(11 Aug 2020) To mark the 25th anniversary of the Gugak Museum and the 70th anniversary of the NGC (National Gugak Center) next year, the NGC opened a public library that has accumulated collections on North Korean music covering up to 82,000 new artifacts.
The space called “Gonggan E-um,” meaning connecting space, opened to the public on Monday in the NGC’s museum. People who make reservations in advance can browse or copy up to 23,000 books, 54,000 audio or video recordings and 5,000 related files on the music of North Korea ranging from past to present. Due to intellectual property concerns, copying every file is not allowed. This is the first such state-run library to open its collections to the public on the theme of North Korean arts. Its North Korean collection is larger than the unification ministry’s, according to Lim Jae-won, director general of the NGC.
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