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8. Traditional Music_Samulnori  Samulnori is a Korean percussion ensemble that originated from Nongak or farmers’ folk music. Nongak was developed to raise morale or excitement during group work or for traditional holidays. Samulnori uses only four major percussion instruments, including Kkwaenggwari, Jing, Janggu, and Buk. Since its premier in 1978, Samulnori has gained widespread acclaim and popularity both in Korea and around the world.
9. Historical Figure_King Sejong the Great  King Sejong(1397-1450) was the fourth king of Joseon (1392~1910). He is the most respected historical figure in Korea. While most countries in East Asia took China’s influence for granted, King Sejong was committed to developing Joseon’s unique culture, traditions, and technologies. Such commitment led to the invention of Hangeul in 1443. Ultimately, it enabled ordinary Korean people to express their ideas and thoughts in writing.
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3. Traditional Martial Arts_Taekwondo  Taekwondo is Korea’s traditional martial art and sport. It is a global and Olympic sport that has gained worldwide popularity. As of March 2014, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has 206 member nations. Taekwondo is a kind of martial art that only uses hands and feet and no other weapons. It is characterized by a variety of powerful kicks. Taekwondo emphasizes the discipline of both body and mind, as well as respect for others.
1. Documentary Heritage_Jikji  Jikji is the world’s oldest existing book printed with movable metal type. It was printed at a Buddhist temple in 1377 during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). It was during this period, around 1200, when the first movable metal type printing technique in the world was invented. Besides Jikji, Korea has many other items of documentary heritages, including Mugujeonggwang Daedaranigyeong, which is the world’s oldest surviving book printed with woodblocks.
4. Traditional Martial Arts_Ssireum  Ssireum is Korea’s traditional folk game and national sport. Two wrestlers hold on to each other’s Satba, which is a band tied around the waist and thigh. The goal is to take the opponent down to the ground using strength and grappling techniques.
2. Documentary Heritage_Annals of the Joseon Dynasty  The Annals of the Joseon Dynasty is a chronicle of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) that covers the reigns of 25 kings during 472 years of its history in 1,893 volumes of 888 books. They include extensive descriptions of various aspects of politics and society during the period, including occurrences of natural disasters. The annals deserve to be called an encyclopedia of the Joseon Dynasty.
Soul of Asia Seoul : Discover Historical Sites in Seoul  The South Korean capital of Seoul has a long history that dates back to ancient times. It was the capital of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C. – A.D. 660) and the Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910) for around 500 years respectively. To this day, many relics and ruins remain throughout the city. This Map of Seoul Historical Sites is designed to introduce you to the major historical sites in Seoul.
Unified Korea will share the dream of world’s positive changes and prosperity by overcoming the tragedy as a divided nation. Now, a reunified Korea sows three kinds of seeds to create a forest of hope in our global village: the seeds of growth for the countries that need breakthroughs in development, the seeds of peace for the countries that are suffering from civil wars, and the seeds of giving for the countries that can share.
Korea’s image in the world is tainted by separation and ongoing tension. However, Korea has been divided for only 70 years of its 5,000 years of history. Our ancestors’ spirits as well as their cultural heritages built with hopes of positive change and prosperity are within Korea. Now, succeeding the spirits of the ancestors, we are doing our best to overcome the division of the country and to achieve our dream of positive changes and prosperity of the 21st century world.

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