Intangible Cultural Heritage

Nothing prepared you for the sight that greeted you when you entered the room containing the Korean crafts at Tent London. As you were wandering past the various stalls in the main part of the exhibition displaying contemporary crafts from around the world on your way to the “Constancy and Change” room, you might have […]

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Kimjang gets a UNESCO listing

by Philip Gowman 11 December 2013
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Kimjang, the making and sharing of kimchi in the Republic of Korea, was admitted to the UNESCO register of intangible cultural heritage on 5 December 2013. Note that, like the listing of Arirang, this pan-Korean cultural item has been registered by South Korea. Links: Kimjang page at UNESCO Update 13 December: The South China Morning […]

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“Arirang” looks to be safeguarded at UNESCO for (South) Korea

by Philip Gowman 11 November 2012
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After last year’s scare that China was laying claim to Arirang, Korea’s most famous folk-song, it looks like UNESCO will soon be listing it as part of Korea’s intangible heritage (source: Korea Times / Cultural Heritage Administration). But the song, which is loved throughout the peninsula and in Korean communities elsewhere, is to be registered […]

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Taekkyeon gets UNESCO listing

by Philip Gowman 28 November 2011
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Taekkyeon beats Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu to UNESCO intangible cultural heritage listing. http://t.co/KkyDZ6tC. Tightrope walking (jultagi) and ramie weaving (mosi) also listed.

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The genealogy of gayageum sanjo

by Philip Gowman 13 December 2010
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Interesting article on the genealogy of kayageum sanjo in an interview with Yang Seung-hee, holder of Korea’s intangible cultural property #23. Yang is striving to pass down the legacy of Kim Chang-jo, who is considered the father of modern sanjo. http://bit.ly/gqrO5k # Intangible Cultural Heritage: 23 Gayageum Sanjo and Byeongchang (가야금 산조 | 병창)

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2010 Travel Diary #17: The Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation

by Philip Gowman 19 June 2010
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Tuesday 4 May 2010. As part of my trip to Korea, I wanted to understand more about the way in which Korea goes about preserving its ancient culture and presents it for modern audiences. Is it possible to market traditional culture to foreigners as a theme for tourism? How is it possible to market traditional […]

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Presenting intangible cultural heritage in Bucheon

by Philip Gowman 7 June 2010
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Monday 3 May 2010. Bucheon, a city of around 850,000 people in Gyeonggi-do just 40 minutes’ drive West from Seoul, is home of the Bucheon World Intangible Cultural Heritage Expo (BICHE), an annual event which showcases some of Korea’s finest performance arts and crafts alongside those of a dozen or so invited countries. The first […]

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2010 Travel Diary #8: The Jongmyo Rituals Part 2

by Philip Gowman 4 June 2010
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Sunday 2 May 2010. As we file out from the shrine after the first ceremony of the day, we mingle with the butlers who are off to have a quick breather and cigarette before the next ceremony. Already the queues are forming to get into the main shrine for the headline event at 1pm. No […]

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2010 Travel Diary #7: The Jongmyo Rituals, part 1

by Philip Gowman 2 June 2010
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Sunday 2 May 2010. I found it really quite hard to find accessible information online in respect of the Jongmyo rituals. Often, on the UNESCO site, there is documentation which sets out why the submitting country thinks that this particular intangible cultural property is worthy of inscription on the international list. But no such information […]

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Korean heritage at UNESCO

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2009
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Korea is rightly proud of some of its heritage, much of which has been given official recognition by UNESCO. For those of you who like lists, here are the various items of Korea’s tangible and intangible heritage which have been so listed. Also included below are links to any LKL articles on these treasures. (1) […]

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