sehwasea munbanggu

Stationery Store Tour in Jeju
If you have spent enough time indulging in Jeju’s delicacies and natural wonders, it is now time to shop for some pens and pencils.
Jeju tours are evolving. More and more tourists are turning their attention to stores with unique characteristics instead of familiar travel destinations. The new trend is based on the rising number of small spaces which focuses on a specific area reflecting the owner’s philosophy or preference. There are charming little stationery stores in Jeju that a pen hoarder or anyone who has an extensive collection of pencils, notebooks, or masking tapes cannot just pass. Can’t understand why you have to go all the way to Jeju Island and merely visit a stationery store? If you learn more about the three stores we are about to introduce, you may be able to see what all the fuss is about. Besides, writing supplies are great souvenir items to remember your trips by. Even if you don’t need them right away.
Pencil Shop
The name ‘Pencil Shop’ says it all. It’s a store selling every pencil-related item such as pencils, erasers, and pencil sharpeners. There is hardly any item that does not have something to do with pencils, but pencils are not the only things on shelves. What it means will be made clear when you step into the store.

Before really discussing the pencil shop, we cannot help but discuss ‘Travel Shop.’ Offering travel books and teas from various countries, Travel Shop shares a building with the pensil shop. According to the shop owner Lee Joohan, he and his wife relocated to Jeju in 2017 and opened the shop and a bookstay in Jongdal-ri, Gujwa-eup in Jeju-si. Later when they moved the travel shop to the current location, they separately opened a store specializing in pencils right next to the travel store.
Among those who like to travel, it is easy to find collectors who buy specific items from their travel destinations, such as magnetics, teaspoons, and sugar cubes. The owner of the pencil shop has chosen pencils to be his passion. The business began as they started selling pencils that they collected themselves from various travel sites. You can feel the overflowing affection toward pencils when you visit Pencil Shop.

The store has pencils from all across the globe, including Thailand and Afghanistan. There are pencils that are just so pretty to look at and those from countries you have never traveled to before. So feeling each pencil in your grip gives you an interesting experience of finding the one that’s meant for you. That pencil will be a reminder of your Jeju trip even if you never use it, and that would have been the pencil’s role.
A program called ‘Transcription Night’ is available at the shop. After sampling pencils from various countries, you can pick one that you like and start a 2-hour transcription activity. For those who miss traveling to faraway, unknown places in this prolonged pandemic era, it can be a reward writing with a pencil that came from overseas.
Address 929 Taewi-ro, Namwon-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju Island
Inquiry +82-10-2069-9298
Instagram @pencilshop_jeju
Following a rather short olle trail near Jongdal Elementary School located in Jongdal-ri, you can find a stone house common in Jeju. It’s occupied by ‘Pilgi’ which sells writing supplies. If you think you are pretty devoted to stationery, you have to watch out for your wallet. From pencils to notebooks to wooden rulers to erasers, the place has so many desirable items handpicked by the owner who has an eye for beauty. The book brush to dust off book covers and the thin notebook that totally opens up and feels smooth may haunt you for quite a while.

Pilgi has a special feature. You can try your hand at typewriting. It does not belong to the stationery category to be technical. However, people who like writing tools will mostly be thrilled to have a chance to ever use a typewriter. If you have always wanted to get one, but delayed purchasing it, thinking it might never be practical and yet, have an uncontrollable urge to press the keys whenever you see a vintage typewriter, this is your chance. At Pilgi, you can test out the typewriter without spending a fortune.

There are two vintage typewriters on small desks in one corner of the shop. Make a reservation and pay 25,000 won to claim the ownership of one of the desks for an hour and 40 minutes. Follow the owner’s guideline to type one letter after another. The heavy, solid feel at your fingertips while typing will be a long-lasting memory. The experience is something unexpected and refreshing. Bring the typed result to the owner and you will receive a real wax-sealed envelope with the paper in it. It will be a great opportunity to write a letter to your traveling partner, whether it’s a friend or a loved one. A journal logging your day or a copy of your favorite sentence from a book can be a good option as well.
Address 8-1 Jongdal-ro 7-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju Island
Inquiry +82-10-9340-1342
Instagram @_pilgi
Sehwa Sea Munbanggu
Sehwa Beach Park is considered the most scenic beach in eastern Jeju. ‘Sehwa Sea Munbanggu’ is located near that beautiful beach. A well-groomed cat greets the guest first in front of the shop entrance. According to the owner of the stationery store, the cat’s name is ‘Samsaegi’ and she found it in the streets near the shop. Since then, she and the cat have been very important to each other. The cat leads you inside, and you will find stationery that you can’t find anywhere else.

Having been a book designer, the owner fills Sehwa Sea Munbanggu with items of her own design. Pencils, notebooks, calendars, masking tapes, grip talks, hand mirrors, and other various items all feature her drawing. The tiny little drawings mostly depict something related to Jeju, such as the sea, stone wall, dolhareubang, tangerine, and haenyeo.

Through the large window of the shop located on the second floor of a building sitting atop a hill, you get a good view of the ocean. It is probably a stationery shop with the most spectacular ocean view in the world. The turquoise sea adds charm to the displayed items in the shop. In addition, Sehwa Sea Munbanggu items are reasonably priced. If you bring your family over, everyone can get a unique souvenir without being frivolous.
Address 1450-1 Haemajihaean-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju Island
Inquiry +82-10-6844-0601
Instagram @sehwasea.munbanggu

Where to Stay in Jeju: LOTTE HOTEL JEJU
LOTTE HOTEL JEJU is a resort hotel equipped with 500 rooms and suites. Inspired by ‘Palace of the Lost City’ resort in South Africa, the hotel’s architectural design creates an exotic atmosphere as it blends into the pristine natural environment of Jeju Island. There are four restaurants and a lounge, as well as various high-end facilities including a year-round outdoor spa pool, offering the perfect getaway for visitors who want to enjoy Jeju and relax.
Address 35 Jungmungwangwang-ro 72beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju Island
Inquiry +82-64-731-1000
November 2021 Editor:Kim Hyewon
Writer:Jung Daun
Photographer:Park Doosan

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  • November 2021
  • Editor: Kim Hyewon
    Writer: Jung Daun
  • Photographer: Park Doosan
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