With rapid infrastructural development in Bhutan, significant projects have been implemented and have impacted both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. The inventory and database system of heritage sites is a fundamental need to preserve ancient heritage sites. With the absence of a proper database and inventory of cultural heritage sites, Bhutan faces a huge challenge in protecting the cultural heritage, particularly in the phase of rapid socio-economic development.
The inventory and database system would assist in planning the major infrastructural projects like hydropower or economic zone with proper consideration for cultural heritage sites.
Supported by the United States Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), the project aims to conserve important national heritage sites through proper inventory and a reliable database to promote people’s sense of ownership and appreciation for its cultural heritage. It would also encourage the people to value cultural heritage with a proper system of registration and designation of heritage sites.
About 9 temples were reconstructed beyond the historic structure in Paro.
Most of the heritage sites not documented face the imminent threat of losing important information of the sites or destruction
Most of the heritage sites serve the community as a communal space and a place for festivities.
The Department of Culture under the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs will be the nodal agency to implement the project. The documentation of heritage sites would involve the local government officials, respective monasteries and the community members of various eastern and central regions of Bhutan.
The inventory and database system of heritage sites is a fundamental need to preserve ancient heritage sites as we see rapid infrastructural development in Bhutan.