bookstores

English language books are fairly easy to find in Korea, unless you’re looking for an obscure title.  Just visit one of the larger chain stores and you’ll have a decent selection.  We warn you that prices are a bit higher than at home, with most paperbacks around $15-$20.

Bookstore Links

Description: “What the Book?” is the only English book sales site to offer foreigners the following options: pay for your order at our retail location, pick up your order at our retail location, and bank transfers to pay for your order. We know that foreigners in Korea do not like to send money home to pay for items they have bought using their credit card. “What the Book?” is the only book sales site in English in South Korea with a full search function. Other sites only allow you to search by author OR title. We allow you to do both at the same time. We are the only book sales site in Korea with a native English speaker on staff to help you with your customer service needs. Click on Live Chat for your questions. “What the Book?” is the only internet sales site to allow you to get certain titles in two days time!

Description: Seoulselection.com is a great site for buying Korean films on DVD with English subtitles, music CDs and English-language books on Korea at discounted prices. Customers at home and abroad can purchase items with their credit cards. Seoul Selection also has a bookstore just across the street from Gyeongbok Palace in downtown Seoul. Coffee and other beverages are available, along with gift items in the cozy little shop. Site is in English.

Description: KOREABOOKSTORE is an online bookstore in Korea selling books on Korea or Korean books regarding history of Korea, Korean heritage, Korean history, Korean culture, Korean art, Korean language, etc. KOREABOOKSTORE was established with an aim to helping foreigners as well as Koreans overseas to buy books and magazines on Korea which they are looking for.

Description: With more than two million titles to choose from, Kyobo Bookstore is the largest bookstore in Korea. From every Korean literary work ever published to a wide selection of foreign language books, travel books and music publications, you can expect to find anything you want. They even have a very sizable English section which contains ESL books of all kinds, fiction/non-fiction novels, self-help books, study materials and more. If they do not carry the item you are looking for, the staff will be more than happy to order it for you. Besides books and magazines, there is a stationery store, music store, and a fast food shop. If you cannot make it to the store, you can order books online, however their website is Korean language only. Address: 1 Chongno 1-ga, Chongno-gu, Seoul, 110-121 Korea, South Hours: 10am-9pm Mon-Sat; closed 3rd Sun

Description: English+ pretty much has everything an ESL teacher needs from Teacher Resources, Books on Korea, Flash Cards, Kindergarten Materials, Supplimentaries, Tapes & Multimedia and much more.They are located at Chongno: 40 Chongno 1 ga Chongno-gu Seoul 110-121 Tel: (02) 732-5131~2. Chongno subway station line #2.Don’t forget to ask about their bonus card; every time you buy a book, points are added to your card. When you get 20,000 points, you can get 20,000 Won worth of books FREE.

Description: The Itaewon Bookstore buys, sells or trades all kinds of books, both new and old, used or unused. Noksapyeong Station, Line #7, (to the right of Italianis Restaurant)
Tel: (02) 793-8249 Cell: 016-711-8249
E-mail: itaewon@korea.com

Description: From Teacher Resources, to Children Books and Bestsellers. Games and Classroom Materials. Books on TOEIC/TOEFL/TEPS. Story Books and Multimedia. For books you can’t find anywhere else.

Description: The largest source of ESL, EFL, ELD, ELL, ELT, TESOL, ESOL books and materialsin the world. We are proud to be entering our 25th year of offering you a thoroughly updated, high-quality selection of ESL publications and materials?all available through our easy, convenient, and fast one-stop shopping online service!

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