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The newly opened Bangkok City Library has the looks but not the books

Bangkok City Library is located at the Kok Wua intersection on Ratchadamnoen Road. Photos by Melalin Mahavongtrakul

Having created a buzz and been the centre of interest among the capital's bookworms for quite some time, Bangkok City Library, the yellow three-storey building located at the Kok Wua intersection on Ratchadamnoen Road, is now opening its doors to the public.

Inside the high-ceilinged reception area, visitors deposit their bags in lockers and whip out their ID cards, required for anyone wanting to enter the premises. After inserting the card into the waiting machine, the gate opens into the city's brand-new public space for readers.

Bangkok City Library was open for a test run from April 7-11. During that time, it was already visited by a sizeable crowd of eager people excited about this long-awaited library.

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