In the 1940s, the poet Inhwan Park opened a bookstore called “Mariseosa” in Jongno, Seoul. ‘Mari’ came from Marie Laurencin, his favorite poet, and ‘Seosa’ is an old term for bookstore. During the age of transition, Mariseosa was more than just a bookstore. It was a saloon where the brightest minds of the times gather and share their ideas of the new world.
In 2019, there is a bookstore named after Park’s Mariseosa in Gunsan. Despite the difference in time and space, it was built for the same intention: the love of the books and the book lovers. the combination of the blue roof and the brown walls is in itself an icon; the originality of this place, however, is portrayed by its selection of books.