Surrounded by sheets of corrugated iron, the tall metal building frame is a desolate reminder of a life that once thrived here – one of reading and writing, books and publishing, comics and magazines

The Toko Buku Liong – or Liong Bookstore – once stood on this site in the Indonesian city of Semarang, in Central Java province. Next to beautifully preserved neoclassical buildings dating from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries in the Kota Lama, or Old Town, the former bookstore was…


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