Museums & Libraries
1. How often do you go to museums or galleries?
박물관이나 미술관을 얼마나 자주 찾나요?
2.Do you often go to public libraries?
공공 박물관에 얼마나 자주 가나요?
3. What kind of benefits do museums provide people with?
박물관이 사람들에게 주는 이점은 무엇인가요?
4. What’s the future of libraries?
도서관의 미래는 어떤가요?
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often do you go to museums or galleries?
I go fairly often because I’m keen on learning about history and other cultures. Ideally, I’d make time to go when there weren’t many other museum-goers, I mean I’d prefer to go outside peak times... but these days I’m busy with work so I end up going when it’s really crowded. I think it’s a good rainy day activity, but I also go when it’s really hot in summer or extremely chilly in winter. But basically, I try and go to museums on a regular basis.
you often go to public libraries?
These days, not so much. I used to go very often when I was a student because the quiet, academic atmosphere was conducive to working, but nowadays I don’t have any reason to go. I mean, I mainly read books that you can get very cheaply in bookstores – novels, novellas, short stories, stuff like that. That said, if I needed to read a textbook, I’d pay a visit to a public library, because textbooks are very expensive to buy. But all in all, I don’t go often.
kind of benefits do museums provide people with?
Oh, I’d say there are plenty of benefits. One is that they allow us to learn about other cultures and history in a stimulating way – I mean, instead of just reading a textbook we can see objects in real life. Another advantage is that by housing collections of historical artefacts and relics, museums can help to preserve our heritage, which is important for understanding ourselves and creating a sense of belonging between people who share our heritage. So there are various pros to museums.
the future of libraries?
Hmm... that’s a tough one... all in all I’d say the future looks bleak. I mean, not many people use libraries anymore because book piracy is so common – you can easily download books for free online. If libraries want to attract more visitors, they’ll need to have something special about them, they’ll need to be pleasant places to read and relax. But funding is being withdrawn because of the economic crisis so it looks unlikely that libraries will have the necessary finances for renovation. So basically I reckon that libraries might gradually shut down in future years.
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