English III

Cultural Spaces


Enjoying and participating in a variety of cultural activities are important to modern life in Korea. Korean Cultural Spaces has been continuously expanded. Museums and art galleries, where one can enjoy historical relics and works of art, cover the country. Large numbers of government-sponsored cultural centers (neighborhood community arts and cultural

organizations or complexes), where one can enjoy, participate in, or support the performing arts, also cover the country. In addition, private or activist-run cultural spaces such as art galleries and theaters can be found across the country. Cultural events are concentrated more in Seoul and the capital region than the rest of the country. However, provinces other than the capital region

have also experienced a gradually increasing demand for cultural events.

Movie theaters are convenient and easily accessible cultural spaces. Numerous films are released every year, and the emergence of multiplex theaters has expanded the space available for leisure activities beyond screening films. Independent film (commonly known as

“indie lm”) movie theaters that maintain cultural diversity also are distributed nationwide. The public library is also a popular Cultural Spaces. Libraries recently have been transformed into complex cultural venues for local community education, performances, and cultural events as well as maintaining their traditional role for studying and book-lending.