Artists from Vietnam and the Republic of Korea brought to the stage Chau Van (spiritual singing) and Saenam Gut performances, their own national intangible cultural heritages, in the northern province of Nam Dinh on December 18.

Chau Van, also known as Hat Van and Hat Bong, originated from the Red River Delta and Nam Dinh province. It is a religious form of art which combines singing and dancing that is often performed in ritual to honour the Mother Goddess and Saint Tran (Tran Hung Dao).

Meanwhile, Saenam Gut is part of God worshipping rites in the RoK.

Both of them are meant to pray for good luck, health and prosperity.

The annual exchange is to spread further Vietnamese and Korean cultures to each side.

Nam Dinh plans to submit to the UNESCO a dossier on Chau Van next March, seeking its recognition as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.-VNA