These small, private libraries have some pretty big ideas
The number of books available at Korea’s private libraries is far smaller than at public ones, but these places have themes of their own and appeal to specific groups of readers. All these libraries were featured in “People Who Take a Walk in Libraries.”
SF and Fantasy Library
Located in Yeonhui-dong, Seodaemun District, central Seoul, the library has genre books that fall into the categories of science fiction, fantasy, thrillers and martial arts novels.
The library was opened in 1998 by 10 science fiction maniacs, members of an online community. They were having a hard time finding the kinds of books they like and decided to open a library of their own. (070) 8102-5010
The library is located on Jeju Island and was built for travelers. Five Jeju women opened the library at a site once used as a cram school.
During the day, anyone can visit the library. At night is becomes a guesthouse, and only women and families with children are allowed.
Single men are prohibited. If you donate books, you can earn a free night’s stay. (064) 702-0236
Mount Gwanak Poetry Library
The library is located near an entrance to Mount Gwanak, southwestern Seoul, and attracts a lot of hikers. The library rents books during the day to nonmembers who climb the mountain. (02) 871-2261
Farmers’ Vegetable Garden Library
It is a community library located in Jinsang-myeon, Gwangyang, South Jeolla. The library opened in the1980s, but it saw a decreasing number of visitors as most young people left for cities. So the library added vegetable gardens, where people can experience farm life. A traditional Korean style cabin, pond and farm kitchen are also available. For this reason, groups of students often visit the library for hands-on experience. For more information, contact Seo Jae-hwan at 017-606-5025.