Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Instagrammable Starfield Library, COEX Mall in Seoul

Shutterbugs and instagrammers, if there is one spot you must visit in Seoul, it's the Starfield Library located in Asia's largest underground mall, COEX Mall in Gangnam. You will be surprised to learn that the library is a permanent part of the mall and open to all.  

The two storey open space library is home to over 50,000 books and magazines with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Occasionally there will be centerpieces set up right smack in the middle of the library depending on the season. 

There is no perfect time to visit this stunning gem of Seoul. Come during the day to see the sunlight spilling in to create shadows dancing across the floors and books. Come in the evening to see the library come alive with a warm ambiance. It's recommended to visit Starfield on the weekdays to avoid the local crowd. 

Be prepared to go up and down the escalator many times to get that perfect shot. The locals are used to see tourists and even Koreans flock to the library for photos and doesn't react much. But let's be considerate in our endeavor for the gram. 

How much time
I would recommend allocating 1 hour to 2 hours here. Not only can you take photos at Starfield library but you can also chill out at the few cafes overlooking the library or explore the rest of the mall. There is also the Coex Aquarium in the building although that easily add another 2 hours to your visit. 

Operating Hours
1030am - 10pm (basically mall hours)

Coex Mall is easily accessible by 3 subway lines and within walking distance from 3 stations. 

- Take the Seoul Subway Line 2 to Samseong Station and, exit via Exit 5 or 6.
- Take Seoul Subway Line 9, get off at Bongeunsa Station, and exit via Exit 1, 6, or 7.
- Take Seoul Subway Line 7 to Cheongdam Station and then exit via Exit 2.

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