The Preservation and Restoration of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Republic of Korea
Cultural Heritage Administration
Key objectives of the measure:

Establishment of a cultural heritages preservation system in ODA partner countries and support for the local community’s capacity building 

▪The project is to preserve and restore cultural heritages in developing countries and provide technological assistance to them to that end.  

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
legislative, financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

▪Under Article 17 (Facilitating, etc. Cooperation for International Exchange of Cultural Heritage) of the Cultural Heritage Protection Act, the Republic of Korea has reached cultural agreements with Myanmar, Mongolia, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Laos and Cambodia. The Cultural Heritage Administration started the project to assist the underdeveloped countries in preserving their cultural heritages in 2007 as a measure to expand international exchanges of cultural heritages. 
▪Main features of the project are as follows. First, the Cultural Heritage Administration implements, jointly with the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, the project to preserve world cultural heritages of ODA partner countries. In particular, the Administration provides a package of services to inscribe the cultural heritages on the lists of UNESCO World Heritage, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and Memory of the World as well as to preserve them. In addition, the project provides the educational programs to assist the countries with few inscribed heritages in enlisting them on the UNESCO heritage lists or consulting service to discover potential heritages.  
▪Second, the project contributes to establishing a cultural heritage preservation system in the ODA partner countries. It assists the partner countries in documenting the intangible cultural heritages and video-recording them.  

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

▪The project assists the partner countries in preserving the endangered cultural heritages. In collaboration with the international organizations, it contributes to sustainable development of the ODA recipient countries. Such endeavors enhance the international profile of Korea in connection with the cultural heritage preservation. 

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

International cooperation on cultural heritages (including the project to establish an intangible cultural heritage preservation system and support the local community’s capacity building): 2,118,174 dollar (as of 2016)

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)