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Seoul library offers glimpse of life in North Korea

“On the fifth floor of the National Library of South Korea, there is a room full of books and magazines that are mostly banned in this country.And yet, this wing of the library is open to the public.Welcome to the North Korean Information Center.At a time when relations between North and South Korea are at the worst they’ve been in years, this place offers South Koreans a rare window to the communist neighbor to the north.” (via ABC57 News)

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Looted Korean royal books get colorful welcome

AP – “South Korea celebrated the return of nearly 300 royal books looted by French soldiers in the 19th century with solemn ceremonies Saturday bringing alive the color and pageantry of a bygone royal age. Bearers dressed in bright red costumes of the Joseon Dynasty carried a palanquin containing some of the books to central Seoul’s Gyeongbok Palace to the piercing sound of traditional horns and gongs.”

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