[Eye Plus] Treat yourself to the joy of reading at the first public book museum

The Songpa Book Museum, located in the east of Seoul, is an establishment dedicated to reading.

The museum, which opened in 2019, is the first public book museum in Korea.

At the museum, visitors can learn about the practice of reading through various exhibits. Some exhibits explain how Korean ancestors read books during the Joseon era (1392-1910) or during the Japanese occupation (1910-1945).

It also has an extensive reading area for those who want to indulge in books.

The basement contains storage for old books. Visitors, separated by a glass barrier, can see how centuries-old publications are preserved and managed.

A child-friendly institution, the museum is complete with a separate children’s studio called the Bookium. At Bookium, toddlers and children can enjoy books and related hands-on experiences. The space, inspired by well-known fairy tales such as ‘Snow White’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’, lets children feel like they are themselves in the stories.

Aspiring to be a reading center, the Songpa Book Museum also organizes lectures given by great poets and writers.

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photo by Park Hyun-koo

Written by Im Eun-byel

By Im Eun-byel ([email protected])

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