Arts & Culture

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Dong-A University Museum Gains Popularity

BUSAN, South Korea -- The number of visitors continues to increase every year at Dong-A University Museum. The museum moved from Gudeok Campus to Bumin Campus in May 2009. The number of visitors almost doubled over those at Gudeok Campus. 21,799 people visited the museum in 2009, 26,256 in 2010, 34,813 in 2011 and 43,701 in 2012.   

A large collection of artifacts including national treasures and cultural assets, easy accessibility, convenient facilities, and various experience programs are attracting more visitors to the museum.

Dong-A University Museum houses a collection of about 30,000 valuable academic artifacts, including 2 national treasures, 11 treasures, 20 Busan City tangible cultural assets and more.

The museum first opened on Gudeok Campus in November 1959, and then reopened at the (former) government building of the provisional capital located on Bumin Campus.

Enjoy Korean Cultural Programs at the Culture Experience Center

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Culture Experience Center located in Busan Museum (Daeyeon-dong, Nam-gu) provides various Korean cultural experience programs?print rubbing, wearing traditional wedding and court costumes, and the traditional Korean tea ceremony?for tourists and Busan citizens alike. Materials for print rubbing need to be purchased from the souvenir shop in the museum beforehand. 

The first two programs will be offered from 10 am to 4 pm daily, and the tea ceremony will take place three times a day at 10:30 am / 1:30 pm / 3 pm.  Busan Museum and the Culture Experience Center are closed Mondays.

Prior reservations are required for all programs.  Call the Culture Experience Center at (051) 610-7156.    Online registration for the tea ceremony is available at (currently only in Korean).

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Busan City to Establish Lee Ufan Gallery Annex to the Busan Museum of Art

BUSAN, South Korea -- Lee Ufan Gallery will be established in the Busan Museum of Art.  Lee Ufan (born 1936 in Haman-gun, South Korea) is the renowned Korean minimalist painter, sculptor, and academic. He says that Busan, where he went to high school during the Korean War, is his second home. 

Busan City Mayor Hur Nam-sik and Lee Ufan signed an overall cooperation agreement to establish the Lee Ufan Gallery as an annex to the Busan Museum of Art on July 15 at Busan City Hall.  Busan City will complete the gallery by the end of 2014 and open it to the public in the first half of 2015. The gallery will exhibit about 15 art works donated by Lee Ufan.

A City official said, The opening of the Lee Ufan Gallery will provide an opportunity for Busan residents and visitors to see his world-renowned art works. We expect it will improve Busan's status in the international community.   

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