Innovation in Cultural Heritage Preservation in Taiwan: Lessons for Indonesia


Riela Provi Drianda, Waseda University, Japan
Laila Zohrah, Singaperbangsa University, Indonesia
Adiwan Fahlan Aritenang, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
Published: January 26, 2022

Citation: Drianda, R. P., Zohrah, L., & Aritenang, A. F. (2022). Innovation in Cultural Heritage Preservation in Taiwan: Lessons for Indonesia. IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies, 6(2).


Despite having a long and rich culture, the preservation of cultural heritage in Indonesian cities is still facing numerous challenges. Modernization has gradually replaced countless historical monuments, and museums displaying the glory of previous civilizations are not as popular as other urban attractions. Different approaches should be considered to prevent further cultural loss and the fragmentation of Indonesian urban history. In this study, we attempt to learn from Taiwanese practices of preserving cultural heritage. In recent years, Indonesia and Taiwan have been developing intense economic and cultural ties through several cultural promotion projects. While the study identified the same challenges for Taiwan to protect built heritage from rapid urbanization, there are some good model practices in place that can be adopted by Indonesian society. First is the digitalization of cultural heritage that contributed to data preservation and availability to the public. Secondly, is the importance of defining those cultural practices/artifacts that reflect a nation’s identity. Thirdly, attention to the design and enforcement of the heritage preservation act. The last point concerns creativity and initiatives to collaborate with the creatives and other potential collaborators.


cultural heritage, Indonesia, innovation, preservation, Taiwan