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.