S Korea to promote traditional culture: president

16:26, October 19, 2009      

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Monday his government will put efforts on promoting the country's traditional culture in the global community, urging his people to pay more attention to culture.

"We are beginning to realize that we can take pride in our traditional culture and food," President Lee said in his biweekly radio address.

The president urged his people that South Koreans must present before the world that we not only have achieved a fast economic growth but also have cultivated an advanced culture.

"The first-class nation I dream of is not one that merely has high income, but one that is equally balanced in cultural and economic development," the president said.

"I think it is about time for us to take deeper interests in becoming 'people of culture' or 'a nation of culture,'" He added.

Urging his people to pay more attention to culture itself and the nation's traditional culture, the president also highlighted that culture in itself is an industry that can create jobs.

Meanwhile, President Lee pointed out that the nation was socially divided in terms of access to cultural experiences, vowing to tackle the problem.

"I plan to significantly expand our people's right to enjoy culture. I will significantly reduce the imbalance of access to cultural events between different regions and classes of people," he said.

Source: Xinhua
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