History

1947. 10
The first book fair was held in October, 1947 under the name of Educational Book Exhibition.
1954. 12
The second book fair was held under the name of the Book Fair in Dec. 1954 after the Korean War, and it was organized by the Korean Publishers Association and the National Library of Korea.
1983. 10
The 26th Book Fair was held in 1983 organized by the Korean Publishers Association and the Munhwa Broadcasting Company.
1991. 10
The name was changed to Seoul Book Fair.
1995. 05
The name was officially changed to the Seoul International Book Fair to mark the fiftieth year anniversary of independence. Korean President, Kim Young-sam attended the fair with Fernando Guedes, the president of International Publishers Association.
2008. 05
The Honor Guest Country which focused on the introduction of books from one country during the fair was implemented for the first time. China was selected as the first country of the guest of honor, and famous writers were invited to present their books.
2009. 05
Japan was the guest of honor, and the writers including Ekuni Kaori, Yoshida Shuichi, and Onda Riku were introduced to Korean readers.
2010. 05
France was the guest of honor, and the writers including Bernard Werber and Marc Levy were introduced to Korean readers.
2011. 05
Special programs included the exhibitions of documents and classics which have been handed down throughout centuries and been registered with UNESCO Memory of the World. Other programs included a special exhibition of e-books in E-Square and an exhibition of pop-up books from around the world.
2012. 06
Saudi Arabia was selected as the guest of honor, and special programs included an exhibition of Korean metal types and books by Nobel Literature laureates.
2013. 06
India was selected as the guest of honor and Canada as the country of culture focus. Korean President, Park Geun-hae attended fair, and special programs included an exhibition on metal types from the Joseon Dynasty, books by Nobel Literature laureates, booths by independent publishers, and a display of books which won awards from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
2014. 06.
Oman was selected as the guest of honor and Italy as the country of culture focus. Special programs included an exhibition of book cover designs, new children’s books by up- and-coming writers, the Illustration Wall, and a display of books which won awards from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
2015. 10.
Italy was selected as the guest of honor. Special programs were designed to celebrate Korea's 70th anniversary of Independence.
2016. 6.
Italy was selected as the Spotlight Country and France as the country of Culture Focus. The main theme was "Communicate with Books and Design the Future"