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Updated December 28th, 2023 at 15:09 IST

Asia's most beautiful libraries that are more than just a reading paradise

Want to explore some libraries? Here is a list that you cannot miss.

Asia's most beautiful libraries that are more than just a reading paradise
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Asia houses some of the most stunning libraries. Asian libraries do not only comprise some great literary works but are also architectural marvels that will keep you in awe. The simplest definition of a library is a place that houses and lends books to its members. However, in the digital age, a library has been replaced by e-books with many people wondering if we really do need a library? 

Libraries are often under-rated and more than a place where books live. They provide information and resources. 

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Here are a few top libraries in Asia that are a must visit.

Starfield library, Seoul, South Korea

This two-floored library is located in the underground Starfield COEX Mall. This happens to be a gigantic repository of over 70,000 titles spanning various genres. This library also comprises many foreign books from famous authors. You can also explore e-books on iPads.

Nakajima library, Japan 

This library is inspired by the ancient Colosseum of Rome. The award-winning Nakajima library features a beautiful semi-circular design stacking over 75,000 books. This library features a ceiling made of local cedar wood which creates a parasol-like effect. 

The national library and archives of Bhutan 

The national library and archives of Bhutan in Thimphu offers its reader some socio-political information about the region, its history, cultural relics, and Tibetan and Bhutanese texts and manuscripts. 

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Bishan public library, Singapore

This architectural marvel is adorned with stained glass panels that filter light and create a tree-house like ambience. It is a four-floored library with a basement and rooftop terrace. 

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National library of Indonesia

This is the world’s tallest national library, spanning 24 floors and offering over 4,000 titles. On your visit here, you can explore rare books, ancient maps, old newspapers, and classic paintings. It also has an in-house canteen where books are permitted and you can indulge in delicacies like Bakso and Nasi Campur.

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Published December 28th, 2023 at 10:00 IST

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