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Another type of cultural recognition got underway over the weekend in Tumen City of Northeast Jilin province.
That's where a museum featuring ethnic Korean intangible culture heritages opened its door to visitors. It was a significant step on the way toward better protection for their ethnic traditions, but they also managed to show folks a good time.
In the 2000 square meter museum, 51 intangible culture heritages such as dance, music, folk-customs and folk arts are exhibited. An interactive zone is also set up for visitors to learn how to perform the traditional Korean drum dance and hat dance.
Wearing their traditional outfits, ethnic Korean straw-plating artists are demonstrating their skill in front of the audience. To them, passing on this traditional handicraft is of utter importance.
Traditional Korean style wedding ritual is reproduced with statues. Pictures and videos recording ethnic Korean people's daily life are playing on the big screen. Among all the exhibits, the most eye-catching is the Hanbok, or the traditional Korean style garments. With the help from museum tour guides, excited ladies are permitted to try on these beautiful dresses.
By showcasing the essence of ethnic Korean life and culture, the museum is aiming at the future. Identifying these intangible heritages is by no means the same as protection or promotion, but at least it marks a path to begin that journey.