Just a week ago, Seoul became a buzzing hub for
cultural heritage experts at the international symposium entitled 'The Royal
Placenta Chambers of Joseon as World Heritage Site.' The prestigious Seoul
Baekje Museum opened its doors on October 27 to host a symposium that cast a
global spotlight on the incredible historical significance of the Joseon
Dynasty's placenta chambers.
These chambers are part of a sacred tradition
where the placenta and umbilical cords from royal births were enshrined -
symbolizing life and the continuity of the royal lineage. Their potential
recognition as a World Heritage Site is not just about preserving structures,
but safeguarding the rich intangible heritage and profound philosophical ideals
Among the esteemed guests, the director of
IICAS, Dmitry Voyakin, stood out with his compelling keynote speech. His
report, 'Central Asian Countries' World Heritage Initiatives: Strengthening
Heritage Management Capacity,' highlighted the synergies with projects like
CAAL, emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts in heritage
management. Moreover, Dr. Voyakin's presentation delved into Central Asian
traditions associated with the placenta and umbilical cord, as well as various
ritual practices known through archaeological research.
The symposium flowed with enriching opening
remarks and congratulatory messages, leading up to six thought-provoking
presentations. Each speaker brought a unique shard of wisdom to the mosaic of
discussions about heritage conservation.
Guided by the wise hand of Professor of Konkuk
University Choi Jae-heon, the chair and the creative muse of the Symposium, the
discourse that followed was not just a dialogue but a commitment to heritage
stewardship. His leadership served as a beacon for the collective endeavor to
elevate the significance of the Royal Placenta Chambers on the world stage.
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