Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Kidari (키다리), Suncheon's English bookstore.
People have asked me about Suncheon's English bookstore, Kidari English Shop (키다리영어샵), so I took a walk to try and find it today. It's a decent size, I suppose, and has a lot of authentic English-language books and textbooks, though geared mostly toward children. A lot of young adult literature, too, including a lot of "the classics," plus staples of your childhood like Judy Bloom, and the Twilight series, which is popular with adults not so young. If you didn't know, the store is geared toward the classroom and English education materials, so don't get your hopes up looking for bestsellers or magazines from back home.
It's pretty easy to find, though I guess I never noticed it before because I hadn't wandered around those love motels. If you know where the Geumdang Holly's Coffee is, turn down that street and make a right at the Family Mart. It'll be on your left and it looks like a castle.
And for those of you laughing about Suncheon having an English bookstore, shut the hell up. I don't laugh at you when you write shit like "ooooh, I went to an outdoor market!" or "today we went to Bundang's Korean restaurant" or "my family drove on Canada's highway."