Thursday, February 14, 2008

[The Chosun Ilbo, February 14 2008] Louvre Starts Korean Guides

The world’s most famous museum on Tuesday formally started a guide service in Korean. Until recently, foreign visitors to the Louvre in Paris had been able to use paid audio-guides only in six languages -- English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese. The Louvre added Korean when it introduced a state-of-the-art guide service using PDAs.

With the help of rental PDAs, Korean visitors can get help understanding some 600 of the most famous pieces in the museum's collection, including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. The daily rental for a PDA is six euros (about W8,400). Koreans account for about 1 percent or about 80,000 of the museum’s 8.3 million annual visitors.

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