Park said in a speech at the opening that she hopes the museum, set up in a historical site, will be a landmark of art and culture, along with its neighboring art galleries in Insa-dong, Bukchon and Samcheong-dong. Previously on the site were government office buildings from the Joseon period (1392-1910) and the Defense Security Command headquarters from the mid-20th century.
“In official tours in foreign countries, I have included programs to promote Korean culture there while visiting the countries’ museums and galleries, despite tight schedules, because it is cultural prosperity that improves a country’s status and its people’s quality of life,” she continued. “The government is making efforts to expand cultural funding, despite the government budget being in a difficult condition, to achieve cultural prosperity.” . [NEWSIS]