Five Korean cultural properties added to UNESCO World Heritage List

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) — Five Korean cultural properties, including the traditional group dance Gang-gang suweollae, have been approved by the United Nations as new entries on its international intangible heritage list, government officials said Wednesday.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added the five cultural assets — also including the traditional dances and rituals Namsadangnori, Jeju chilmeoridangyeonggut, Yeongsanjae and Cheoyongmu — to its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list during a committee meeting held in the United Arab Emirates.

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With the five new additions, South Korea has a total of eight assets on the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list of some 170 items from 76 different countries, according to the officials at the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea.
Ganggang suweollae, the No. 18 Korean intangible cultural heritage, is a traditional group dance performed on national holidays including the Korean harvest holiday, Chuseok.

Namsadangnori, the No. 3 Korean intangible cultural heritage dating back to the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), is a traditional satiric play performed by farmers and fishermen to make fun of Korean noblemen.

Yeongsanjae, the No. 50 Korean intangible cultural heritage, is a Buddhist ritual conducted to pray for the peace of a soul that did not believe in Buddha.

Jeju chilmeoridangyeonggut, the No. 71 Korean intangible cultural heritage, is a shamanist ritual performed by women divers in a village on Jeju Island.

Cheoyongmu, No. 39 Korean intangible cultural heritage, is a mask dance performed in palaces based on a traditional tale.

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