by bh yoo, Kyobo Book Center, Seoul
This year we've got a big wooden table for reading in a big Kyobo Book Store located at Gwanghwamun, Seoul. It was made of Kauri pine tree of 50,000 years old which was hidden in the marsh with the size of 11.5m x 1.5 ~ 1.8m and the weight 1.6 ton. Days ago I visited the book store to see it. There was no vacancy but one. It's said that 100 readers can use at a same time. People can read whatever they like and put it back to shelves. The proprietor said that the level of Korean readers is high not to spoil books for others to buy them. I wished that too and thanked for the owner to dare the loss of space for more book shelves for people.