South Korea arts centres reopen, but visitors stay away

Arts centres in South Korea have reopened for the first time since June. However, a number of restrictions are in place in order to prevent further spikes in COVID-19 cases – and so far attendances have been low.

The National Museum of Korea reopened on 28 September, but only 200 people are allowed in its main hall every 30 minutes. Visitors have to book their spot in advance and wear personal protective equipment.

The National Folk Museum of Korea also reopened on Monday, while other venues – including state run galleries like the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – reopened today (29 September).

However, according to a report from the state-run Yonhap News Agency, many of the venues have not reached capacity, suggesting that people are afraid to return to potentially busy public spaces.

Meanwhile National Theater of Korea and the Seoul Arts Centre are both due to recommence performances from mid October.