Is there anyone who prefers reading paperbacks than digital content? There is something about reading books in the library that can’t be guaranteed by scrolling down the screen on your laptop or even kindle. Let alone the smell of books, the atmosphere that libraries and book cafes provide is indeed unique, and definitely something that could spice up your reading experience. Hf will now introduce some Indie bookshops in Seoul that are popular but not widely-known.
YOUR-MIND is one of the most famous indie bookshops in Seoul probably because the shop is easily accessible as it is located in Hongdae area and also for the fact that it holds many events to raise awareness for independent publishers.
The biggest event is a flea market called “Unlimited Edition” which is held once a year and goes on for two days. In this festival, independent books, journals, CDs and stationary products are displayed and can be bought on site. The market is open for interaction, though. Buyers can get to interview independent artists. Moreover, the bookshop itself is a huge attraction for many; you can enjoy ad-hoc events such as lectures, small staged performances, talk shows, documentary film sessions with cats.
The name of shop is the name of a project that follows a story from the first-perspective, mostly about daily life and going on trips. Also as known as “printed matters only shop,” Off to ALONE sells books, postcards, posters, notebooks and illustration.
店鋪的名字是關於一個與第一印象有關的設計，而設計主要是關於生活和旅遊。而這間店鋪亦有「只關於紙品」的意思，Off to ALONE出售不同的書本、明信片、記事簿和插畫。
The shop offers various kinds of aesthetically pleasing, visual-oriented printed materials from small individual publishers. Comfortably nested in a traditional Korean building, Hanok, Off to ALONE caters a wide range of products from young artists and even foreign designers.
Off to ( ____) ALONE
地址: 31-23, Tongin-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 통인동 31-23)
營業時間: 不定 (每星期會於網站內公佈)
Banbanbooks offers books that are to the point of what is very typical Korean. Illustration books, poems and novels are of common stories that most Koreans could relate to. Banbanbooks became popular among Koreans as a new way of communication – easy access and active discussion forums on its social media channels. The best part is that Banbanbooks offers various activities that any book lover can join, including but not limited to workshops and reading clubs called Chekban. The workshop is a Indesign and Photoshop course for those who are interested in independent publishing.