Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
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|Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism,
Republic of Korea
|Munhwa Cheyuk Gwangwang-bu|
|Formed||February 29, 2008|
|Jurisdiction||Government of South Korea|
|Headquarters||Gwacheon, South Korea|
|Agency executive||Yoo Jin-ryong, Minister|
|Official English Site |
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South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) is a central government agency responsible for the areas of tourism, culture, art, religion, and sports. It has two vice ministers, three assistant ministers, one commission, and over 60 divisions. The total staff numbers approximately 2,200 people.
Subsidiary entities such as the National Museum, the National Theater, and the National Library are under the Ministry.
The main goals of the MCST are:
- To educate Korean people to be cultured and creative citizens
- To create a society in which leisure and work are in harmony
- To create a dynamic nation in which various local cultures are represented
- To enhance public awareness of the national agenda (e.g. green growth) through public relations activities
- To improve quality of life for citizens by supporting cultural events and activities, sports, tourism, and religious activities
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism was originally a suborganization of the Ministry of Education created in 1948. Later, the Ministry of Transportation set up a tourism department. The Ministry of Information was set up in 1961 for administration of art and cultural affairs. The Ministry of Culture and Information became the Ministry of Culture in 1990.
In 1993, the Ministry of Culture was integrated with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to become the Ministry of Culture and Sports. In 1998, as part of government reorganization efforts, the Ministry of Culture and Sports was replaced by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Korean Culture and Information Service 
The Korean Culture and Information Service is a department of the MCST that aims to bring Korean culture closer to the rest of the world while improving the national image of Korea. It is also responsible for setting up more than 20 Korean Cultural Centers around the world.
- ROK Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism website: History of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
- ROK Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism website: Minister profile
- "Greetings from the Director". Korean Culture and Information Service. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
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