UNESCO has named the annual Dano Festival of Gangneung a masterpiece of humanity's oral and intangible heritage.
An 18-member panel newly picked 43 cultural events out of 64 candidates, including the Dano Festival, to the masterpiece list at a meeting at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from Monday to Thursday, according to the Korean representative to the UN cultural body.
The Dano Festival runs from the third to the fifth lunar month in Gangwon Province. Experts point out that UNESCO overrode objections from China, which claims the Dano Festival originated there and should not be listed as a Korean asset.
The organization has named 90 masterpieces of humanity's oral and intangible heritage since 2001 in a bid to preserve cultural diversity and traditional assets of countries. Korea has had two others -- Jongmyo Jerye (royal ancestral ritual) and its music of Chosun Dynasty, and one-man narrative opera Pansori.