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Korea to push for Arirang’s inclusion on UNESCO Intangible Heritage list

Last week, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Choung Byoung-gug (left) said that the Korean government will make efforts to collect all forms of Arirang, a traditional folk song, to collectively add them to UNESCO’s intangible world heritage list next year.

At a press conference on June 23, Minister Choung said Arirang is truly Korea’s national folk song, mentioning a variety of Arirang song variations from different parts of the country.

His remark came in the wake of China’s move to register a version of Arirang as the intangible heritage of ethnic Koreans in Yanbian Province.  Chung said that the Chinese move to list the version of Arirang song in Yanbian showed how strongly the region still connects with Korean culture.

According to the ministry, the Korean government has been working to collect and record of the many different variations of Arirang UNESCO’s intangible world heritage registration since 2008.

By Yoon Sojung Staff Writer


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