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The Legal Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Republic of Korea

  • Jung-eun Park
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Abstract

Starting from the first introduction of a legal framework for heritage protection in South Korea with the enactment of the Cultural Heritage Protection Act in 1962, the contribution provides a glance about the statutory organizations for the safeguarding of the intangible heritage by describing the relationship between the country and UNESCO and, internally, the functions of the Cultural Heritage Administration for the identification and support of the ICH at the national level, which reflects the efforts of autonomous cities and provincial governments to identify the ICH of local interest, in both cases with particular attention to the role played by the key practitioners in its transmission. The launch of a new regulatory system in 2015 expanded the previous categories of ICH in line with the wider definition of it offered by the 2003 Convention and reorganized the system of support for the safeguarding and transmission of the designated elements. In the end, the author illustrates the case study related to the inscription of “Arirang” on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jung-eun Park
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  1. 1.2011 Subsidiary Body of the 2003 ConventionParisFrance

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