<4Angles> Bearers of Intangible Cultural Heritage and moreAnti-Graft Law Changes Social Trends
On September 28, 2016, a new chapter was written in the history of the Republic of Korea. The Improper Solicitation and Graft Act, known as the Kim Young-ran Act, banning corruption and bribery took effect. Aimed at eradicating corruption and creating a transparent society, the law has had a big ripple effect in Korean society since its implementation.
The most noteworthy change has occurred in the dining sector. The new law bans public servants from being treated meals worth over 25 dollars to anyone related to their official duties. Since the law took effect, some restaurants have even introduced the so-called "Young-ran course meal", costing around 21 dollars - below the threshold 25-dollar mark.
Public officials and office workers have reduced the use of corporate credit cards since the implementation of the anti-graft law, and more and more Koreans these days split the bill when dining out together. The finance sector, for its part, has introduced mobile bank apps for splitting restaurant bills. The anti-graft law has also changed people's lifestyles. People try to avoid eating out without a reason and spend more time with their families or enjoy their hobbies after work.
4Angles takes a look at how the anti-graft law has changed Korean society in just one month since its implementation, and what new consumption trends and lifestyles have appeared in the nation. Meeting the Bearers of Intangible Cultural Heritage
On November 11, the 2016 Grand Exhibition of Korean Intangible Cultural Heritages kicked off for a three-day run. It was dedicated to the works of Korea's great masters and people who have learned their skills. The great artisans personally demonstrated their impressive traditional craft skills, which they have honed over many years. Efforts and attempts to ensure the sustainable development of intangible cultural heritage continue.
Those who have acquired the skills of great masters work hard to produce practical products combining traditions and modernity to bring traditional culture closer to the public. The National Intangible Heritage Center operates a special program to support the creative activities of people who have acquired the skills of renowned masters.
4Angles meets with the modern-day artisans, who strive to preserve the traditional crafts of great masters, and discusses ways to promote Korea's intangible cultural assets.
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