Classical Korean Music Center to be Built

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Classical Korean Music Center to be Built

By the end of next year, the Kyonggi Classical Music Orchestra will have a new home, one that will double as a mecca for classical Korean music.

The Kyonggi government dedicated 6.5 billion won ($5.8 million) to construct a classical Korean music institute. "We want to foster talent and provide a state-of-the-art venue for performances," officials said September 6.

Until this point, the classic music scene has been limited. The tide is turning.

"Korean music is starting to gain world-wide attention and talented musicians have hightened the level of playing," officials said, adding, "We hope to tap into an international audience and draw from a wide pool of performers."

Now fans and performers can satisfy their craving for traditional music at the Classical Korean Music Hall. Once the Kyonggi orchestra moves in, they will be able to perform in front of an audience of 800 people.

The center, which measures approximately 16,000 square meters, will be built near Kyonggi museum in Sanggal, Kihong, in the city of Yongin. The neighboring Korean Folk Village is 2 km away.

Plans are underway to host a range of performances, making the center "the new mecca for classical Korean music," officials said.

by Chung Chanmin

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