Thai­land’s ‘khon’ masked dance is named by the United Na­tions as an ‘in­tan­gi­ble’ cul­tural as­set.

‘Khon’, Thai­land’s masked dance drama, has been in­scribed on Un­esco’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive list of hu­man­ity’s “in­tan­gi­ble” cul­tural her­itage – a de­ci­sion reached at the 13th ses­sion of the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Com­mit­tee for the Safe­guard­ing of In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural

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What is “in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage”?

Prac­tice, rep­re­sen­ta­tion, ex­pres­sion, knowl­edge, or skill, as well as in­stru­ments, ob­jects, arte­facts and cul­tural spa­ces that are con­sid­ered by Un­esco to be part of a place’s cul­tural her­itage.

Since 2008, 509 el­e­ments from 122 coun­tries have been listed as in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage by the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Un­esco) on:

1 A list of in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage in need of ur­gent safe­guard­ing

2 A rep­re­sen­ta­tive list of the in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage of hu­man­ity

3 A reg­is­ter of good safe­guard­ing prac­tices


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Thai­land’s Khon masked dance drama

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