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Two Koreas jointly list traditional wrestling as UNESCO heritage

All Headlines 16:57 November 26, 2018

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- "Ssireum," traditional Korean wrestling dating to the Three Kingdoms period (A.D. 220–280), was inscribed Monday as an intangible cultural asset by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) said.

The decision was made during the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, currently taking place in Port Louis, Mauritius.

This is the first joint inscription by South and North Korea of an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO. The sport's English spelling is ssireum in the South and "ssirum" in the North.

The two had submitted their own applications, but the committee decided to merge the two bids.

The decision has been expected since Oct. 29, when an assessment panel under the committee recommended 29 items, including ssireum, for listing.

This file photo shows the traditional Korean sport of "ssireum." (Yonhap)


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