The New York Korea Center Breaks Ground

Officials at the June 28 groundbreaking ceremony for the New York Korea Center on East 32nd Street. (Photo via The Korea Times)

The New York Korea Center, which will serve as a hub of Hanryu (or Korean wave, which refers to the spread of Korean culture around the world; also called Hallyu), entered the construction phase with a groundbreaking ceremony June 28.

The Korean government purchased the site in March 2009, near Koreatown on 32nd Street in Manhattan.

Korean Culture and Information Service, which is overseen by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, held the ceremony at the site of the future New York Korea Center at 22-126 East 32nd St.

More than 130 people, including Korean government officials Kim Tae-hoon, head of Korean Culture and Information Service, Hyo-Sung Park, consul general of the Republic of Korea in New York, and Seung Je Oh, director of the Korean Cultural Center New York, attended the event.

Construction on the New York Korea Center (…) is scheduled to be completed by June 2020 and will be carried out by the KSK Construction Group, an American company.

The Center will provide a space for performances, exhibitions and educational activities for Koreans and others living in New York and New Jersey.

The building will have seven floors and 3,212 square meters in space (around 34,574 square feet). The Center will include a 176-seat performance hall, exhibition room, library and lecture hall, and house the Korean Cultural Center New York and the New York office of the Korea Tourism Organization.

Consul general Hyo-Sung Park said: “I hope the New York Korea Center will serve as a bridge for the Korean wave to broaden its reach across the world and be a place for Koreans and Americans to enjoy Korean culture.”

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