Despite of the ubiquitous access of e-books with smartphones and electronic pads, many people still enjoy reading an old paperback copy of a book. Some like the fresh new printed books in stores, and some like the stained pages of old books in libraries and old book shops.
For those who enjoy books, here's a perfect getaway place to go on a weekend. It's not any valley, beach or lake, but a place where you can drown yourself in books: a book cafe.
Book cafes, unlike common cafes, play low-key music that let you dive into books, and are decorated with never-ending shelves of books with comfy chairs.
There's a lot of book cafes than you would think, but here we recommend some subtle book cafes that are around Hongdae's exciting streets.
1. Cafe Comma
'Cafe Comma' is managed by publishing company 'Munhak Dongnae', the most famous book cafe. It's a free and open atmosphere of a space that's not too quiet, not too lousy thanks to its spacious interior and high ceilings.
As a cafe being managed by a publishing company, the cafe has many cultural events such as open sessions with writers and more.
Now a franchise, the first store is at Seogyodong, and the second branch is located at Donggyodong. The second branch is like a meeting spot because it's located right in front of Hongdae station's exit number three at the entrance of Hongdae's favorited 'Yeon-tral Park'.
2. Ja-Um & Mo-Um (Consonants and Vowels)
If 'Cafe Comma' is a free and opened space, 'Ja-Um & Mo-Um' is a rather quiet atmosphere like any college library during finals. It's a book cafe ran by publishing company 'Ja-Um & Mo-Um' where personal seats and more than for-two-people seats are available.
'Ja-Um & Mo-Um' mainly publishes literature, science, math related books and often hold surprise sales up to 50%. Just like Cafe Comma, here they also open events from the publishing company or invite writers.
Even a book-hater would love to read books here. This place was made to read books.
It's getting harder to read books as everyone is getting used to the small screened world smartphones present. Reading a book can be the biggest challenge to some people. But the moment you enter a book cafe, that challenge might not seem so far away after all.
Visit a chilling book cafe today over this hot summer weather, and enjoy a new type of summer getaway.
Translated by_ Gen_E