5.43 million (2017)

Official language



South Korean won (₩)

Important Ministries
Ministry of Education

Official statistics office
Statistical Office 

Trade associations
Korean Publishers Association (KPA)

Translation programmes
The Daesan Foundation provides grants for the translation, research and publication of Korean literary works.

Contact: daesan@daesan.or.kr

The Literature Translation Institute of Korea selects and funds translations of a wide range of Korean works.

VAT on books
10% for both books and eBooks

Fixed book Price System

Extensive statistics available in the Japan Book Publishers Association’s Introduction to Publishing in Japan below, and the Publishers Association’s Book Market Statistics available to members on website.

Annual book fairs
Seoul International Book Fair is held over 5 days in June.

Useful Articles/Resources

Useful Contacts

British Council
Tel: +82 (0)2 3702 0601

Department for International Trade
Email: Trade.Korea@fco.gov.uk; DIT.Korea@fco.gov.uk
Tel: +82 (0)2 3210 5500

Kyobo is the largest book chain in South Korea.
Yes 24 is an online retailer.
Aladdin is an online retailer.
Interpark is an online retailer.

Latest updates on South Korea

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