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S. Korea creates web-drama, short films to showcase cultural heritage
Updated: 2021-01-07 10:05:07 KST
The private education academies of the Joseon Dynasty, known as Seowons, have become the backdrop for a new web-drama.
The fantasy comic drama '300 Year-Old, Class of 2020', is about three Joseon Dynasty students who travel through time to the present day.
It was produced by the Cultural Heritage Administration to showcase the Seowons, nine of which were added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 2019.
This is one of several video projects created by cultural institutions to allow people to enjoy Korea's heritage amid the pandemic.

"Videos on cultural heritage during COVID-19 could not only fill the desire to go on a trip but also could be an important factor in helping travelers decide where to go after the pandemic."

The Cultural Heritage Administration has also made a 20-minute movie 'Cheopjong - Protect Joseon' to let viewers discover the life of Seoul's palace guards.

"The annual Cheopjong, or palace guard inspection ceremony is usually held at the Heungnyemun Gate at Gyeongbokgung Palace, but this year, due to the pandemic, a short film has been released instead."

"Cheopjong originally refers to a big bell which was used when the king wanted to assemble and inspect the palace guards. Through this film, people can see the royal guards' traditional costumes, dynamic actions and the weapons of the early Joseon Dynasty."

The actors said the film could also make viewers intrigued to find out more about Korea's other heritage sites.

"While researching for the role, I realized there are many important cultural heritage sites in South Korea. I felt curious and wanted to learn more about them."

Both videos can be seen on the Cultural Heritage Administration's YouTube channel, and subtitles in other languages will be provided soon.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.
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