Cheong Wa Dae, which is now open to the public, will be turned into a public landmark of culture and arts.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Bo Gyoon on July 21 reported this as part of the administration's new business plan titled "Living and Breathing Cheong Wa Dae" to President Yoon Suk Yeol.
The plan's five main agendas seek to build "a nation of world-class culture and charm along with the people."
"Living and Breathing Cheong Wa Dae," one of the five agendas, eyes the development of Cheong Wa Dae into a leading national symbol by combining it with culture, art, nature and history under the principle of preserving its original form.
The main office building will be used for exhibitions and the grand garden for performing arts such as gugak (traditional music) and classical and pop music on major occasions such as the anniversary of Cheong Wa Dae's opening to the public.
The former state guesthouse Yeongbingwan will host exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. In addition to a display of items from Cheong Wa Dae, the venue will feature leading works from both home and abroad such as collections of works owned by the late Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee (1942-2020).
Outdoor gardens such as Nokjiwon will be used for displaying sculptures. The briefing room on the second floor of Chunchugwan, the former media center, will be rented out to the private sector and host special exhibitions. The first event there slated for next month and September is themed on cultural arts for disabled people called "'A+ Festival."
Minister Park also reported plans to develop 10,000 people with promising talent over three years for the future of Korean content and to make Korean film an axis of economic growth. He also announced policies to guarantee fair opportunities to access culture and plans to develop regional cities as hubs of culture, tourism and sports befitting their individual characteristics.
After receiving in the morning reports on the ministry's works at the presidential office in Seoul's Yongsan-gu District, President Yoon asked Minister Park to plan so that the Cheong Wa Dae compound, including the main office building and Yeongbingwan, will become a public cultural complex.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Lee Jae-myoung told a briefing, "President Yoon emphasized to Minister Park that the Culture Ministry's most crucial role is to guarantee fair access to cultural lifestyles," adding, "(President Yoon) also asked for the exhibition of not only existing art but many outstanding works from both home and abroad to allow easy public appreciation of them."
The president also asked the ministry and its affiliates to prioritize works by new artists and those with disabilities when purchasing art and to secure venues for exhibitions and performances by such artists.
Minister Park replied by saying, "We will elaborately reconstruct Cheong Wa Dae, which has been returned to the people under President Yoon Suk Yeol's decision, as a leading brand of our country," adding, "We will do our best to turn it into a high-quality culture and arts landmark that people not only from our country but also from around the world want to visit."