Photo Credit: Cultural Heritage Administration.
Arirang has recently been inscribed on the UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the 7th session of the ‘Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage’ held in Paris, France on December 5th.
Arirang has been modified throughout history into various forms: for movies, as a cheering song for sports team, for performances, or for teaching at schools. Such transformations of Arirang into various forms is said to have been positively received in the examination process.
With the inscription of Arirang, Korea now holds 15 intangible cultural heritages of humanity in total including Pansori (Korean opera) and Ganggangsullae (traditional circle dance). The inscription of Arirang is expected to raise awareness of what the intangible cultural heritage of humanity is.
* What’s Arirang?
Quintessential Korean folk song carrying the spirit and culture of Korea. Arirang differs by region and among the regional variations Gangwon-do’s ‘Jeongseon Arirang’, Jeolla-do’s ‘Jindo Arirang’ and Gyeongsang-do’s ‘Milyang Arirang’ are the most popular ones. Each variation holds the characteristics of their respected region, while generally containing the sorrow and pathos of Arirang.
Courtesy of Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea