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Arts & Cultur Car-Free BMW Travel Course [Paju]

WriterAdministratorDate07/03/2018

an image of main book shelves in Paju Book City and 'Smart Travel broadening your knowledge, Paju Book City' is written on it.

Quick View of the Course

 

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* There is a Red Bus stop near Exit 1 of Hapjeong Station. You should check the separate line for bus No. 2200. You can also board the bus near Hongik University Station.

 

Recommendation!

* Would you like to spend a weekend reading books in a book café?

* Do you like visiting popular cultural playgrounds?


Intro

Paju Book City is a great place for bookworrms and culture vultures. The city is known as the Mecca of the publishing industry as it is packed with dozens of publishing houses placed in beautiful buildings, and there are museums, art centers, book cafes, and bookstores as well. Even if you don’t read books, you will surely be impressed by the Forest of Wisdom, which features bookshelves that are 8 meters high and over 3 kilometers long, as well as tables and seats available for reading 24/7 all year round.

 

 

In addition, every building has its own unique architectural features, so it’s highly recommended  for an architecture tour course. You can get on a nonstop bus at Hongik University Station or Hapjeong Station on Subway Line No. 2 to get to Paju Book City in just 30 minutes. Half a day of leisurely strolling is enough to see the whole area. In addition, various cultural events are held frequently in Paju Book City, so it really is worth checking it out.

A front view of a huge book shelves reached to the ceiling in Paju Book City.

Highlights

  • Reading in the Forest of Wisdom in sunlight filtered in through the wide window

  • Looking for treasured books in Munbal-ri Secondhand Book Street
     

People are looking around the Munbal-ri Secondhand Book Street.

 


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Course 1.

The Forest of Wisdom, Everyone’s Library

Filled with books from the floor to the ceiling, the Forest of Wisdom is a relaxing cultural space on the theme of books. You will feel joyous simply upon seeing the huge, stylish bookshelves that you might expect to see only in a movie. Anyone can read books freely here by sitting down at a comfortable table in front of the bookshelf. Enjoy reading on a weekend afternoon by picking out a book appreciating the outside view from the window.

The vast range of books, most of which have been donated by scholars, intellectuals, research institutes and publishing companies, are displayed separately in three sectors. In particular, Sector 3 contains cafes and comfortable seats for reading that are open 24/7 all year round.  


Left: an indoor of The Forest of Wisdom and people are reading books there. / Right: a part of the exterior the The Forest of Wisdom . 

 

Travel Information
-Address: 1F, Bookcity Culture Foundation, 145 Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do  

- Tel: +82-31-955-0082  

- Opening Hours: Sector 1 10:00~17:00; Sector 2 10:00~20:00; Sector 3 24/7 all year round  

- Admission: Free 

- Website: http://www.pajubookcity.org/Main/en_Main  

- TIP: There is no book lending service. All books must be returned to their original place.


  

Course 2.

Hesse Coffee, a book café with a beautiful garden

Paju Book City can also be thought of as a City of Book Cafes. There are lots of nice book cafes just about everywhere you look. As well as the book cafes operated by publishing companies under various themes, there are stylish cafes in libraries such as the Forest of Wisdom, and numerous galleries that offer a good environment for reading at weekends. Yolimwon Publishing Group runs Hesse Coffee, whose garden is very beautiful.

You can get there from the second floor of the Pinocchio Museum or you can take the stairs on the left opposite the building. The café’s milk tea is famous and its desserts and cakes are also tasty. The garden on the second floor is lovely, while the third floor is quieter and commands a good view of Paju Book City. 

A front view of Hesse Coffee

 

Travel Information
-Address: 2F, 156 Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
- Tel.: +82-31-877-0500
- Opening Hours: Weekdays 10:00-21:00; Weekends 10:00-22:00
- Menu: Various kinds of coffee, milk tea, Ade, panini, slices of cake, etc.  


Course 3.

  

Ttasungimi, a bakery famous for its house-made Korean beef burgers, ideal burgers for a quick grab

Ttasungimi, a representative bakery of Paju Book City, bakes healthy bread with organic ingredients. Visitors are recommended to enjoy a cup of tea or a simple lunch at a book cafe. The Korean beef burgers served here will certainly fill your stomach – they’re prepared with Korean beef sirloin, pork, and vegetables. The bread is made with 100% organic wheat flour after 24 hours of low-temperature fermentation to create a silky texture.

 

The watermelon bread is another very popular goodie baked at Ttasungimi, much appreciated for its unique and interesting appearance. The lines on the bread are made with squid ink, the green part is made with chlorella, and the red part is made with watermelon and strawberry juice concentrate that makes the bread smells strawberry.

 

Left: People are looking around a bakery Ttasungimi. / Right: Hamberger bread and sweet potato -shaped bread of  Ttasungimi.  

