Chinese Angered with Korean Plans to Claim ‘Kang’ Invention
Johnson Park, March 19, 2014, 4:28 p.m.
Some Chinese locals are completely angered with Korea’s latest move, where they plan to include traditional underfloor heating or ondol to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.
The Chinese are upset because they claim that this technology originated in China! They claim that ondol is similar to the Chinese technology of ‘kang,’ where they use electrical systems to warm the stone floor.
The proposal to include ondol on the UNESCO list continues to anger the Chinese because they claim that this is not the first time Korea has made such a move. The Chinese also claim that Korea stole the invention of: baduk – the board game, Go, Asian herbal medicine, and the Dano festival.
Korea celebrates Dano on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, and pray for a good harvest. China became outraged in 2005 when Seoul applied for the festival to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
China’s Ministry of Culture has responded to the patriotic Chinese that there are too many cultural asses for China to protect them all. China already has 40 items on the list while Korea only contains 10.
Korea also claims that their use of ondol is both safe and environmentally friendly, because they only use tree branches and charcoal to heat up the floor instead of fossil fuels and environmentally damaging products.