National Intangible Cultural Property No. 131 Ssireum +
||Intangible Cultural Property / Traditional Play and Martial Arts / Play
Ssireum (Korean Wrestling) is a traditional Korean folk sport in which two wrestlers, each holding the other’s satba (belt), strive to beat their opponent by bringing his body to the ground. Based on the Korean people’s unique community culture, various forms of the sport have handed down until today.
As a representative folk game of Korea, the historicity of ssireum has been clearly identified through diverse relics, documents, and paintings ranging from the ancient Three Kingdoms period to the modern era. In addition, the composition of the match and the techniques of ssireum express the uniqueness of Korean wrestling.