As part of the MOU signed in 2012, ICCROM in collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) of Korea is launching a new programme to discuss different themes related to conservation and management of heritage focusing on Asia. The first activity will be a Forum on Asian Buddhist Heritage: Conserving the Sacred to be held in Seoul, Korea form 4-6 December 2013.
Buddhist heritage constitutes one of the most widespread heritage groups in the Asian region. The nature of this heritage varies from archaeological sites to living temples, including large collections of objects and numerous associated traditions, practices and festivals. Some of these continue to function after many centuries as places of spiritual significance and pilgrimage to various societies. They are indeed great sources of knowledge, an integral part of life for many and they mirror Asian culture and civilization.
The forum will explore the ways in which this heritage is being characterized, issues related to conservation and management and processes to promote the engagement of all stakeholders.