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* Date : 2019-12-28
On November 26th, 2018, ssireum was jointly inscribed by North and South Korea on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
It was UNESCO’s first joint inscription case and the first joint listing by North and South Korea. Ssireum went beyond the barriers of national division and earned recognition as global cultural heritage.
What is the reason behind ssireum’s joint inscription although the sport grew apart in two Koreas in the course of 70 plus years of national division? To answer the question, we first turn to the origin of ssireum.
From a wall painting from the Goguryeo period, which is the oldest record on ssireum, to a painting on the wall of a Buddhist temple with over 1,500 years of history, part 1 of Ssireum, Beyond Division and Connecting the World explores the history and culture of ssireum, which is closely related to Korean cultural identity, and its meaning.