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The NLK opens an immersive space called the Knowledge Path to the public on March 15
The National Library of Korea (Chief Executive Suh Hye Ran) is set to open an immersive space known as the Knowledge Path on March 14 and start receiving visitors on the following day.
Photo 1. The Knowledge Path (Source: The National Library of Korea)
The Knowledge Path consists of two sections: the Writer’s Notebook and the Smart Lounge. The Interactive Library that opened in 2021 is themed on old books and documents, so the Knowledge Path is focused more on modern and contemporary books.
The Writer’s Notebook section combines modern Korean literature with digital technology to recreate the setting of a literary piece chosen by a visitor. It uses interactive technologies to allow visitors to experience the book in an immersive manner. The section showcases four timeless literary works beloved by South Koreans, including The Rain Shower by Hwang Sun-won and A Night of Counting Stars by Yoon Dong-ju.
The Smart Lounge section provides a personalized book recommendation service in which a list of suggested books is offered based on information that visitors submit about their favorite season, color, and areas of interest. The view projected on the wide screen changes according to visitors’ choices and provides another fun element that should not be missed.
The Interactive Library, which has become a highly popular spot within the library, will be upgraded to the Interactive Library 2.0 with added content. The new version offers digitized versions of both Jasaneobo by Jeong Yak-jeon (the first Korean encyclopedia of fish, published in the late Joseon era), and Chungungganghakdo, a painting of the ceremonial ritual for the Crown Prince’s initiation of studies at the Seonggyungwan. It also uses the Yeojido map as a basis to provide interactive maps that allow comparisons of ancient Korea with the situation today.
The opening ceremony for the Knowledge Path will be held on March 14 with strict pandemic measures in place. It will be attended by about 30 participants from the culture and arts sector and from the library community.
Both the Knowledge Path and the Interactive Library are part of a program by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism ((Minister Hwang Hee) to support the creation of immersive content at public cultural organizations. With sponsorship from this program, the library has integrated digital technologies with library collections to provide novel experiences to library users.
“We will tap into our materials to develop specialized immersive content and services so that cultural and arts content can be more easily accessible to citizens,” said Chief Executive Suh Hye Ran of the National Library of Korea.
The Knowledge Path and the Interactive Library 2.0 will be open to the public on March 15. Visiting the former requires reservations made on the library’s website (www.nl.go.kr). For more information, please visit the library’s website.
Photo 2. A promotional poster for the Knowledge Path (Source: The National Library of Korea)
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