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Incheon Japanese-style Street, Small Bookstore “Literary Emporium”

In the heart of downtown Incheon, centered around Freedom Park, you can discover tourist attractions like “Open Port Street,” “Chinatown,” and “Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village.” Among these, in Open Port Street, there is a quaint Japanese-style street, adorned with a Japanese aesthetic. Despite its small alleyways, this area is filled with charming, small shops.

“Small Bookstore in Japanese-style Street, Literary Emporium”

While exploring the Japanese-style street, I came across a noticeable small bookstore. It had a distinct ambiance reminiscent of a cozy Japanese shop, making it quite memorable. Once I found such a place, it was hard to just pass by without going inside.

“Charming Bookstore, Literary Emporium”

The interior, like the exterior, is charmingly decorated. A large table is situated in the center, with a library along the walls, displaying a variety of books. Although not very spacious, it emanates a cozy atmosphere, offering a place where you can feel comfortable. It’s a unique spot you might find in Korea but gives off a vibe as if you stumbled upon it somewhere in Japan.

Surprisingly, there was a considerable collection of books, and what stood out was the notes left by the bookstore owner among the shelves. These notes included the use of phrases from the books, reasons for recommending certain books, or just casual notes, adding an enjoyable aspect to the place.

Unlike large bookstores, this small and charming bookstore stimulates a sentiment that larger establishments can’t replicate. If you’re looking to fill a moment with some literary charm while exploring Incheon’s Open Port Street, it’s a delightful place to visit.

“Incheon Open Port Street, Small Bookstore, Literary Emporium”

  • Address: 1st Floor, 89 Sinpo-ro 27-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon
  • Phone: 010-9497-8313
  • Operating Hours: (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun) 12:00 – 20:00, (Fri) 12:00 – 18:00