Not Your Average Korean Bookstore
While teaching English in South Korea. Finding (English language or otherwise) books in Korea isn't super hard. The huge chains like Bandi & Luni's usually carry just about whatever you would need at a price you probably don't want to pay. Or you could check out What the Book? in Itaewon, the best place for most of your literary needs and more importantly with used prices and return/trade policies that help the wallet out. But what about when you want something a little different? A hole in the wall/coffee shop/comic book store sound good? Then maybe a visit to Thanks Books in Hongdae would hit the spot.
The store is not very big and the outside of it isn't immediately attractive, allowing you to walk right by without noticing it. However, it is definitely worth a look around. The main attraction for a guy like me is the ever-changing comic book collection. When I visited, it was right around the release of The Dark Knight Rises so the store had Batman on the brain.
The layout is simple with the comic display right near the door and the cash register. The checkout counter doubles as a coffee bar offering some slightly overpriced caffeinated beverages for you to enjoy either in their lounge type front area, or the lower counter in the back. I didn't test it out, but I'm assuming they had wifi because of the guy with his laptop and it is in Korea. But that isn't science, so I'll have to edit once I know for sure.
The star of the show was the international and well-stocked collection on the caped crusader. The greatest hits of Batman: Year One, The Killing Joke, Knightfall (because of Bane in the movie I assume), and The Dark Knight Returns rounded out a really solid list. Not to mention they had these books in English, Korean, as well as Japanese. It was fun to flip through classic Batman stories in hangeul for a bit.
If you are interested in checking out this place, then take yourself over to Hapjeong station, leave Exit #3, and go straight until you can follow the street to the right. Keep an eye out on the left side of the road and you should see it!
I'm told they have comic events, trading days, and the stash on display changes all the time so it bears repeat visits!