Guests at the opening ceremony of the Korean Culture Center in Paris on Wednesday take a look around the “Tekkal: Colors of Korea” exhibit organized by the National Folk Museum of Korea. Above, Jean-Daniel Tordjman, right, chairman of the France-Korea Ambassadors Club and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Yang-woo, left, look at a display inside the exhibit. [MINISTRY OF CULTURE, SPORTS AND TOURISM]PARIS, France — On days with heavy rain, this semi-basement building would frequently have a leaky roof, which meant that those inside would have to bring out buckets and place them underneath dripping rainwater coming from the ceiling. That’s not all. In the summer, the space gets stiflingly hot, and during the winter it is extremely cold and dry, and like anyone who has ever lived in a semi-basement, the people residing there hoped to get out as soon as possible. This may seem like a description of a scene from the hit film “Parasite,” which became the first Korean film to win the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in France, but it’s actually the space used for nearly 40 years by the Korean Culture Center in Paris. Before it celebrates its… Read full this story
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