Koreans, Japanese Join Hands to List Peace Mission with UNESCO

      January 29, 2016 12:37

      Korean and Japanese civic groups have joined hands in submitting hundreds of documents to UNESCO about historic Korean peace missions to Japan. They want them included on the UNESCO World Heritage List next year.

      The Chosun Tongsinsa, as they are called in Korean, were a series of diplomatic goodwill missions that the Korean court sent to Japan starting in the 14th century.

      The Busan Cultural Foundation and a Japanese civic organization said Thursday they have chosen 333 documents to submit for inclusion on the list.

      The documents are the records of 12 missions to Japan from 1607 to 1811. The Korean side is submitting 124 documents and the Japanese 209.

      The two groups plan to submit the documents in March.

      UNESCO will decide on whether to include the documents in July 2017.

      Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo said, "The joint submission of the records will be a great opportunity to show the world the spirit and tradition of peace and friendly relations between the two countries."

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