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The government wants to turn Cheong Wa Dae into a cultural complex

SEOUL, July 21 — The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Thursday that it plans to turn the former presidential residence of Cheong Wa Dae in central Seoul into a multi-purpose cultural complex. Its minister, Park Bo-gyoon, briefed President Yoon Suk-yeol on the project in his office as part of the ministry’s major work plans.

It is the first time that a government office has released a detailed plan for the use of the historic facility since it opened to the public in May. Some cultural heritage experts have called for the preservation of Cheong Wa Dae as a cultural heritage site rather than a tourist destination.

Cheong Wa Dae served as the office and residence of the country’s president for the past 74 years before Yoon moved the main office to the former Ministry of Defense building in Yongsan, in the heart of the capital. During the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), it was used as the rear garden of Gyeongbok Palace, one of the main royal palaces.

Under this plan, the Ministry of Culture plans to use the facility for multiple purposes such as an art museum, presidential memorial hall and arboretum, making full use of over 600 works of art, traces of former presidents who lived there, and about 50,000 trees and some cultural property of the enclosure.

“The Ministry of Culture will take the lead in the second stage, after the opening of Cheong Wa Dae in the first stage,” Park said of the project during a press briefing at the government complex in the center on Wednesday. from Seoul. He stressed that the goal is to make it “a living Cheong Wa Dae” where many cultural events can take place rather than keeping it in its “static form”.

Seoul will also work with experts to find ways to use it as an exhibition space without harming its value as a cultural heritage site so that this project can become a model of cooperation between citizens and the government, said The Minister.

The policy report also included a plan to intensively support Korean films, streaming services and pop music to help them drive the growth of the country’s entire content industry, an umbrella term encompassing publishers. , broadcasters, advertisers and companies producing music, video games, movies, musicals and other creative media experiences.

The industry has already become a major export sector of the country reaching a total of $11.9 billion in 2020, well above the $7.3 billion for home appliances and the $4.1 billion for billboards, according to the ministry.

For the film industry, the government will work to provide tax deductions for movie tickets and expand the scope of film production tax credits. The Ministry of Culture is also consulting closely with the Ministry of Economy and Finance to increase the size of the public fund established to develop and promote the Korean film industry by 300 billion won ($228.3 million) over the course of the 2023-2025 period, according to Park.

To cultivate globally competitive local streaming services, the ministry will set up what it called a 40 billion won “drama fund” this year to help create dramas. more original Korean films, as well as building two new film studios by 2023 and 2026, respectively.

Seoul will also support the development of virtual pop music shows and local showcases for emerging K-pop singers while seeking to spread the global boom in Korean culture known as “hallyu” to the metaverse, a network of worlds virtual 3D centered on social ties, using new technologies. For this, the government will support 10,000 talents in the content industry over the next three years, according to the ministry.



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