 Travel Information

- Address: 1F, 220 Munbal-ro, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do

- Tel.: +82-31-8071-6071

- Opening Hours: 07:00-22:00

 

Course 4.

 

Munbal-ri Secondhand Book Street, travel in time with old books

‘A Secondhand Book Street in Paju Book City?’ People who want to visit the street are puzzled by the pretty building. ‘Secondhand Book Street’ is not really an alley crowded with secondhand bookstores but the alternative name of the Book Café Blue Box. The interior is decorated with a slate roof, clapboard house and wooden columns like a miniature of a secondhand bookstore alley, and the shelves are jam-packed with secondhand books. It looks like the owner of the cafe eagerly wants to treasure the disappearing secondhand bookstore alleys.

There are also hideouts made of books here and there, so look around carefully. Sofas are positioned inside to provide comfortable, cozy spaces for reading with views of the natural surroundings outside the window. There is also a café at the entrance where you can read books while enjoying a drink. You can buy secondhand books, too, of course. Besides this place, there are several great secondhand bookstores in Paju Book City, including Bomulseom (A treasure Island) run by The BeautifulStore Foundation and , the Lee() familys Old Bookstore where you can enjoy an interesting time browsing around.
 

people are reading books in Munbal-ri Secondhand Book Street.

  

Travel Information 

-Address: 240-21, Munbal-ro, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do  

- Tel: +82-31-955-7440 

- Opening Hours: 10:00~19:00 (Closed on the first Monday of every month)

 

Course 5.

Mimesis Art Museum, take a trip into the world of light art

Mimesis Art Museum boasts an exterior art garden with a green lawn, while its interior is a pure white world. One exhibition room is large enough to give a magnificent feeling and the various kinds of curved surfaces are impressive. The Mimesis Art Museum is a masterpiece of the architect Álvaro Siza, who is said to be the last great maestro of modernist architecture. Be sure to take a good look around the inside and outside of the building as the building g itself will give you as much pleasure as the exhibits. It takes about 30 minutes to tour the inside and outside of this 3-story building, whose calm and refined atmosphere is created by allowing in as much natural light as possible.

A front of Mimesis Art Museum.  

Travel Information
-Address: 253 Munbal-ro, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do  

- Tel.: +82-31-955-4100 

- Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed on Monday and Tuesday) 

- Admission: Adults KRW 5,000, Students KRW 4,000 

 

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 Useful Tips for Walking Tourists

 

TIP 1. Pyeonghwa Nuri Trail, Course 6

If you leave the Mimesis Art Museum and walk in the direction of Simhakgyo Sageori, you will see a signpost reading ‘Pyeonghwa Nuri Trail’. You might like to walk for a while through the vast field covered with silver grass. The road leads to Jayu-ro, where you will find Borinoribook book café and the Paju Book City Neighborhood Park beside the road. Here you can enjoy the beautiful fair view and fresh wind.

 

 

TIP 2. Don’t miss the Pinocchio Museum

The story of Pinocchio and his grandpa Geppetto brings everyone back to the innocence of childhood. Even adults will enjoy the more than 1,200 items of the museum’s Pinocchio collection. You can see each country’s own Pinocchio and the clothing and illustrations of the original storybook. The museum also runs an experience program that allows visitors to try their hand at carving a wooden Pinocchio doll, which is very popular with adults and children alike.


Travel Information

- Address: 152, Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do

- Tel.: +82-31-8035-6773

- Opening Hours: 10:00-18:30 (Closed on Mondays)

- Admission: KRW 8,000 for the exhibition; KRW 15,000 for the exhibition + carving experience of Pinocchio

- Website: www.pinocchiomuseum.co.kr


 

TIP 3. One night at Paju Book City? Try Bookstay Jijihyang

The Forest of Wisdom is not the only attraction in the Bookcity Culture Foundation. The Hotel Jijihyang located on floors 2~4 of the center is organized on the theme of spending one night with books. There are no TVs in the guest rooms, so you can take a rest from TV and instead read the books placed in the bookcase at the recommendation of Jijihyang. In particular, the ‘Writer’s Room’, which is decorated with the complete works of Korean writers such as Park Wansuh and Ko Un, is a special space where you can immerse yourself in their literary world. The room is also good for a stay with children as the furniture and bedclothes are made of natural wood and environmentally-friendly materials.

  

Travel Information

- Address: Bookcity Culture Foundation, 145 Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do

- Tel.: +82-31-955-0090

- Room rates: KRW 120,000 ~ 140,000 (plus VAT 10%)

- Website: http://www.jijihyang.com/Main/en_Main

 

 

Left: a lake among Pyeonghwa Nuri Trail. / Middle: a couple is posing nex to the Pinocchio sculpture. / Right: a part of Bookstay Jijihyang.