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South Korea is planning a budget to build a network of artists and cultural experts around Asia who will promote Korean culture in their home countries, officials said Thursday.
South Korea's top cultural heritage policymaker will visit the Dokdo islets, officials said Friday.
As Seoul becomes increasingly vibrant on the cultural front, the government has come up with a series of plans to strengthen its cultural infrastructure. A huge performing arts complex dedicated to classical music and costing over 40 billion won will open on Nodulsom, an island in the Han River, by late 2007.
The world's fourth China cultural centre opened in South Korea Tuesday to promote cultural exchanges between the two countries.
The Korea Culture and Contents Agency, a sub-organisation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, believes that the potential of the entertainment industry is so huge that it looks set to become a key industry of the next generation.
The destruction of ancient cultural heritage in war-ridden countries such as Iraq or Afghanistan is well documented. South Korea, however, is also facing such problems, with experts warning that decades of near-obsession with economic development have meant little protection for the country's irreplaceable relics.