The Cultural Heritage Administration said today, Ssireum, or Korean traditional wrestling, has been designated as an intangible cultural asset as no. 131.
The time-honored sport involves two people grabbing one another’s belt and trying to knock each other to the ground by using strength and skill.
There still remain many historical records regarding Ssireum that highlight the meaning of this ancient sport, which are keys to better understand other traditional sports.
In March, the administration submitted an application to list the sport as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.
The final decision will be made in 2018.