Korea is on the move to open up and assimilate its heritage.
It plans to open a museum for its literature by December 2023 in Seoul’s northwest district with a budget of 60 billion won($53.6 million).
“The need to build a proper museum for Korean literature has always been there, but it has not been realized for a long time,” said Yeom Mu-ung, a literary critic who was named head of the institution in a press conference. He added, “The National Museum of Korean Literature should reflect on the history of colonisation, division, war, industrialisation and democratisation.”
Korean literature is partly written in a script called Hanja, which is similar to old Chinese, except it was modified by Koreans to create a their own version of it. It was only in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century that the new Korean script, called Hangul, evolved.
To find out more read about the Korean museum of literature, read this article in The Korea Herald.
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