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Seoul City Wall Should Be A Part of UNESCO Cultural Heritage, Urges Korea

By January 29, 2016 at 4:00 am
UNESCO World National Heritage Jeju - 'Manjanggul Cave' (Photo : Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

South Korea is taking effort to include Seoul City Wall, along with other cultural assets, on the UNESCO list of cultural heritage this year.

The country not only fights from the inclusion of the historical wall, it also seeks to include the Korean traditional wrestling, the Confucian academies of Korea and the haenyeo, known the female divers of Jejudo resort island, Korea Herald reports.

During a press conference held on Tuesday, the local Cultural Heritage Administration detailed their plan to submit the application of their cultural riches this year.

Nine Confucian academies of Korea, also known as seowon, was already included in the UNESCO tentative list in 2011. CHA also made efforts to include haenyeo on the 2014 UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, but is still under decision. The final decision will be announced this November.

We will continue to discover more cultural and intangible heritage in order to enhance our global standing and promote our cultural heritage," said CHA head, Na Sun-hwa.

CHA also plans to add more cultural assets like the records of royal seals and documents, the 1907 Debt Repayment Movement, and the lacquer craft chiljang, to the UNESCO Memory of the World list. The 1907 historical event was initiated to Joseon-era Korea's debt to Japan by individual donations, during the influence of imperial reign that captured Korea after three years.

To take further advantage of the increasing popularity of public programs currently held in historical cities, CHA plans to offer more tours and programs for local and foreign tourists.

Specifically, Seoul's Joseon-era will have more frequent and varied programs for visitors so they can appreciate the historical place more. Also, the Changdeokgung Palace Moonlight Tour will be done for 120 days instead of 40 days.

The Gyeongbokgung Palace's kitchen building of Sojubang, which became popular due to the TV series "Jewel in the Palace," will open its doors to the public from April to October and will run food-related activities. 

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