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Culture Ministry extends closures of art and history museums, other sites

The Culture Ministry said Monday it will extend the ongoing closure of major state-run art and history museums, libraries and theaters by another two weeks amid the country’s continued social distancing drive to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said 32 state-run facilities across the country will remain closed through April 19, two weeks longer than previously announced.

The extension followed the government’s announcement that it would extend a broader campaign of self-quarantine and social distancing.

The ministry initially suspended operations of state-run cultural facilities in late February and has since extended the closure on three occasions as the country continues to fight the pandemic.

The closed facilities include the National Museum of Korea and its 13 regional branches, the four outlets of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the three arms of the National Library of Korea.

The National Folk Museum of Korea, the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History and the National Hangeul Museum will also remain shut until April 19.

Five national performing arts theaters, including the National Gugak Center and the National Theater of Korea, as well as seven state art companies, including the Korean National Ballet and the Korea National Opera, will also remain closed or suspend shows during the period.

Separately, the Cultural Heritage Administration said Monday that several palatial facilities under its jurisdiction, including the National Palace Museum of Korea and the greenhouse annexed to Changgyeong Palace in Seoul, will also remain closed through April 19.

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