Secondhand Bookstore Street of Pyounghwa Market 平和市場古本屋街

2013/5/27 visited

Old BookShop Street1
Secondhand Bookstore Street of Pyounghwa Market is in Dongdaemun market, Seoul, South Korea.
I’ve made it a rule to visit a bookstore and used bookstore town in the foreign city when I travel abroad.
As I almost couldn’t read Hangul, I went to see the atmosphere of the street.
Pyounghwa Market mainly handled clothing, there are about 25 used book stores in the street on the north side of the market along the Cheonggyecheon.
平和市場古本屋街 (ピョンファシジャン ホンチェックバンゴリ)は、韓国ソウルの東大門にある古本屋街です。

Old BookShop Street2

Old BookShop Street3
Each store piled the books so high, they handled reference books, teaching materials for students, religious books, encyclopedias and literature collections etc.
The atmosphere is similar to ”Kanda Jimbocho Book Town(Link) ”in Tokyo.

Old BookShop Street4

Old BookShop Street5
Since established in1960s, the number of Secondhand Book Shops had increased and the street had over 100 used book stores in its heyday.
But, people seeking used books had decreased, and online used book stores had increased in recent years, a lot of used bookstores had gone out of business away.

Old BookShop Street6

Old BookShop Street7

Old BookShop Street8

Old BookShop Street9

Old BookShop Street10

Old BookShop Street11

Old BookShop Street12
From the opposeite side of Cheonggyecheon 清渓川(チョンゲチョン)の反対岸から

Kyobo Book Centre
Kyobo Book Center at Gwanghwamun Plaza
教保文庫 光化門店(キョボムンゴ クァンファムンジョム)

I bought a Korean map in the center. The center had large space and sold various kinds of books.
The Kyobo Book Center is the largest book store chain in South Korea.
Big chain book centers like this have appeared in these days and become popular among Korean people.
And small bookstores have been decreasing.


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