Toji Cultural Center

Introduction

The Toji Cultural Foundation manages the Toji Cultural Center, which was designed and built to achieve the Foundation’s goals and objectives. The Center is located at Hoechon village, Maeji-ri, Heungeop-myeon, in the suburbs of Wonju-si, Gangwon Province, Korea. This site was first owned by Pak Kyongni until she transformed the land into a residential place for young artists, writers, and scholars with her earnings from the royalties on her books. In her later years, Pak continued to live and work on the farm within the premises, cultivating crops and preparing food for the residents at the Center. The Center, a total area of 9,920 square meters and a floor space of 2,700 square meters, comprises a four-story building with a view of the surrounding mountain scenery.


Mission

1. The Center plans and organizes cultural and educational activities.

The Center hosts regular lectures, seminars, and symposiums about Korean literary culture. There are also programs for citizens and students on the topic of the environment as well as activities and discussions to address current youth culture. The Centre supports long-term projects and has an interest in comparative cultural studies, as well.


2. The Center promotes international cultural exchange.

The Center organizes special lectures by international writers, artists, and scholars, and hosts international academic conferences. It promotes the exchange of ideas through joint activities that study new trends in global culture. It also provides an opportunity for individuals of different nationalities to interact with other writers through its residency program.


3. The Center fosters and nurtures creative activities and scholarly research.

The Center provides not only physical but also cultural spaces that are conducive to writing, artistic creation, and research. It tries to find talented writers and artists and exceptional scholars in Korea and foreign countries and support them, so that they can formulate more clear ideas and visions for fruitful cross-fertilization of culture.


4. The Center constructs and supports a broad cultural community.

The Center, as a community for writers, artists, and scholars, manages an extensive database of cultural materials for reference. It aims to serve not only these professionals but also the general public by means of both print and online publication. Internet connection is provided to encourage meaningful discussions by artists and scholars outside the center.


5. The Center awards the annual Pak Kyongni Prize for World Writers.

The Center has recently established the Pak Kyongni Prize for World Writers to commemorate the life and achievements of its late founder. This award is given annually to an international writer who has made distinct and exceptional contributions to the field of literature. Each winner is selected by the Pak Kyongni Prize Committee and presented with the award at a ceremony conducted at the Center.



Facilities

1. Conference Facilities

The Center features a state-of-the-art audiovisual system, an auditorium for presentations and discussions, a large conference room with a capacity for 70 people that is equipped with simultaneous translation facilities, and three seminar rooms for small-group discussions.


2. Residential Facilities

The Center provides residential facilities for writers, artists, and scholars to live and work, as well as a total of 26 rooms for seminar participants. Each room is equipped with a bathroom with shower, a bed, a writing desk, a refrigerator, an electric heater, and an electric kettle.


3. Additional Facilities

The Center also includes a library, exhibition room, a common room, a laundry room, a museum, a dining hall, and an outdoor theater with a beautiful forest as a backdrop.
Exhibition room contains articles and photos of Pak Kyongni, and manuscripts in her own handwriting



Residential Spaces

Residential studios, separate so that writers may focus exclusively on their ideas and writing, with 11 rooms in GwiraeHouse (1 room is 33 square meters) and six rooms in MaejisaHouse (1 room is 36 square meters)


Maejisa House


Gwirae House




Getting to Toji Cultural Center


Upon arriving at Incheon Airport, take the Airport Limousine Bus to Wonju Inter-City Bus Terminal. Then cross the road to take the Bus No. 34 that ends at Hoechon village. Alternatively, you can take a taxi at the Wonju Inter-City Bus Terminal to Toji Cultural Center.

If you are driving, take the Young-Dong Expressway and follow the Chungju exit at South-Wonju IC. Then take National Highway 19 towards Chung-Ju and turn left at approximately 2 km after Yonsei University, Wonju Campus. Follow this road until you reach Toji Cultural Center on the left.




The Toji Cultural Foundation, Toji Cultural Center


Maejihoechongil 79,Wonju-si, Gangwon-do, Korea.(26494)
Tel 82-33- 766-5544, 762-1382
Fax 82-33- 766-5545
E-mail: tojicul@chol.com/ tojicul@gmail.com





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