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Posted : 2014-05-13 16:21
Updated : 2014-05-13 17:11

Jazz vocalist Nah Youn-sun wins Sejong Culture Award

Nah Youn-sun

By Lee Kyung-min

Jazz vocalist Nah Youn-sun won the 33rd Sejong Culture Award for Art, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Monday.

The award recognizes five individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions in their field of expertise.

Nah won this year's award in recognition of her continuing effort to strengthen the image of Korea as a culturally rich nation.

She performs more than 100 times a year in European countries, mostly in France.
Her seventh album, "Same Girl," topped the French FNAC jazz chart for seven weeks, and remained a "steady seller" for 80 weeks.

It also won her the Golden Disc Award in France.

Nah was designated as Gangwon cultural ambassador, UNESCO Korea cultural ambassador on international Jazz Day and as a Pyeongchang Winter Olympics cultural ambassador.

In 1982, the award was established in commemoration of the creative spirit of Sejong the Great, the fourth king of the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) and the creator of the Korean alphabet Hangul.

This year's Sejong Culture Award ceremony will be held at the National Gugak Center in Umyeon-dang at 11 a.m. today.

Culture Minister Yoo Jin-ryong as well as the awardees and their families will be in attendance.

Along with Nah, four others won the Sejong Culture Award in different categories.

News anchors from KBS won the Korean Culture Award; Seoul National University Professor Emeritus Lee Ik-sop won the Scholarly Achievement Award; Qu Han, the CEO of Korea-China Culture Association won the International Cooperation and Volunteer Service Award; and EBS Space Gonggam won the Cultural Diversity Award.