Korean Cultural Treasures Shown on YouTube

      July 05, 2010 09:38

      Korea's cultural heritage is now being shared with the world through YouTube. The Cultural Heritage Administration signed a copyright agreement with Google Korea to broadcast images and video clips of cultural treasures on YouTube and Google Map's Street View service.

      The cultural agency's YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/koreanheritage) launched on Thursday and currently offers video clips with English subtitles of the nightscape of Seoul's Gyeongbok Palace, and Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Shilla Kingdom. More clips will be added soon, lasting from three to seven minutes.

      On Google Map's Street View, users will be able to take virtual tours of cultural heritage sites through 360-degree panoramic images.

      A screen grab of the Cultural Heritage Administration's new YouTube channel /Courtesy of www.youtube.com/user/koreanheritage

      In August the CHA will open its own Heritage Channel (www.heritagechannel.tv) with even more video clips. These will also be shared on the YouTube channel so that a wider audience can view scenes such as excavation sites and other important works. Some clips will be sourced from the video archive of intangible cultural assets made by the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage over the last decade.

      Yi Kun-moo, the chief of the CHA, said, "This will serve as an opportunity for Google users worldwide to learn more about Korea's cultural heritage."

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