Gyeonggi Province will allocate 19.63 billion won ($17.5m USD) to transform Namhansanseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, into a major tourist attraction by 2022.
Koreabizwire reports that the province will hold an annual “cultural festival” at the Namhansanseong Fortress starting in October next year, which will include trekking, a traditional dress experience and food sampling.
For three days in June 2020, the site will hold a festival to commemorate the listing of the fortress as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Events will include a marathon race, a re-enactment of the royal procession, and a symposium, among others.
The province will also build a museum near the fortress. It will sit on an area of 28,582 square meters and be two stories high.
The museum will include exhibits and an experience hall featuring augmented reality and virtual reality.
Moreover, an installation of lights enhancing the night view of the fortress will be adopted to facilitate night tours to the facilities.
A government official overlooking the Namhansanseong Fortress said that over 3.2 million people visit the fortress yearly.
“We will create new content so that the fortress can become a world-class tourist attraction, promoting the value and reputation of Namhansanseong all over,” said the official.
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