Itaewon is a destination for great nightlife and food but I recently found it's also a great destination to
score a bargain for used english books. There are two in the area that are worth the visit.
Itaewon Foreign Bookstore and What the Book? These two are perhaps completely opposite in their
book shopping experience.
This bookstore is one that holds organization and categorization to a much higher level, to the
relief of those who find Itaewon Foreign Bookstore cramped and chaotic. It's very likely that What the
Book will have what you're looking for.
They also buy, trade, and sell used and new books as well as sell other items like educational
classroom items like flashcards, posters, and banners for you teachers. If you're looking for the
latest foreign magazines in english, you'll find an amazing selection here that is cheaper than at Kyobo. New British Vogue was 19,400 won.
The used and new books are separated in different aisles and with the used sections you're likely to
score a bargain as they hold sales. Keep up with their facebook page for updates on these sales.
Looking through their aisles, I found they also held an extensive selection of used graphic novels.
Their used art/design section, however, like many used bookstores lacked but I did find this gem!
Out of Print, Sound Zero, the exploration of the Velvet Underground's work with Andy Warhol during
the pop art & music explosion of the 70s at 28,000 won. (At list price a new version of this one would
be 57,600 won)
What What the Book boasts is a very extensiveenglish website with a full search engine. They'll
also deliver the book to you anywhere in the Korean peninsula with no shipping fee! Most of the
books on their online site, however, are not available at the retail store thus make sure you call the
store to check! There are native english speakers that will be in store and answer the phone to
make sure they help you to the best of their ability.
For their trade-in option, What the Book has quite a strict policy but it's worth it to try your luck!
There's always the option of receiving your book's worth in cash also. But to note is that magazines
and outdated, damaged, overstocked books, ESL, textbooks, and childrens books they do not accept.
If they don't accept your book for trade-in, I recommend trying your luck at Itaewon Foreign Bookstore!
How to get to What the Book:
What the Book?
Everyday, 7 days a week: 10am - 9pm
They are closed on Christmas, but are open most holidays from 12pm - 7pm, call to confirm.
Address: Yonghwa Building 2F, 176-2 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, Korea
Address : 176-2 이태원동
Seoul-si > All Area
Itaewon Station (Line 6, Exit 1)
Walk about 250 meters, passing the Nike and Coffee Smith stores. The Yonghwa building will be on your right, look up for the sign on the windows.
Locate the entrance steps into the building and walk up to the second floor.