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Korea’s oldest bookstore to relaunch in SeoulBy Korea Herald
Published : Dec. 22, 2016 - 17:55
Jongno Books, more commonly known as Jongno Seojeok, will relaunch Friday at Seoul’s Jongno intersection, according to book publishing officials.
Under a different mother company and management, the new store will replace the Jongno Tower branch of bookstore chain Bandi & Lunis. A former executive of Youngpoong Bookstore, a Korean bookstore chain, will take the helm of the new store.
Launched by a Jesuit organization in 1907, Jongno Bookstore grew fast to become a popular meet-up and cultural hangout of the time. Later in the 1980s, new bookstore chains including Kyobo Book Center and Youngpoong Bookstore joined the market. The 97-year-old bookstore gradually gave way to the new chains and public demand for online bookstores, ultimately going out of business in 2002. (Yonhap)
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