Baedari Secondhand Bookstore Alley

If you’ve watched Goblin and absolutely love the drama, you might be familiar with this iconic yellow bookstore featured in the show – Hanmi Bookstore (한미서점).

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It’s one of the secondhand bookstores located in Baedari Secondhand Bookstore Alley. Unfortunately, this alley is not in Seoul; fortunately, it’s in Incheon, which is about an hour away via Seoul Subway. I took a bus from one of the nearest subway stations, Dong Incheon Station, just one stop ahead of Incheon Station (both stations are on Line 1).

The directions on KTO’s website are a little vague, and we ended up getting a little lost. Fortunately, a kind cashier in GS25 gave us directions – she probably does this very often because everyone comes to this place to look for the same bookstore. As far as my memory goes, it is only 1 stop away from the bus stop opposite Dong Incheon station, but do remember to check the bus stop information board carefully! I would also recommend asking some of the shop owners nearby, because they most likely get asked this quite often as well.

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Besides taking lots of photographs here, do take the time to appreciate these little books placed outside. The books are all typed in Korean, but the book covers are still very lovely to feel and touch even if you may not understand the content.

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Interior of Hanmi, taken from the window

Of course, there are other bookstores located in this alley besides Hanmi. Unfortunately when I went there, many of them were doing stocktaking so I couldn’t go in to take a look. If you are fortunate enough, you might be able to go in and perhaps even buy a book to your liking!

As lovely as this place is for Goblin fans, it is a tad far to get to from Seoul and not as engaging & interesting for everyone. I would recommend this as a stop if you happen to be in Incheon for a day trip / short trip, but not as a place that you should especially go to visit, as there are a few other filming locations in Seoul as well (ಠ‿ಠ)


DIRECTIONS

Address: 인천광역시 동구 중앙로 2
인천광역시 동구 중앙로 2 (금곡동)

Address of Hanmi Bookstore: 14-4 Geumgok-dong, Dong-gu, Incheon, South Korea

Line 1 Dong Incheon Station or Dowon Station

[Bus]
Opposite Dong Incheon Station.
Bus No. 9, 10, 15, 27, 28
Bound for Baedari

From Dowon Station.
Bus No. 9, 10, 15, 27, 28
Bound for Baedari

For more information, visit KTO’s website here.

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