Government to promote historical sites restoration project

  • Date: 2016-07-07
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

At  the  Cabinet  meeting  held  today,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  was  briefed  by  the  Ministry  of  Culture  (MOC)  on  its  historical  sites  restoration  plan,  which  he  said  is  expected  to  enliven  cultural  buildings  and  structures  and  make  them  more  meaningful  for  the  public.  

“Through  public  investments,  the  plan  aims  to  breathe  life  into  local  cultural  assets  and  resources  while  forging  unique  cultural  landscapes  in  each  region,”  said  the  premier.  The  plan,  which  was  part  of  a  presidential  campaign  promise  made  by  Tsai  Ing-wen,  is  now  a  top  priority  for  the  administration.

According  to  the  MOC,  10  local  governments  have  been  approved  to  implement  11  pilot  projects  during  the  first  phase.  The  plan  will  integrate  projects  from  local  governments,  the  Ministry  of  Transportation  and  Communications,  the  Construction  and  Planning  Agency  of  the  Ministry  of  the  Interior,  the  National  Development  Council,  and  the  Soil  and  Water  Conservation  Bureau  of  the  Council  of  Agriculture.  

Under  the  plan,  the  government  will  include  historic  monuments,  buildings  and  villages  into  national  space  management  strategies  and  formulate  sustainable  projects  to  restore  the  sites  to  their  former  glory.  Digital  technologies  will  be  employed  to  revive  memories  of  the  past,  and  cultural  assets  will  inspire  more  creative  ideas.

The  Executive  Yuan  will  also  establish  a  board  of  culture  to  enhance  coordination  across  government  agencies.  After  the  historical  site  restoration  plan  is  set  up,  the  MOC  will  revise  its  cultural  asset  policies  and  strategies  in  line  with  the  mechanisms  set  up  by  the  board.