Government plans new hangul museum

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Government plans new hangul museum

The Korean government will build a museum dedicated to hangul by next year to inspire art based on the Korean alphabet. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that it will launch a committee today to prepare for the museum opening.

Committee members include hangul experts and other designers known for incorporating the alphabet into their work. Participants include An Sang-su, a former visual design professor at Hongik University known for his namesake font; globally renowned fashion designer Lie Sang-bong; and many other professionals. They will decide how to make the new museum attractive to visitors.

The committee members are also expected to pitch ideas on how to collect artifacts for the regular exhibitions and themes for the special shows. So far, the ministry has collected over 8,000 artifacts through donations and purchases. The government plans to spend 32.6 billion won ($30 million) on the new museum, which will be built on the grounds of the National Museum of Korea in Yongsan District, central Seoul.

By Lee Sun-min []
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