Paju Book City is known as the only book city in the world. Here you can find an entire area of publishers and book stores. It’s quite an amazing place. It’s close to Hyeri Art Valley and the two together would be an ideal day trip out of Seoul. It’s so convenient to get there from Seoul – just take the same bus as the one for Hyeri (express bus 2200) from Hapjeong Station, exit 2.
I decided to finally visit Paju Book City while there was a festival happening. And after being accepted into the Global Group on Cultural and Tourism Festivals, I was even more keen to go and experience the festival fully in order to share it with other foreigners. Paju Booksori – the festival – brought a lot more people out to Paju and it definitely helped the epxerience to be surrounded by so many people who were also interested in literacy and the beauty of books. It also meant that I could enjoy Paju Book City while so many special events and exhibitions were happening.
Paju Book City can be kind of overwhelming – especially since all the buildings in the area are so big and made of basic materials – wood, metal, concrete. It’s not quite what you would imagine a book city. But it was definitely an interesting place to check out some architecture as well.
Book Stores and Outlets – Many book publishers in this area have a bookstore on their ground floor where you can find great discounts and sales for books.
7321 – I love this stationary brand. They use a lot of famous literary works in their stationary. Including The Little Princes, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and the occasional Anne of Green Gables.
The Great Collection of Seven Colors: special exhibit happening during the festival.
Souvenirs de Voyage
I love bookshelves. And this particular one took my breath away. And I continue to imagine my dream home library.
The Paju Booksori ended last weekend but Paju Book City is still worth a visit. And if you can, be sure to check out the festival next year when it returns.