This place screams out nostalgia as soon as you walk into the store. Vintage Bonnie, pink both in and out, is a small store located near Insadong, a district wellknown for its preservation of traditional Korean culture. From vintage clothing to vintage toys, this store sells everything vintage. When you buy something from the store, the owner gives you a special gift that will take you back to your childhood. But even if you don’t plan to buy anything, their unique items are enough to entertain the visitors. Be sure to stop by for the sweet taste of nostalgia.
After walking up a small and narrow flight of stairs, you will discover yourself in a small bar, playing classical blues and pop hits through their large speakers. The first thing you will notice at this bar is their huge collection of vinyl records. Seochon Blues is located near Gyeongbokgung Palace and has a collection of over 3,000 vinyl records. In a generation where most people play their music through their smartphones, this bar goes retro and sends out a message that you still can enjoy music with good quality, even though it is being played by a vinyl record. You can request any of the classical hits you’d like for them to play on a “song request” sticky note while enjoying a small, cool drink on the side. This bar welcomes day drinkers too, as it opens from 3 p.m.. Seochon Blues invites everyone and anyone; from those who enjoy drinking to those who just want to be in an old-fashioned environment with classical music.
A Bookshop in Wonderland, '2SangBook'
The smell of old books captivates the visitors of this bookshop. This is because the books in this store were all published a long time ago. Also, they are special since the shopkeeper personally handpicks them. The bookshop consists of literature, history, philosophy books, and also books on the arts. To make it even more special, on every second and fourth Friday of each month, the bookshop also hosts small recitals, public readings, and other activities to provide unique cultural experiences for their visitors. Come visit and immerse yourselves in this peaceful atmosphere while you read with quiet and soothing music in the background.