UNESCO Inscriptions on its Intangible Heritage Lists for Asia-Pacific


Paris, 17 December—During this year’s session (14 to 19 December, online), the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage inscribed three elements on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, and twenty-nine elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

This year saw the highest number of multi-country nominations, with fourteen inscriptions, many from the Asia-Pacific region, testifying to the ability of ICH to bring people together and promote international cooperation.

Additions to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in the Asia-Pacific Region:

Republic of KoreaYeondeunghoe, Lantern Lighting Festival in the Republic of Korea.

SingaporeHawker culture in Singapore, Community Dining and Culinary Practices in a Multicultural Urban Context.

AzerbaijanNar Bayrami, Traditional Pomegranate Festivity and Culture.

Azerbaijan, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Turkey, UzbekistanArt of Miniature.


China, MalaysiaOng Chun/Wangchuan/Wangkang Ceremony, Rituals, and Related Practices for Maintaining the Sustainable Connection Between Man and the Ocean.

Indonesia, MalaysiaPantun.

JapanTraditional Skills, Techniques and Knowledge for the Conservation and Transmission of Wooden Architecture in Japan.

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, TurkeyTraditional Intelligence and Strategy Game: Togyzqumalaq, Toguz Korgool, Mangala/Göçürme.

The Representative List seeks to enhance visibility for the traditional practices and know-how of communities. It now numbers 492 elements.

Abbreviated article based on https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-assembles-peoples-around-transnational-traditions-couscous-one-32-new-inscriptions-its?fbclid=IwAR13NTNi4EGgPHbCRYZ2CKiz0oTVCFqH7oc5BJ5pT35JXpqPCdKjM5uRq1U