Jutting up from the side of a hill is Eunpyeong-gu Public Library, a terraced, fortress-like structure with an immaculate view of the surrounding area. Its brutalist style design, with plentiful amounts of green ivy dotting its exterior, has received numerous accolades, including the 2001 Korea Architecture Award. It’s a far cry from the modern glass structures crowding the Gangnam and Jongno skylines; an incredibly unique piece of architecture. The terraced design leaves plenty of outdoor space for visitors to make use of, including parapet-like nooks equipped with tables and benches for friends to hang out and chat in over a cup of coffee while enjoying the beautiful view of the district below.
While the library is much smaller compared to other public libraries in Seoul, it does boast the city’s first multicultural children’s library section, designed to create a better understanding of foreign cultures and the world at large amongst Korean kids, stocking books in a wide variety of languages. The library also hosts numerous cultural and educational programs for people of all ages, and visitors are free to check out books as well as films and other multimedia.
13-84 Tongil-ro 78ga-gil, Bulgwang 2(i)-dong, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul, South Korea 13-84
Take Lines 3 or 6 to Yeonsinnae Station and go out Exit 3. -> Turn left into the first alley then bear right, going about 100 meters until you reach Yeonsinnae Church. -> Turn left at the church and walk straight about 100 meters then turn right into the next road. -> Follow this road about 200 meters and you will reach Eunpyeong-gu Library.