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LTI Korea History

LTI Korea’s public mission is to enrich our shared global culture through spreading Korean literary and cultural works abroad.
LTI Korea is a government-affiliated organization which aims to disseminate Korean culture and literature throughout the world in line with the government’s efforts to shape Korean literature in the world culture.
  • 2016~2020

    2020.07
    Attained “Excellent” rating from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism regarding cultural IT standards
    2019.04
    Dispatch of personnel to overseas Korean cultural center
    2018.08
    10th anniversary of Korean Literature Now
    2018.03
    Appointment of Kim Sa-in as 7th president of LTI Korea
    2017
    Launch of Korean Diaspora Literature Promotion Program
    2017
    Launch of Two-way Translation and Publication Program
    2016.08
    LTI Korea’s foundation ordinance brought under the Literature Promotion Act, Article 13
    2016.06
    Designated as a model case for public agency management
    (for translation and publishing support) by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
  • 2011~2015

    2015.02
    Appointment of Kim Seong-kon as 6th president of LTI Korea
    2015.01
    Established Digital Library of Korean Literature
    2014.10
    Began Overseas Translation Workshops
    (with overseas universities running Korean studies programs)
    2013.09
    Held public debate on promoting Korean literature, culture,
    and art through translation
    2013.06
    Designated as a model case for public agency management(Grade A) by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
    2013.01
    Received cultural diplomacy medal from the Czech Republic government(Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in recognition of contribution to Korea-Czech relations
    2012.12
    Awarded by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism
    (model case in accounting transparency)
    2012.02
    Appointment of Kim Seong-kon as 5th president of LTI Korea
  • 2006~2010

    2010.06
    Amendment of foundational law
    (Promotion of Publishing Culture Industry Act, Section 2 of Article 2)
    2009.01
    Appointment of Kim Ju-yeon as 4th president of LTI Korea
    2008.08
    Began publishing list_Books from Korea, a foreign-language periodical introducing Korean literature (now Korean Literature Now)
    2008.05
    Established the Translation Academy towards nurturing the next generation of professional translators of Korean literature
    (Special and Regular Programs)
    2007.10
    Established LTI Korea library
    2007.07
    Held an LTI Korea Debate on the theme of “Free Trade Agreements and the Export Strategies of Korean Books”
    2006.11
    Held an LTI Korea Debate on translating Korean culture and arts
    (“Korean Culture and Arts Translation: Towards a Better Change”)
    2006.07
    Held an LTI Korea Debate on “The Realities and Prospects of the Globalization of Korean Literature
    2006.05
    Held Seoul Young Writers’ Festival
    (precursor to Seoul International Writers’ Festival)
    2006.04
    Appointment of Yun Ji-gwan as 3rd president of LTI Korea
    2006.03
    Moved to Samseong-dong in Gangnam-gu, Seoul
  • 2001~2005

    2005.10
    Held literary events in connection with Korea’s nomination as Frankfurt International Book Fair Guest of Honor (110 Korean writers participating, beginning of the 100 Korean Books Project)
    2005.09
    Became incorporated
    (Culture and Arts Promotion Act, Article 38)
    2004.08
    Petitioned for the legal enactment of LTI Korea and expansion of activities (signed by 177 literary figures)
    2003.07
    Began short training programs for new translators
    (precursor to the Translation Academy)
    2003.04
    Appointment of Jin Hyoung-jun as 2nd LTI Korea president
    2002.12
    Launch of LTI Korea Translation Award for Aspiring Translators
    2001.12
    Launch of LTI Korea Translation Award
    2001.03
    Appointment of Park Hwan-duk as 1st president of LTI Korea
    2001.03
    Launch of LTI Korea
    (Consolidation of the Korean Literature Translation Fund and the Korea Arts & Culture Service overseas translation project)
  • 1996~2000(Korean Literature Translation Fund)

    2000.04
    Appointment of Kim Yong-jik as 3rd chairperson of Korean Literature Translation Fund
    1999.05
    Appointment of Kim Jong-Gil as 2nd chairperson of Korean Literature Translation Fund
    1999.03
    Study on promoting Korean literature overseas
    1998.12
    Published biliography of Korean literature in translation
    1996.07
    Launch of Overseas Korean Literature Promotion Program
    (precursor to Translation & Publication Grants Program)
    1996.05
    Appointment of Moon Sang Deuk as 1st chairperson of Korean Literature Translation Fund
    1996.05
    Launch of Korean Literature Translation Fund (precursor to LTI Korea)