The National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage

c002The Department of Cultural Promotion, Ministry of Culture, responsible for undertaking cultural research, conservation, promotion, dissemination, restoration, and development, particularly with regard to folk culture, has laid down policies, strategies, and measures and organized various projects and activities to fulfill its mission. Since 2005, much work has been carried out on Intangible Cultural Heritage and its safeguarding. Community participation is focused in the identification and inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage, data collection, organization and management, and hands-on experience in preparing field work. In 2010, the inventory-making of Intangible Cultural Heritage at the provincial level in 4 domains namely Performing Arts, Traditional Craftsmanship, Folk Literature and Folk Games and Sports were taken on as a pilot project. 

The establishment of an inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage is determined to be a major task of the Department of Cultural Promotion to ensure adequate safeguarding. It must be best carried out as primary sources and community participation for the sake of cultural pride.  Safeguarding our own Intangible Cultural Heritage both at the local and national levels can make an essential contribution to knowledge, understanding, appreciation and acceptance of cultural diversity and peaceful co-existence.