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What is a cultural property? And what is the difference between a tangible and intagible cultural property?

Cultural Properties are objects, sites or people that are designated by the Korean government as having some importance in Korean history. They are categorized as either “intangible” or “tangible.”
The objects or sites which hold special value in Korean culture, as well as the world’s culture, are designated as “tangible.” For example, Namdaemun, or the South Gate, in downtown Seoul is Tangible Cultural Property No. 1.

A skill or a person who possesses an important skill, either technical or artistic, is called “intangible.” There are over 100 categories of Intangible Cultural Assets.

The Korean government initiated the Intangible Cultural Properties system in 1962 to ensure the survival of important Korean traditions into the future. Those who are designated as intangible cultural properties by the government receive government support, and are obligated to both perform and transfer their skills or know-how to their pupils.

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