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Seoul National Library - Katie Kinsley

Seoul National Library

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Journal Entry: 6/12/09

Seoul National Library just had its grand opening in May. It is called the Dibrary (pronounced dee-brary) and claims to be the first such repository in the world, the new 8-story building will offer only digital content to users via a stunning number of computer terminals, laptops and televisions.

The library’s mascots are d-to, u-to, and n-to. Stands for digital, ubiquitous, and nature. They are rather creepy.

Next we went to the National Children’s Library. It is separate from the National Library for children and teens up to the age of 18.

After we went to the Taekwondo stadium. Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea.

We got to have a break and then everyone met in the hotel lobby at 11:00pm. We met this late because we headed out to Dongdaemun to go shopping. It is only open from 10pm to 5am. Dongdaemun area is the largest wholesale & retail market area in Seoul city and the main item of the market is clothes.

In 2009 I traveled to South Korea to study abroad. I kept a diary of each day of my visit. When I returned to the United States, I created these digitized posts of my entries and the images that I took on each corresponding day. You can find all the South Korea journal entries here.

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