Intangible Cultural Heritage of Asia and the Pacific


The Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation: A Leader of Cultural Heritage Protection and Promotion

Established based on the Cultural Properties Protection Law, the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation is a corporation that specializes in traditional culture, and disseminates information on traditional Korean culture, while engaging [...]


Making an Inventory of Mongolian ICH

Mongols have practiced pastoral nomadism for centuries within the vast steppe that stretches throughout Central Asia, which has led to the creation of a nomadic civilization, a distinct civilization accepted [...]

Norov UrtnasanSecretary-General, Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO

Lkham: The Guardian Goddess of Buddhism

In Buddhism, deities and gods are imagined as either male or female. They can appear either calm and peaceful or fierce and frantic. Generally, the more peaceful gods are the [...]

Shagdarsuren DambaEditor and Journalist, Mongolian National Public Radio

The Character of Goddesses in Korean Intangible Heritage

The presence of goddesses has been a consistent feature within Korean polytheistic shamanism and traditional popular religions. These goddesses are often associated with nature or aspects of family and life. [...]

Lucy HwangProfessor of Media Literature, Kwandong University, Korea

Kanjeng Ratu Kidul—Goddess of the Southern Ocean

Babad Tanah Jawi (History of Java) evidences the existence of traditional (not religious) beliefs in a goddess of the Southern Ocean called Kanjeng Ratu Kidul since the fifteenth and sixteenth [...]

Gaura MancacaritadipuraPuppeteer, Cultural Expert, Second Secretary, National Kris Secretariat, Indonesia

Supreme Mother Goddess Lieu Hanh

Of the Four Palaces religion of Vietnam, Mother Goddess Lieu Hanh is the most important figure. People believe that this Mother Goddess has the power to create and govern the [...]

Ngo Duc ThinhDirector, Center for Research and Preservation of Vietnamese Ritual Culture

Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Angkor

Angkor in Cambodia is a World Heritage Site (inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992) renowned for its archaeological and architectural significance. It contains artistic masterpieces of Khmer sculpture [...]

Georgina LloydDeputy Director, University of Sydney Robert Christie Research Centre, Siem Reap

Challenges of Intangible Cultural Heritage Safeguarding in India

India is the repository of an astounding wealth of intangible heritage with distinctive qualities of its own. The variety of geophysical features of India reflects its cultural diversity, from the [...]

Sudha GopalakrishnanPresident, Stirring Action on Heritage and the Arts, India