History Books [역사책방]

Yumi's Cells 2 (2022); Good Casting (2020); Born Again (2020); Nobody Knows (2020); When the Camellia Blooms (2019)

Kim Yu-mi (Kim Go-eun) works part-time at this bookstore (seen as ‘Soondol Books’) in full episode 7 of Yumi’s Cells 2 (Yumiui Sepodeul 2/유미의 세포들 2) (TVING, 2022).

In episode 11 (full episode 6) of Good Casting (굿캐스팅) (SBS, 2020), Yoon Seok-ho (Lee Sang-yeob) thinks back to a moment when he had jealously followed his ex-tutor Baek Chan-mi (Choi Gang-hee) and her fellow male student to this book shop after she had left a goodbye note. When she sees him, he sheepishly hides behind a The Police record.

In the opening scene of episode 1 of Born Again (본 어게인) (KBS2, 2020), Cheon Jong-beom (Jang Ki-yong), Jung Sa-bin (Jin Se-yun) and Kim Soo-hyuk (Lee Soo-hyuk) encounter each other in and out of this bookstore. In particular, Sa-bin gets annoyed when Jong-beom gets his hand on a book that she had previously reserved, and Soo-hyuk almost knocks into her when she steps out.

This bookstore appears as ‘Ongsan Books’ in episode 2 (full episode 1) of When the Camellia Blooms (동백꽃 필 무렵) (KBS2, 2019). This is where Hwang Yong-sik (Kang Ha-neul) falls for Dong-baek (Kong Hyo-jin) at first sight and they have (according to him) the ‘historical exchange’ of “Sorry!,” with Dong-baek’s response being “That’s okay” (an expression she had just read in Harry Potter).

Also seen in Nobody Knows (아무도 모른다/Amudo Moreunda) (SBS, 2020).

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History Books [역사책방] is a bookstore that specializes in books on history across various fields (cultural history, world history, art history etc.). A café and occasional lectures, exhibitions and concerts —all related in a way to the topic of history— round up the offerings of this store.

It is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Tongui [Tongui-dong/통의동] —overseen by the administrative neighborhood of Sajik [Sajik-dong/사직동]— in the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구]; just around the corner from Hyoja-ro .

24 Jahamun-ro 10-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 자하문로10길 24
(통의동 12)
Geolocation: 37.579291, 126.972809

Getting here
Gyeongbokgung Station [경복궁역], Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 3
(7 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL; last updated 02/07/2022
Born Again submitted by Thom Musni

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  1. Born Again Episode 1 was filmed here.

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