Korean govt. designates every last Wednesday as Culture DayUpdated: 2014-01-29 PM 10:06:22 (KST)
Every last Wednesday of the month is now a day of culture as designated by the Korean government.
On this day, people can get free or discounted admissions to concerts and events at public and private cultural institutions, including national theaters, museums and galleries.
On the first Culture Day, some 8-hundred institutions offered discounts or free admissions to arts and culture events.
The idea of designating a monthly culture day was first proposed by the Presidential Committee on Cultural Enrichment last October.
"Although life can be tough, we hope that at least once a month people can escape from their daily routines and enjoy cultural activities, nurturing their inner lives and enhancing their quality of life."
President Park Geun-hye, who has set cultural enrichment as one of the four key national goals of her administration, visited a movie theater on Wednesday and stressed the importance of the value of culture.
"I hope this day offers an opportunity for people to enjoy and appreciate culture even more by visiting performing arts venues or movie theaters like this one."
Culture Minister Yoo Jin-ryong says the designation could make culture more accessible to a wider range of people.
"Koreans have, up to this point, led lives focused on work. The designation of Culture Day was made to send the message that now is the time to change our perceptions and lead a new life centering on family and leisure, which are also important values."
From discounted tickets at movie theater chains to free admission to royal palaces, there is a variety of benefits offered on this day.
To find out more, you can visit culture-dot-go-dot-kr.
"The government says more cultural institutions will be joining the initiative to expand the variety of free and discounted events for future Culture Days, every last Wednesday of the month.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News."
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