Last Updated Sept. 2002
-Directions From Taewha Department store, head towards Bujeon-dong (opposite of Seomyeon), walk about four blocks to the Kyobo Life Insurance Company Building. Directly in front of this building, look for a staircase, and follow it downstairs to the Kyobo Bookstore. Upon entering, turn ninety degrees left, and walk straight for about 15 yards. The Foreign Books section is on the right. See Map for more location details.
-Review Kyobo Book Store opened its doors May 1, 2002
. Kyobos foreign books section contains similar items to Young Kwangs,
however a bit smaller. Not a carbon copy of Young Kwang, though, as many titles
different from those at Young Kwang may be found, particularly among non-fiction
bestsellers. Kyobo also houses an impressive collection of Biology texts. Kyobo
also sells titles in Japanese and Chinese.
On May 14, 2002 , a well-organized (and quite loud) anti-Kyobo Book Store
demonstration took place directly outside the store. About 125 demonstrators beat
drums, passed out flyers, and gave speeches. Demonstrators are unhappy that Kyobo,
a Seoul-based chain, has entered the Busan marketplace to compete with l! ocally-owned
stores. Unknown as to whether demonstrations will continue and/or to what degree.
-Young Kwang Bookstore
-Directions Seomyeon subway station, exit number 9 (near Lotte). After exiting the station, walk straight ahead about 10 yards, pass the line of green telephone booths, cross the small side street, and head over to Hana Bank. Stay to the left of Hana Bank and walk another five yards. Young Kwang Bookstore is the next building on the right.
-Review Directly upon entering Young Kwang, to your right you will find a magazine rack with copies of Time, The Economist, and Newsweek. With a little luck, you may also find a copy of the Wall Street Journal and/or The New York Times. To get to the English books section (called Foreign Books), head toward the staircase in the middle of the room and descend to the basement. Upon entering the basement, straight ahead stands another magazine rack containing health/beauty, music, travel and computer magazines. Turn ninety degrees to your left. You will encounter a roomful of material for Koreans studying English. Turn an additional ninety degrees to your left. Go to the middle of the room, lengthwise. On your left, a short hallway leads to an adjoining room, which contains, in addition to more English-learning material, other books in English. Among Young! Kwangs treasures, you will find:
-Best-selling paperbacks (mostly
Young Kwang’s prices mirror what you would pay in the West. Young Kwang’s staff members, at least those in the basement, usually speak English and are usually helpful.
-Dong-bo Books –
-Directions From Taewha Department Store, walk one block towards Seomyeon rotary. Dong-bo books is on the right. Upon entering, head towards the rear left corner.
-Review Small selection of English language books, mostly fiction bestsellers, but a also handful of college texts, childrens books, and Cliffs Notes. Good selection of TOEFL/TOEIC preparation material and other English language learning material.
-Kim and Johnsons-
Kidari English -
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