KT&G (CEO Bokin Baek) will open a
multiplex cultural space called 'KT&G Sangsang Madang Busan' (literally
‘KT&G Imagination Garden’) in Seomyeon, Busan on September 4 in order to
strengthen support for the culture and arts and entrepreneurship ecosystem and
to expand opportunities for people to enjoy popular culture.
The opening of this space is the fruit
of around three years after signing an MOU with Busan City Hall in May 2017 to
create the 'KT&G Sangsang Madang'. KT&G has created 'Sangsang Madang
Busan', which will serve as a hub for local youth culture, art, entrepreneurship,
and hobbies, and Busan City has promised to provide administrative support so
that related projects can be promoted smoothly.
‘Sangsang Madang Busan' is KT&G's
fifth multiplex cultural space. With 13 stories above the ground and 5 stories
under the ground, it has a total floor area of about 20,000㎡, making it
the largest of the ‘Sangsang Madangs’ currently in operation. From the 1st
floor to the 5th floor, there are cafes, design stores, performance halls, and
galleries based on the theme of 'play’. On the 5th and 6th floors, there are
creative spaces for single-person media activists based on the concept of
‘co-work' and spaces to support young entrepreneurs. The 7th to 13th floors are
'refresh' spaces where visitors can enjoy culture and relaxation with
accommodation facilities, a CGV movie theater (to be opened in April, 2021),
and a rooftop garden.
KT&G Sangsang Madang has been
supporting the creative activities of emerging artists and providing a wide
range of cultural experiences to the public. Starting with'Sangsang Madang
Hongdae' in 2007, the Sangsang Madang muliplexes have been launched one after
another in Nonsan, Chuncheon, and Daechi, and it has grown into a cultural
mecca that currently attracts 1.8 million visitors per year and holds 3,000
cultural and artistic programs every year.
The CEO of KT&G, Bokin Baek, said
in a communiqué, "Sangsang Madang Busan will serve as a hub for supporting
artists in various fields and communicating with young people in Busan."
He added, "We will provide the public with opportunities to enjoy a wide
range of cultural activities and develop spaces that create a better art
(Photo 1) Exterior of KT&G
Sangsang Madang Busan building ①
(Photo 1) Exterior of KT&G Sangsang Madang Busan building ②