BTS’s Jungkook, who performed a legendary traditional mask dance performance of “Idol” at the 2018 Melon Music Awards, made headlines for its amazing combination of traditional dance and modern EDM sounds.
In response to this, the National Intangible Heritage in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, used this clip at their special mask dance exhibition titled In High Spirit Away From Sorrows.
— shem🦋 (@jkshem) January 4, 2020
This exhibition focuses on the traditional Korean mask dance and will display relics, video contents and records related to the masks. The main screen of the exhibition will play Jungkook’s mask dance performance from the 2018 MMA.
The government also plans to submit an application to UNESCO after the exhibition is over for the listing of the World Intangible Heritage site.
 #Jungkook's solo at MMA 2018 was shown at the exhibition for UNESCO!
Korean National CH Department submit to UNESCO to recognize Talchum mask as an intangible cultural heritage, result in 2022. Stage of Jungkook has helped foreigners know about mask and spread this dance pic.twitter.com/uyAbYzFNWq
— LOVE❤️JK BTS (@OurLove_JK97) January 2, 2020
The Korean culture of the mask and mask dance has attracted interest not only in Korea but also around the world. Jungkook’s performance has sparked this interest globally and has made a huge impact for the Korean economy.
His parents would be so proud. That’s a great honor. His mask dance included in UNESCO for the cultural heritage. That’s a huge deal. #JUNGKOOK is a legend . Haters can cry harder 😏. pic.twitter.com/tGH7fdISGt
— Love yourself (@Loveyou71916457) January 1, 2020
BTS is known for using many cultural references in their music, showing their pride and love for their country.
Watch the full 2018 MMA performance below!