Minister underlines folk storytelling at King Epic Palace opening


Minister of Culture Ts.Oyungerel underlined the importance of traditional story telling at the launch ceremony of King Epic Palace, which took place in Bogdkhaan Palace Museum on Thursday.
“King Epic Palace will help to preserve the traditions and promote folklores. The opening of this palace is a big contribution to the implementation of the government action plan on the development of Mongolian epics’ Arts,” said Minister Ts.Oyungerel, during the opening.
“I asked from storytellers what I need to do to establish an epics palace, during a meeting in provinces. They said, ‘We need a Mongolian ger. From an ancient time, traditional storytellers told stories in gers. An apartment doesn’t suit storytelling.’ The blueprint was made a year ago. Bogdkhaan Palace Museum took responsible for musical instruments.”
The opening event of the palace was co-organized by the Department of Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Center for Cultural Heritage and administration of Bogdkhaan Palace Museum.
The officials said that more than 50 million MNT was spent on King Epic Palace’s decorations and to purchase musical instruments.
Minister Ts.Oyungerel, head of the Department of Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ts.Tsendsuren, director of the Center for Cultural Heritage G.Enkhbat, and traditional storytellers, throat singers and administrators of art organizations took part in the event.
State morinkhuur player Ts.Tserendorj recited a traditional blessing poem at the opening ceremony and played morinkhuur.
“Preparation work to establish King Epic Palace started a year ago. Folk storytellers and tsuur (Mongolian traditional instrumental) players have prepared for six years… Mongolian epics is a tradition of tale telling about protecting the mother earth, the ways of living in harmony with nature, patriotism, families and nation’s historic pride, and of better upbringing of the younger generations,” said Minister Ts.Oyungerel.
Officials noted that audio and video records and manuscripts related to Mongolian epics will be collected at the palace.


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