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Record budget planned for cultural heritage body

All Headlines 11:15 September 03, 2019

SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea plans to spend more than 1 trillion won (US$823.38 million) in the cultural heritage sector next year, the heritage administration said Tuesday.

According to the government's budget bill for 2020, 1.06 trillion won has been set aside for the Cultural Heritage Administration.

If passed, the figure would be a new record for the heritage body, and is an 18.1-percent hike from 90 million won for this year.

Of the total, 360.1 billion won will be used in repairing and maintaining cultural assets, including the royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

A notable increase is the 17.7-billion won budget for the development of digital contents that enable people to indirectly experience cultural heritage via digital technology.

The administration also plans to spend 7.7 billion won to develop cultural projects making use of the country's 14 UNESCO heritage assets, including "seowon," or neo-Confucian academies, listed as World Heritage last year.

As part of the government's efforts to improve the sluggish economy, 4.9 billion won will be used in campaigns to visit cultural heritage sites.

Others include 4.7 billion won for a royal culture festival, 1.6 billion won for a Changdeok Palace night tour program and 1.18 billion won for designing a history and culture center for the ancient Gaya Kingdom (43-532).

This image of the Gaya Kingdom tombs in Haman, South Gyeongsang Province, was provided by a task force for their listing as World Heritage. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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