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363. Greeting the Season of Book Cafés

Jang, Min-young 기자2016.08.29 08:53:49

Imagine sitting in a comfortable chair, reading a book and sipping a delightful drink. The summer heat washes away in September, and trees sway in the refreshing wind. Autumn truly is a fine season for reading, and one of the ways to satisfy the desire to read can be found in the book cafés located at the North Gate of Kyungpook National University.

Book cafés hold a variety of charming aspects that lure in readers. At the North Gate, there are cartoon cafés, study cafés, or cafés with educational books. Thus, the choices are there for a variety of interests. Once in a book café, there are more decisions to be made because rows and rows of books cause a welcome difficulty in choosing what to read. Moreover, a cozy reading area makes enjoying books more appealing. Some book cafés have a seating area on the floor, and some even have an area to read lying down, though the actual layout differs by cafés. What can be cozier than reading a book, while relaxing with your favorite snacks?

Because the focus is on ‘books’, it may be assumed that the ‘café’ part is somewhat neglected. On the contrary, all the desserts are as good as the ones sold at specialty stores, and they are at an affordable price. There are cafés that only charge visitors for beverages, regardless of how many books they read or how long they stay. Some charge for the additional time spent after a fixed time but it usually stays under 10,000 won.

 

Book and Comics Café, Mine

Mine is a cartoon café located on the 2nd floor of There’s building. It is open from noon to midnight. Guests are free to read comics once they order a beverage for each person. There is no time limit to the length of stay. A beverage costs about 5,000 won, which is very reasonable considering that there is no extra cost for accessing the books. There are more than 40 different kinds of beverages in addition to desserts.

The café can accommodate about 60 people at a time. The dim lighting and calming music create the best environment for flipping through comic books. Thousands of copies are neatly arranged by genre or author and by year of publication. There are a few educational comic books, but most are for entertainment. Choices are wide, from Korean comics, to Japanese, or Marvel comics. The newest comics are also available. The café provides time to indulge in childhood reminiscence in a cozy environment. Time flies remarkably at the book and comics café, Mine.

 

Café Dadareum

Recently opened, the Café Dadareum is a book and study café. It is located on the 4th floor of Seoga and Cook building. Bright lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows offer an open concept. Trending music fills the store and thus the atmosphere is more lively than calming. In addition, the kind owner makes one feel at home. All beverages are very affordable, ranging from 2,500 to 4,100 won. However, affordable does not mean cheap; the owner constantly tries to create new taste experiences.

There is no charge for reading books and there is no limitation to how long a customer can stay. Café Dadareum holds about 1,500 books, mostly nonfiction. Most books are what the owners used to own and thus, diversity may not be guaranteed. On the café’s Facebook page, the owner posts information about extended operating hours or launching of a new dessert menu. There is also a promotional event to get 20% off on a beverage for a Like on their Facebook page. Here is the address for more information: https://www.facebook.com/cafedadareum/

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