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PR/18-07 Discover charms of cultural heritages in ASEAN through publication2018-03-12

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PRESS RELEASE
No.PR/18-07Date2018.03.12(Mon)
ContactProgram Inquiries: Kim Se-young, Senior Officer, CTU (+82-2-2287-1137, jennkim@aseankorea.org)
Press Inquiries: Hwang Ji-seon, Senior PR Officer, IDU (+82-2-2287-1149, hjs@aseankorea.org)
ASEAN-Korea Centre is an International Organization mandated to promote economic and socio-cultural cooperation between ASEAN Member States and Korea.


Discover charms of cultural heritages in ASEAN through publication

- The ASEAN-Korea Centre published a book, Sustainable Cultural Heritage Tourism: Fostering ASEAN-Korea Partnership -


Seoul, Korea -The ASEAN-Korea Centre (Secretary General Kim Young-sun) published a book titled Sustainable Cultural Tourism: Fostering ASEAN-Korea Partnership on 12 March 2018. The publication was written by the Tourism Industry Data Analytics Lab (TIDAL) at Sejong University in Korea and the Culture and Tourism Unit of the ASEAN-Korea Centre, and reviewed by experts from the ASEAN Secretariat and the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) of Korea. It consists of three chapters: UNESCO World Heritage Convention and examples of justifications for outstanding universal value in ASEAN; Sustainable cultural heritage tourism development and management; and Cultural heritage programs of the ASEAN-Korea Centre. 

 

Secretary General Kim Young-sun noted that, “Last year, over 7 million Korean tourists visited 10 ASEAN countries, which have been the most favored destination for Koreans. However, 38 UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritages in ASEAN that highlight diverse and harmonious cultures, religious, and races in the region are yet to be discovered by most Korean tourists. As the UNESCO World Heritages are recognized to contain exceptional universal values to be enjoyed and preserved by people across the world, I hope this publication would serve as a valuable guidebook for more Korean tourists to enjoy UNESCO Heritages in ASEAN, thus enriching their stay and experiences in the region.”

 

The first part of the book offers an in-depth knowledge on the inscription criteria and nomination process of UNESCO World Heritages. According to the UNESCO, the site is first required to illustrate that it has “Outstanding Universal Value” to be enlisted. A nominated site then must meet all three foundations of (1) one or more World Heritage criteria; (2) conditions of integrity and authenticity; and (3) appropriate plans for protection and management. Based on these criteria and requirements, the book sheds light on UNESCO Cultural Heritages in ASEAN by describing how each site meets these criteria. The second chapter presents practical ideas and strategies for developing heritage tourism in ASEAN, such as positive and negative impacts of tourism on cultural heritage sites, developing cultural heritage destinations in a sustainable manner, empowering and benefiting the local community through Community-based Tourism, as well as policies and best practices for preservation of heritage sites.

 

ASEAN, boasting an abundance of natural and cultural resources to whet the traveler’s palate, has put great priority on developing UNESCO Cultural Heritages as sustainable tourism destinations. In line with this, the ASEAN-Korea Centre conducted an array of programs in 2017, including the tourism capacity-building workshops in Battambang, Cambodia; Hoi An, Viet Nam; and Bagan, Myanmar, as described in the Chapter 3. Based upon success of these programs last year, the ASEAN-Korea Centre is planning to organize its tourism capacity-building and development programs on both cultural and natural heritages in 2018. 

 

The publication is available at the ASEAN Hall of the Centre. For any further inquiries, please contact: info@aseankorea.org




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