National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul.

South Korea Introduces Plan for 16 Percent Increase in Arts Infrastructure

On Monday, South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism announced a five-year plan to increase public access to its arts and artifacts by building 140 additional museums and forty-six galleries by 2023, reports the Korea Herald. The planned growth will bring the number of museums and galleries in the country to 1,013 and 297, respectively, and represents a 16 percent increase in arts infrastructure.

The government plans to facilitate its initiative with tax deductions on museum admission fees, effective July 1, and subsidized construction costs. It will also increase engagement and improve accessibility to collections by developing new museum websites, digital archives, apps, and virtual and augmented reality technologies, and will scale up its conservation system; it is currently only used at state-run institutions but will soon be expanded to the regional level.

“The government’s policy efforts will be focused on making museums and art museums more friendly and useful cultural facilities for the people,” a ministry official told Yonhap News Agency