign leading to the bookstore once you leave the gantry. It should take you no more than 2 minutes to get to the bookstore.

Exit 3 of Gwanghwamun Station.
Sign pointing to the bookstore after exiting the station.
“People make books, but books make a person.” – Kyobo Bookstore’s slogan.
  • Address: 1, Jong-ro, Jungno-gu, Seoul
  • Subway: Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 3, Line 5
  • Opening Hours: 0930 ~ 2200
  • Website:
  • Contact Number: +82-1544-1900
  • Email: NA

Come and find out for yourself why this place is absolutely my favourite store in the whole of Korea. Whether you are a bookworm or not, it does not matter since there is such a wide range of products on sale any day of the year.

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