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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 [...]

S. Korea, UNESCO to Support Vocational Education in 5 African Countries

S. Korea, UNESCO to Support Vocational Education in 5 African Countries

SEJONG, Dec. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea and the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held a ceremony on Monday to mark their implementation of a project to support technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in five Africancountries, the Ministry of Education said. The five-year project, known as Better Education for Africa’s Rise II (BEAR II), which started in 2017, supports the five countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania and Uganda – in improving [...]

S. Korea Picked to Establish UNESCO Documentary Heritage Center

S. Korea Picked to Establish UNESCO Documentary Heritage Center

SEOUL, Nov. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea said Tuesday it has been selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to establish an institute for its documentary heritage register. The International Center for Documentary Heritage (ICDH) will be built in Cheongju, 137 kilometers south of Seoul. The proposal was approved unilaterally [...]

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 [...]