UNESCO To List ‘Nongak’ aka Traditional Farmers Music on Heritage List
kpride, Oct. 30, 2014, 9:50 a.m.
Nongak or traditional farmers' music is set to be added to UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list. The Cultural Heritage Administration on Wednesday said nongak was recommended for the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the responsible UNESCO subcommittee. If included, it will be Korea's 17th entry on the list.
The final decision will be made by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from Nov. 24 to 28.
The committee rarely overturns a recommendation of this kind. North Korea's versions of the folk song "Arirang" has also been recommended for inclusion. The application covers the song as sung in Pyongyang, Jagang, Kangwon, North Hamgyong, South Pyongan and South Hwanghae provinces.
South Korea's versions of "Arirang" were included in the list in December 2012.
Other recommendations include the Japanese art of traditional paper-making or washi.