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Gangnam-style library in Seoul sells $25 getaway for book lovers

Sojeonseolim bills itself as a reading room, cafe and concert hall

The Sojeonseolim library was converted from a private museum. (Photo by Kotaro Hosokawa)

SEOUL -- Shelved among the luxury apartment towers in Seoul's upscale Gangnam district is a small white library that charges more than the price of a new book for admission.

The nonmembers' fee at Sojeonseolim starts at 30,000 won ($25). It has built up a following since opening in February, mainly among 30- and 40-somethings.

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