Traditional Korean farmers' band music 'Nongak' likely to make UNESCO World Heritage List

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : October 30, 2014, 16:37 | Updated : October 30, 2014, 16:37


"Nongak," traditional Korean farmers' band music, is most likely to be added to UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list, the government said Wednesday.

Members of an UNESCO subsidiary body have unanimously categorized "Nongak," an application submitted by South Korea, as recommended for "inscription," the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) said.

A final decision is expected to be made during a meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage to be held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris from Nov. 24-28, CHA officials said.

To date, a total 16 South Korean items have made the UNESCO World Heritage List. They include "Kimchi," "Jongmyo Jerye (ancestral royal rites for kings of the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910)"; "Jongmyo Jerye-ak (ancestral royal ritual music)"; "Pansori (percussion instrumental performance)"; and "Gangneung Dano-je," a traditional festival indigenous to Gangneung on the country's East Coast.
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