Daeo Bookstore is known to be the oldest bookstore in Seoul. Today, this place also houses a café and hosts special events. Additionally, its fame has been further assured thanks to frequent visits by celebrities and artists.
Daeo Bookstore essentially operates as a café, allowing you to take in its ambiance while enjoying a beverage. However, if you just want to take pictures to capture the moment, or take a tour of the bookstore without buying a drink, free admission is given to those who purchase a souvenir worth around KRW 3,000. Each souvenir package contains a postcard and bookmarks. You could also buy a drink or a souvenir at the entrance to fully enjoy Daeo Bookstore.
Daeo Bookstore emanates peace right from its entrance. The structure of the building itself gives off a warm feeling as it used to be a traditional house before being renovated, and a range of props from the olden days add to the sweet and soft vibe of the place. The gentle flow of music also plays a part in creating the mood.
Perhaps that's why traces of celebrities are found all over Daeo Bookstore. The door to the courtyard has become one of the hottest photo zones because of its feature on IU's album, and from a photo of RM from BTS sitting on the floor.
The name, Daeo, was created by combining one syllable in each of the names of the people who own the place. As the name suggests, props and interior design that reflect its history, as well as old books that remain well preserved, exude a wave of warm and inviting energy. Its natural beauty, with hardly any artificial additions, makes this place utterly unique. And this uniqueness continues on outward, reverberating throughout the surrounding alleys. The neighborhood is full of food and attractions, as well as traditional hanok houses, cafés, and suitable restaurants everywhere. It is worth noting that Tongin Market, famous for its brass-coin lunch box, is located nearby.