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3 national museums in Seoul to open year-round from October

All Headlines 12:09 September 05, 2016

SEJONG, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- Three national museums in Seoul will open their doors year-round starting on Oct. 1, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Friday.

The extended openings aim to enhance people's rights to enjoy culture and provide foreign tourists with more opportunity to visit the museums, the ministry said in a release.

The plan will affect three facilities -- the National Museum of Korea, the National Folk Museum of Korea and the Seoul branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA). At present, the museum are closed once a week on Monday or Tuesday.

The passage of an extra government budget plan allowed 1.5 billion won (US$1.3 million) to be allocated for operating the museums all year round.

The ministry plans to add six more museums to the year-round opening system. They are the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History; the National Hangeul Museum; and the MMCA's Deoksu Palace branch, all in central Seoul, and one national museum each in Gyeongju, Gwangju and Jeonju.

This undated file photo shows the view of the Seoul branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art near Gyeongbok Palace in central Seoul. (Yonhap)

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