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Jeju’s ‘Haenyeo’ Female Divers to Receive Government Allowance

Jeju’s ‘Haenyeo’ Female Divers to Receive Government Allowance

JEJU, Aug. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Jeju Island’s aging traditional female divers known as ‘haenyeo’ are set to receive an allowance from the local government beginning in September. According to a new ordinance enacted by the Jeju provincial government last month, aging haenyeo divers, who are also recognized as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, will [...]

UNESCO Officials and Diplomats Watch ‘the Battleship Island’ in Paris

UNESCO Officials and Diplomats Watch ‘the Battleship Island’ in Paris

SEOUL, July 31 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korean film “The Battleship Island” held a prescreening for UNESCO officials and diplomats in Paris to increase the world’s awareness of the dark history of the Japanese island where hundreds of Koreans were forced to work as coal miners and sex slaves during World War II, its distributor [...]

Gov’t Retracts Application For Ancient Wall To Be Listed on UNESCO Heritage Site

Gov’t Retracts Application For Ancient Wall To Be Listed on UNESCO Heritage Site

SEOUL, March 21 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean government scraped a plan to put an ancient wall built in 1396 on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cultural Heritage Foundation (CHA) said Tuesday. The decision came after the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), an advisory group to UNESCO, ruled [...]

Cheongsong Geopark Highly Likely to Be Added to UNESCO List

Cheongsong Geopark Highly Likely to Be Added to UNESCO List

CHEONGSONG, South Korea, Dec. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – The UNESCO Global Geoparks Network has recommended that Cheongsong National Geopark in South Korea’s southeastern region be registered on its geoparks list, the Cheongsong municipality said Friday.  The recommendation to the municipal government in the country’s southeast province of North Gyeongsang raises the prospects that the mountainous [...]

‘Haenyeo’ Divers Likely to Become UNESCO Cultural Heritage

‘Haenyeo’ Divers Likely to Become UNESCO Cultural Heritage

SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Korea Bizwire) – The Cultural Heritage Administration said Monday that Haenyeo, women divers of Jeju Island, are likely to become a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. If the application is successful, Haenyeo will become Korea’s 19th cultural heritage recognized by UNESCO.  The Evaluation Body of UNESCO suggested the South Korean culture [...]

Jikji Korea Festival Highlights World’s Oldest Book Printed with Movable Metal Type

Jikji Korea Festival Highlights World’s Oldest Book Printed with Movable Metal Type

CHEONGJU, South Korea, Sept. 1 (Korea Bizwire) – The Jikji Korea Festival kicked off Thursday in Cheongju, some 130 kilometers south of Seoul, highlighting yet again the creative value of Jikji.  Jikji, which means “to point to the right direction”, was printed at Cheongju’s Heungdeok Temple in 1377 during Korea’s Goryeo Dynasty, predating by 78 years [...]

Seoul Mayor to Register Sex Slave Records with UNESCO

Seoul Mayor to Register Sex Slave Records with UNESCO

SEOUL, June 24 (Korea Bizwire) – The mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, announced that the city would take responsibility for registering sex slaves’ records with UNESCO’s ‘Memory of the World’ programme if the Korean government cancels its own plans due to budget cuts. UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme was initiated to protect the “documentary heritage of [...]