Travel Guide

Seoul Outdoor Library: Your Literary Oasis in the Heart of the City

May 21, 2024

Operated by the Seoul City government, the Seoul Outdoor Library is a place to connect with books, community, and nature. From April 18th to November 10th, anyone can enjoy the freedom of reading outdoors. Hosted in Seoul Plaza, Gwanghwamun Plaza, and now the scenic Cheonggyecheon, this beloved outdoor library offers visitors a refreshing al fresco reading experience amidst the city's vibrant atmosphere.


Last year the Seoul Outdoor Library attracted 1.7 million visitors. Building on its success, the library will have no closures this year and will introduce "Night Library" hours, operating from 4 PM to 9 PM during the peak summer season (early June to September).


At the Gwanghwamun Reading Area, visitors will find over 5,000 titles to choose from, while the Cheonggyecheon location boasts a collection of over 2,000 books.

Seoul Plaza

Beyond its vast selection of books and inviting bean bags, the Seoul Outdoor Library will host a variety of events, markets, and activities throughout its operational period.

The Seoul Outdoor Library welcomes visitors at the following locations and times:

Seoul Plaza: Thursday to Sunday

Gwanghwamun Plaza: Friday to Sunday

Cheonggyecheon: Friday to Sunday (until June)

Unpack your favorite book, settle into a comfy spot, and soak up the joy of reading under Seoul's open sky. Whether you're flying solo, sharing the adventure with your kids, or catching up with friends over a good book, the Seoul Outdoor Library welcomes everyone to celebrate the love of reading.

Photo source: Seoul Metropolitan Government

At Shuttle Delivery, we pride ourselves on being the go-to food delivery app for foreigners residing and exploring South Korea. With the convenience of PayPal payment options and our unique nationwide concierge service, we ensure seamless ordering experiences everywhere you go. Plus, with our next-day postal delivery on groceries and a wide range of home essentials, we're dedicated to making life convenient for our customers every step of the way.