Posted : 2013-10-25 18:46
Updated : 2013-10-25 18:46

Monthly 'Culture Day' to be designated

Kim Dong-ho
By Do Je-hae

The government is planning to establish a monthly "Culture Day," which will feature free admission to major venues around the country, including museums, palaces, theaters and concert halls, tentatively the last Wednesday of every month.

The plan was among a host of other activities envisioned by the Presidential Committee on Cultural Enrichment.

The committee, in cooperation with the culture ministry and relevant experts, announced a new set of measures to push forward President Park Geun-hye's policy priority on promoting culture in everyday life during a Cheong Wa Dae meeting Friday.

"Since the committee was founded in July, we traveled to various parts of the country to identify major issues and problems in culture and collect ideas on how to make cultural experiences a bigger part of our daily lives," said committee Chairman Kim Dong-ho during a press conference at the culture ministry.

Particulars for the culture day project were not i m m e d i a t e l y available, including when the free admission program will begin.

The government will also spend more on supporting the humanities in schools through developing student-friendly adaptations of ancient classics.

Other tasks include the establishment of the "World Culture Summit" to bring together experts from around the world to discuss the roles of culture in tackling global challenges.

"Cultural prosperity" has been one of the key policy goals of the Park administration.

Park established the Presidential Committee on Cultural Enrichment in July to come up with new ideas for supporting a sector that is fundamentally important to the quality of life and identity as a nation.

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