Seoul Outdoor Library 


If you’re a bookworm at heart, here’s a piece of good news for you: Seoul Outdoor Library is an open space library where you can read to your heart’s content. Better still, you can sit on bean bags and munch on snacks while reading in the heart of Seoul!


Outdoor reading space with bean bags


Seoul Outdoor Library - located in front of the City Hall and Seoul Metropolitan Library.
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Seoul Outdoor Library is an outdoor event aimed to bring book lovers together, and it’s located on the grassy lawn in front of the City Hall and Seoul Metropolitan Library.

You don’t have to worry about losing your way or struggling with directions as it’s just a stone’s throw away from City Hall train station.

Seoul Outdoor Library - more than 3000 books provided
Friends who read together, stay together.
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Avid readers can choose from more than 3,000 books provided by the government. You can also bring along your own book to the event. 

Seoul Outdoor Library - bean bags are provided
Bean bags provided for you
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The highlight of this event would be the bean bags and picnic mats spread out on the lawn. There are also parasols provided so that you won’t melt under the sun.

These seating options are provided by the government in the hopes that people can enjoy a cosy and comfortable environment while reading a good book. 


Books talks & exhibitions 


Seoul Outdoor Library - a variety of books available
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Besides reading, you can also visit the special zone where books talks and exhibitions are held. The government invites an author every month to hold discussions about books with the public. 

The first author to grace the event this year was none other than book illustrator Lee Suzy, also known as the first Korean to be awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Seoul Outdoor Library - books talks and exhibition are open
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After two years of outdoor events being cancelled due to the pandemic, it feels quite surreal that the Seoul Outdoor Library is happening. In fact, it marks the first outdoor event held in the plaza in two years!


Enjoy a variety of performances 


Seoul Outdoor Library - read on a picnic mat
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You can even get a taste of traditional Korean music during the event as there are free musical performances. Bring along food and drinks, but don’t forget to clean up after yourself!

Seoul Outdoor Library - bean bags
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Since the event is only held until October 2022, it can get crowded with upwards of 2,000 attendees each day.

Seoul Outdoor Library opens every Friday and Saturday from 11AM to 4PM. Take note that the event will be closed in July and August due to the monsoon season.


Seoul Outdoor Library is the best place for bookworms 


Seoul Outdoor Library - reading air statue
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Getting to Seoul Outdoor Library is easy-peasy. Simply take a train to City Hall station and head to exit 5.

The event is held till 29th October 2022, so mark your calendars and head down to City Hall before it comes to a close. 

For further information, you can check their Instagram page here.

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