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Nanjung Ilgi*, Korea’s famous war diary, has been recently added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. The International Advisory Committee (IAC) of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register
made the decision during the 11th session of the IAC in Gwangju on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
UNESCO approved the addition for two main reasons: Nanjung Ilgi is without equal in world history as a commander's battlefield accounts; and it is of great historic significance as it provides a look into the East Asian powers during the Imjin War (1592-1598).
Korea now has 11 heritage items on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register including the Hunminjeongeum Manuscript and the Joseonwangjosillok of the Joseon Dynasty.
*Nanjung Ilgi: A war diary written by famous Korean naval hero Admiral Yi Sun-shin during the Japanese invasion of Korea, known as the Imjin War (1592-1598). It has been used as a material for many dramas, novels, and musicals. Nanjung Ilgi is Korea’s National Treasure No. 76.
Courtesy of the Cultural Heritage Administration