S. Korea to open cultural center in Turkey

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SEOUL (Yonhap) - South Korea will open a new cultural center in Ankara, Turkey, this week, the culture ministry here said Wednesday.
The culture center will open on Thursday in the center of the Turkish capital with a ceremony to be attended by about 200 dignitaries from both countries.
It will become South Korea's 21st cultural center worldwide and the seventh in Europe, joining centers in France, Britain, Germany, Russia, Poland and Spain, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said.
The seven-story cultural center will feature a hall for practicing taekwondo and a parking lot on the basement floor, a cafeteria, a multimedia room and an outdoor stage on the first, and a library on the second, according to the ministry.
The building also has a lecture hall, a seminar room, performance and exhibition halls and a room for listening to Korean pop music and dancing, the ministry said.
The Ankara center will offer K-pop music contests, screen Korean films, display Korean paintings and run a "buddy" program that arranges friendships between Korean students in Turkey and local residents, it said.
"We will make the center a place for cultural exchanges between the two nations rather than unilaterally introducing Korean culture," the ministry said in the release.