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S. Korea’s Lantern Lighting Fest Listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

S. Korea’s Lantern Lighting Fest Listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

SEOUL, Dec. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s lantern lighting festival, a springtime event held to celebrate Buddha’s birthday, has been officially inscribed as intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO, the government said Wednesday. The decision was made during the 15th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, [...]

Japan Negligent in Carrying Out UNESCO Recommendations on Wartime Forced Labor

Japan Negligent in Carrying Out UNESCO Recommendations on Wartime Forced Labor

SEOUL, Dec. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Japan remains negligent in carrying out UNESCO recommendations that the country offer correct accounts of wartime forced labor when describing the history of industrial sites recognized as World Heritage, an official said Friday. When the 23 Meiji-era industrial sites won the World Heritage recognition in 2015, Japan promised to [...]

S. Korea’s Lantern Lighting Fest Likely to be Listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

S. Korea’s Lantern Lighting Fest Likely to be Listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

SEOUL, Nov. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s lantern lighting festival, an event held to celebrate Buddha’s birthday, is expected to be inscribed as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, the government said Tuesday. The festival of lights, also called the Lotus Lantern Festival or “Yeon Deung Hoe” in Korean, was among the 25 successful [...]

Anti-bullying Campaign, Stop the B by Riddhi and Vasundhara Oswal, Launches Inaugural Challenge on UNESCO’s Anti-bullying Day with Celebrity Support

Anti-bullying Campaign, Stop the B by Riddhi and Vasundhara Oswal, Launches Inaugural Challenge on UNESCO’s Anti-bullying Day with Celebrity Support

GENEVA, Nov. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — After experiencing bullying and cyberbullying first-hand, and the traumatic experience of secondary victimization by her school, Riddhi chose to turn this experience into a force for good. Along with her sister, Vasundhara, they launched their anti-bullying campaign, Stop the B. The campaign has chosen not only to speak to [...]

S. Korea to Apply for UNESCO Listing of Democratization Records as Early as 2021

S. Korea to Apply for UNESCO Listing of Democratization Records as Early as 2021

SEOUL, April 20 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will officially apply for the UNESCO listing of historic records documenting the country’s symbolic public democratization movement in 1960 as early as the first half of 2021, according to the national heritage agency. Speaking at a national ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the April 19 pro-democracy [...]

S. Korea Applies for Local Mask Dance’s UNESCO Listing

S. Korea Applies for Local Mask Dance’s UNESCO Listing

SEOUL, April 2 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea has applied for the inscription of the country’s traditional mask dance drama “talchum” on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list, the heritage agency here has said. The Cultural Heritage Administration said the application for the inscription on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, filed by [...]

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 [...]