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The three core concepts guiding Taiwan's cultural heritage preservation efforts are:
  • Conservation and preservation
  • Operation and management
  • Revitalization and reuse

The Bureau aims to promote the sustainable preservation of Taiwan's cultural assets by combining the joint efforts of the central government, local governments and civic groups in order to carry out more systematic preservation. When it comes to the preservation of monuments, historic buildings, settlements and cultural landscapes, the Bureau of Cultural Heritage is responsible for:

  • Promoting the designation (registration) of national, municipal, and county (city) monuments, historic buildings, important settlements, settlements and cultural landscapes;
  • Assisting local governments and the private sector in jointly promoting the maintenance, preservation and revitalization of tangible cultural assets;
  • Promoting the conservation of aboriginal cultural assets;
  • Implementing an evaluation and award program for the management and maintenance of public historic properties;
  • Conducting periodic and conclusive examinations of national historic heritages;
  • Establishing a management system and maintenance schedule for monuments and historic buildings;
  • All other issues regarding the planning, research, talent training and advocacy in the field of cultural heritage preservation.

The National Center for Research & Preservation of Cultural Properties, a subordinate agency of the Bureau of Cultural Heritage, is tasked with conducting research on the preservation and restoration of historic buildings, archeological sites, antiques and cultural properties.

Policies & Initiatives
The top priorities of the National Center for Research & Preservation of Cultural Properties, which is located in the southern county of Tainan, include:

  • Developing new techniques for the preservation of cultural properties.
The center's laboratory works on improving current preservation techniques as well as developing new methods to minimize the damage caused by Taiwan's humid and hot environment.

  • Integrating the nation's cultural preservation resources.
The center partners with academic institutes, research facilities and museums to conduct preservation projects. It also offers professional assistance to local governments in preserving regional cultural relics.

  • Fostering technical exchanges and transfers.
The center regularly presents its research and laboratory results in international symposiums and seminars. It also publishes books and conducts technical exchanges with local and overseas institutes.

  • Recruiting a new generation of heritage preservation experts.
The center maintains a human resource database and provides interdisciplinary and proactive training.

  • Strengthening the nation's preventive measures on heritage preservation.
The center devotes considerable resources towards the research and implementation of precautionary measures that can safeguard the nation's cultural properties. The center is also responsible for drafting emergency plans for crisis situations.

To help preserve the nation's cultural assets, the Department of Cultural Resources has launched a conservation project targeting antiques, historic sites and underwater cultural assets.

The scope of the project includes:

  • The designation and protection of national treasures
  • The collection and restoration of antiques
  • The excavation and surveying of historic sites
  • The detection and preservation of underwater cultural assets

Other major tasks related to antiques, historic sites and underwater cultural assets include:

  • Establishing an integrated database
  • Organizing museum exhibitions and educational events
  • Training professionals in preservation and restoration techniques
  • Planning underwater and maritime conservation zones
  • Conducting research projects and policy revisions
  • Drafting a national underwater heritage act
The Bureau of Cultural Heritage has sponsored various international exchange activities in order to enhance Taiwanese people's knowledge of worldwide cultural heritage preservation and maintenance. Conversely, these events help the international community better understand the steps taken by Taiwan to preserve and elevate its own cultural heritages.

In recent years, the Bureau has helped to promote the preservation of cultural heritage by:
  • Celebrating International Cultural Heritage Day, hosting international academic seminars and inviting foreign scholars and experts to visit Taiwan and share their experiences.
  • Participating in international travel fairs to promote potential world heritage sites in Taiwan and to raise the international profile of natural and cultural heritages in Taiwan.
  • Sponsoring international academic and cultural visits to learn from the experiences of other countries in relations to cultural heritage preservation.
  • Requesting foreign scholars to present their advice on the current cultural heritage preservation environment in Taiwan.
  • Inviting foreign groups to perform or exhibit in Taiwan for the public to better understand foreign cultures.
  • Establishing bilateral or multilateral cooperation plans to share experiences of cultural heritage preservation.
  • Promoting the cultivation of local professionals and learning the latest heritage preservation techniques.
  • Conducting cross-strait cultural cooperation to promote cultural exchanges between the two sides.

The Bureau hopes that these international exchange activities will not only help local citizens to better understand the current development of cultural heritage preservation in the world, but also help the international community know more about Taiwan's precious cultural heritage and its bid to share its cultural wealth with the world.