International cultural exchange
As seen in the envoy from Goguryeo depicted on a mural paintings of Afrasiab, Korea and Uzbekistan have interacted with one another over a thousand years. The Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation is carrying out ODA projects for the Afrasiab Museum of Samarkand and institutions related to cultural heritage from 2020 to 2021, in order to foster and empower experts related to conservation and utilization of cultural heritage of the nation. To obtain synergistic effects, the Foundation performs the project in cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Administration and the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage of Korea and on the basis of close working relationships with related institutions in Uzbekistan such as the Ministry of Culture, museums, and the Institute for Archaeology.
The Foundation renovated the preservation treatment room in Samarkand Museum to support the facilities and equipment in the lab for basic preservation treatment.
The lab is the first modern laboratory among the museums in Uzbekistan, and the equipment to be supported is state-of-the-art, a part of infrastructure for effective preservation treatment activities.
The Foundation offers capacity building programs for experts on cultural heritage in Uzbekistan through invitational training in Korea and local technical training. This is to support the nation so that it can actively preserve the cultural assets and establish policies on its own.
The Foundation plans to invite 12 experts for invitational training in Korea and to provide local technical training to 40 trainees in 2021.
The Foundation is producing manuals for conservation processes dealing with bronze, iron, stone, and pottery & earthenware, the four materials occupying a significant proportion of cultural assets. It is currently making audio-visual materials with well-defined video clips and demonstrations, rather than books. They will contain the entire processes of preservation so that it is easy to follow.