SOURCE: Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea

November 27, 2013 22:28 ET

Like The Louvre in Asia, the Interior of the 'Forest of Light,' Asian Culture Complex Unveiled for the First Time

GWANGJU, SOUTH KOREA--(Marketwired - Nov 27, 2013) - Asian Cultural Complex, scheduled for completion in 2014 unveiled its interior for the first time in 8 years of its construction.

This is the largest cultural complex being built in Korea that will be a key facility in the hub city of Asian culture in Gwangju ( Its construction that began in 2005 is scheduled to be completed by end of October 2014, and open in 2015.

Asian Cultural Complex (ACC), comprised of the Cultural Exchange Agency, Asian Arts Theatre, Cultural Promotion Agency, Asian Culture Information Agency and Agency of Culture for Children, will be made into a world-class cultural complex to serve as Asia's cultural window to the world and an area for exchanging cultures and arts.

The building will have four stories below ground with an urban park on the rooftop that has no fence around which enable visitors to get direct access from nearby roads. Despite being built underground, it does not feel like a basement thanks to a cylindrical light well that allows the building to be exposed to sunlight.

Especially, Asian Arts Theatre (2,000 seats) is being built in a variable form so that the stage pattern can be changed quite freely. And the 16m high multi-functional exhibition hall in the Cultural Promotion Agency has no pillars to enable the exhibition of large installation works.

ACC is being environmentally friendly in accordance with the theme proposed by a world-famous architect Mr. Woo Gyu Seung, which is 'the Forest of Light'. The 52 light wells installed on the ceilings of major buildings gather light to brighten up the interior during day times and draw in air for natural ventilation. There are also eco-friendly systems that utilize geothermal heat and solar heat. In addition, a 500m long bamboo park is created along the outer wall of the complex to allow visitors to take a rest.

Asian Culture Complex will go through pilot tests and exhibitions before opening up around July 2015, when the Gwangju Summer Universiade takes place. 

For more information about Asian Cultural Complex, please visit the website ( ).

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