U.S. Embassy Celebrates “Grand Re-opening of the American Center Korea”

On Friday, September 18, 2015 from 1:00 -3:00 p.m., the U.S. Embassy in Seoul will celebrate the “Grand Re-opening of the American Center Korea” at the American Center Korea (ACK), located in Yongsan-gu, Namyeoung-dong, Seoul.

The U.S. Embassy’s American Center Korea was selected in 2014 for the Smithsonian Institution’s Model American Space Project, a remodeling project supervised by the U.S. Department of State. Through a variety of extensive internal and external remodeling, the ACK has been transformed into a diverse digital learning space for the next generation.

With its move from a more traditional, print-based library to a digitally supported, stimulating resource center and program venue, the ACK will become the most innovative venue for learning about America, its culture, history, people, and policies.  

Leveraging both the rich history of American arts and music and recent technological trends such as 3-D printing, the ACK’s renovation includes the creation of an outdoor program plaza for performances and the MAGIC room, a place where MAGIC (Meeting and Greeting, Innovating and Creating) can take place.

Since 1948, the American Center Library has been as a hub for research and learning in the Republic of Korea.  The ACK will continue this important role, while also offering a variety of dynamic educational programs to provide Korean audiences with new and innovative ways to experience America and its rich culture.  The ACK will continue to organize regular programs, including American Cinema Evenings, Embassy Youth Forums, English Club, Book Club, Career Development Series, and Maker Spaces.  

The ACK is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and is open to all.  We ask those who are interested in attending ACK programs to please contact us by e-mail at AmericanCenterKorea@state.gov or by phone at 02-397-4649.

All press inquiries regarding the Grand Re-opening Ceremony should be directed to Dr. Kim Su Nam (U.S. Embassy) at AmericanCenterKorea@state.gov; or please call 02-397-4614.

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