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Incheon to house national museum on world alphabets

SEOUL, July 16 (Yonhap) — Incheon was chosen as the site of a national museum of world alphabets set to open in 2020, the government said Thursday.

The government plans to use 95 billion won (US$82.7 million) to build the museum with a total floor space of 20,000 square meters.

The Songdo International Business District in Incheon, a port city just west of Seoul and home to the country’s main airport, won in a competition with two other finalists, the administrative city of Sejong and Yeoju, Gyeonggi Province, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Songdo received the highest marks in a number of categories, including feasibility, accessibility, size of potential market and possibility of development, the ministry said.

The government plans to make it into a multicultural space with exhibition halls, an international conference room, educational and research facilities, and a cultural performance hall.

The museum, if constructed, will serve as a hub of exchanges between the Korean alphabet, Hangeul, and characters of other countries in the world, and an important base for the development of relevant industries, a ministry official said. “It will also create fresh demand for tourism.”

   sshim@yna.co.kr

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