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Korea to build a cultural center in New York

SEJONG - Korea will build an information center in New York City, the government said Monday.

The Korean Culture and Information Service (Kocis), which is affiliated with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said it will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for the facility, called the New York Korea Center, on Thursday.

The new seven-story building on Manhattan’s 32nd Street will be equipped with a 176-seat concert hall, exhibition rooms, a library and lecture rooms and will be completed by July 2020.

The government plans to invest 77.1 billion won ($69 million) in the project.

The building will house the Korea Cultural Center in New York, the New York branches of the Korea Tourism Organization and a facility run by the Education Ministry, among other organizations.

New York will be the sixth city to have a Korea Center, following Los Angeles (2006), Beijing (2007), Shanghai (2007), Tokyo (2009) and Paris (to be completed in December 2018).

“The New York Korea Center will become a place where locals who want to access Korean culture can enjoy all aspects of Korean culture, including performances, exhibitions, education and tourism, in one place,” said an official from Kocis.

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