November 09, 2003 14:43
Korea's Pansori was chosen as one of the 28 intangible world heritage treasures on Friday by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Pansori is a unique form of opera-like Korean traditional music driven by the energy of a single storyteller accompanied by a percussionist. UNESCO's efforts to preserve invaluable works of traditional cultures began in 2001 as the organization named 19 cultural assets from 19 countries as oral and intangible traditional cultures that are in danger of extinction.
Among them were Korea's Jongmyo Jerye, a ritual service for imperial ancestors in the Chosun Dynasty, and its music. This year marked UNESCO's second screening of this preservation effort. Some 70 cultural assets were submitted from around the world and after a three-day evaluation of 58 finalists earlier in the week, UNESCO recognized 28 cultural treasures.
Industry experts said with UNESCO's acclaim for Pansori as an official world heritage the country's unique music genre has received a hallmark as a renowned cultural asset both at home and overseas.
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