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Special Festival Recreates Major Intangible Korean Cultural Assets in Seoul

Special Festival Recreates Major Intangible Korean Cultural Assets in Seoul

SEOUL, Aug. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — A special festival in central Seoul will showcase the essence of some internationally recognized traditional Korean performing arts, the culture ministry said Friday. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with the Korean Traditional Performing Arts Foundation, will host the festival, whose title translates as “Great Inheritance [...]

Red Light District Turned Cultural Village Passes 1st Round of UNESCO Certification

Red Light District Turned Cultural Village Passes 1st Round of UNESCO Certification

JEONJU, Aug. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Seonmi Village, once Jeonju’s largest red light district, is turning into a village of art and culture, passing the first round of UNESCO certification. Jeonju City in North Jeolla Province announced on Thursday that the Seonosong Art Village Project had been selected by the Korean National Commission for UNESCO [...]

Localization Sets UNESCO-listed Korean Neo-Confucian Academies Apart from Chinese Originals

Localization Sets UNESCO-listed Korean Neo-Confucian Academies Apart from Chinese Originals

SEOUL, Jul. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Succeeding in a second attempt to make it on the UNESCO World Heritage List, a group of nine historic South Korean new-Confucian institutes were inscribed on the list last week, proving their value as distinctive from those in China, the country of neo-Confucianism’s origin. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee confirmed [...]

9 Korean Confucian Academies Recommended for UNESCO World Heritage List

9 Korean Confucian Academies Recommended for UNESCO World Heritage List

SEOUL, May 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Nine South Korean Confucian academies have been recommended for addition to the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) said Tuesday. According to CHA, UNESCO’s International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), an advisory group to UNESCO, suggested nine “Seowon,” or Korean neo-Confucian academies, be listed. The [...]

Gyeonggi Gov’t to Push for Listing of DMZ as UNESCO World Heritage

Gyeonggi Gov’t to Push for Listing of DMZ as UNESCO World Heritage

SUWON, Feb. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean border province will push to apply for the inclusion of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the list of the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage, officials said Sunday. The government of Gyeonggi Province, which borders with North Korea, said it plans to present an application for [...]

S. Korea Pushes for World Heritage Listing of Southwestern Tidal Flats Again

S. Korea Pushes for World Heritage Listing of Southwestern Tidal Flats Again

SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea has recommended again tidal flats on the country’s southwestern coast as a candidate for UNESCO’s World Heritage listing in 2020, the Cultural Heritage Administration said Friday. It is the second time Seoul has nominated the 1,000-square-meter site consisting of the tidal flats in Seocheon in South Chungcheong [...]

Two Koreas Jointly List Traditional Wrestling as UNESCO Heritage

Two Koreas Jointly List Traditional Wrestling as UNESCO Heritage

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — “Ssireum,” traditional Korean wrestling dating to the Three Kingdoms period (A.D. 220–280), was inscribed Monday as an intangible cultural asset by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) said. The decision was made during the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible [...]

Korean Traditional Wrestling Likely to be Listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Asset

Korean Traditional Wrestling Likely to be Listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Asset

SEOUL, Oct. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Ssireum, a traditional Korean form of wrestling dating from the Three Kingdoms period (A.D. 220–280), is expected to be inscribed as an intangible cultural asset by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, the Cultural Heritage Administration said Monday. Among the 40 applicants, an assessment panel under the committee recommended the inscription [...]

Seoul to Push for UNESCO Registration of “Candlelight Vigils”

Seoul to Push for UNESCO Registration of “Candlelight Vigils”

SEOUL, Jul. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will be pushing for the registration of “candlelight vigils” in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme, an international initiative to protect the documentary heritage of humanity. The historical and cultural asset division of the SMG has commissioned experts to carry out initial research to [...]