By Min Yea-Ji and Lee Jihae
The National Palace Museum of Korea in Seoul on Feb. 4 opened the Digital Library for Cultural Heritage, which presents national cultural heritage using cutting-edge digital technology.
The Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) announced that the library, located on the museum’s first floor within the café space, utilizes virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to offer visitors more hands-on experience in and information on Korean cultural heritage.
The first of the library’s three sections is the Interactive Media Wall, which shows five digital clips using the latest technology to show Changdeokgung Palace, Buddhist temples and Soswaewon, a private garden from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Visitors can see three-dimensional images of these cultural sites.
The second section is the Multi-sided Video Experience Zone, which presents depictions of the past, present and future of the palace. And the third section highlights Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, the Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites, and the Seokguram Grotto using VR and AR.
The library also has about 1,000 books on cultural heritage, ranging from those for academia to children’s history books as well as the latest novels. Visitors can also look up information using the internet, making the library a nice place to read and relax.
The CHA said, “We hope that children and teenagers can get more hands-on experience in and communicate about cultural heritage and deeply acknowledge and spread their value.”
“We will continue through government innovation the steady advancement of cultural heritage technology to keep up with the pace of the development of information technology related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”