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11/07/2019 Special > Special

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The Day of Cultural Activities

To spread the cultural flavor in people's lives

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In Korea, the last Wednesday of each month is, by law, designated as a "day of cultural activities." In order to lower the threshold of cultural facilties across the country and spread the cultural flavor in people's lives, the Cultural Promotion Committee and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism initiated the policy of cultural day from January of 2014. On this day, cultural activities provided by more than 2000 cultural facilities including movie theaters, performance theaters, museums, art museums, and cultural properties can be enjoyed for a discounted price, or even for free. Some facilities even extend their opening hours on this day so that office workers can take advantage of this special day after their work.
 
The last Wednesday of each month in Korea is designated as a "day of cultural activities."
(Photo courtesy of culture.go.kr)

Major movie theaters in Korea, including CGV, Lotte Cinema, and Megabox engage in price discount of 5,000 won for movie tickets from 5pm to 9pm. For those who prefer to watch more lively performances such as plays, musicals, or dance perfomances, there will be discounts or special programs available on the last Wednesday of each month. As for fine arts and exhibitions, major exhibition facilities, including the  National Museum of Contemporary Art will either be free, discounted, or even opened for extended hours. In libraries for book lovers, special programs may be enjoyed. The palaces in the city, such as the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Changdeokgung Palace, the Changgyeonggung Palace, the Deoksugung Palace, the Jongmyo Shrine, and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty are also on the list. They are open for visitors with no extra cost once a month.
 
The Gyeongbokgung Palace, located in Jongno-gu, is free of charge on the last Wednesday of every month.
(Photo courtesy of korean.visitseoul.net)

For Hanyang University students, cultural day can be enjoyed near campus in Seongdong-gu. On the last Wednesday of November, the CGV movie theater near Wangsimni station offers 2D movies for 5,000 won from 5pm to 9pm. At the Galeria Foret, an exhibition titled Brick Campus in Seoul features art made of brick or even legos, while the other exhibit in the Galeria Foret, titled The Muse; Degas to Gaudi, can both be visited for a discounted price on the spot. The Seongdong public libraries are offering a tempting deal by allowing people to borrow up to 10 books.

Besides offering people various opportunities to experience cultural activities, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism engages in diverse, designed businesses for the purpose of cooperating with private organizations and expanding the cultural leisure of citizens. These ongoing projects include a local culture content characterization business, with the aim of excavating culture programs using intrinsic local culture and the “youth mike” which supports youth by supporting their dreams of becoming professional musicians by providing the opportunity to perform on stage.

Culture day is the day to take a “break from our daily lives,” as its slogan suggests. Why don’t we take the last Wednesday of every month to enjoy the diverse cultural experiences open to us in Korea and fill ourselves with energy to go on with our daily lives? Culture day offers us just what we need in this complicated modern world. The relaxation and enjoyment, ensued by the fresh energy to start out a new month, awaits you.

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Kim Hyun-soo       soosoupkimmy@hanyang.ac.kr
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