I’ve never experienced a country that treasures books as much as Korea does. Our guesthouse in Busan was filled with books, but it’s when we ventured outside that we were really in for a surprise.
During our brief stay in the Jungu area of Busan, Sean and I tried to explore every secret part of the district. On our last day, we went for a long walk and got lost in the maze of traditional markets. On our tourism map I’d seen a place called Bookstore Alley and being a hopeless bookworm I made it my duty to find it.
Bosu Book Street has been around since the 1950s, the same year in which North Korean and Chinese forces invaded South Korea on 25 June. Today, the street is a cultural hub with coffee shops and art galleries.
The stores were only starting to open when we walked through the narrow streets, with new and used copies of contemporary and rare books lining every nook and cranny.
It was, in a word, breathtaking: