South Korea a case study for Singapore in safeguarding cultural heritage

Award scheme for craftsmen among areas inspired by East Asian nation's programmes

The traditional Korean art of tightrope walking, accompanied by music and witty dialogue between the tightrope walker and a "clown" on the ground, being performed in South Korea last month. PHOTO: NATIONAL INTANGIBLE HERITAGE CENTRE
The traditional Korean art of tightrope walking, accompanied by music and witty dialogue between the tightrope walker and a "clown" on the ground, being performed in South Korea last month. PHOTO: NATIONAL INTANGIBLE HERITAGE CENTRE
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An award scheme launched last month to recognise master craftsmen and artists who keep Singapore's living heritage alive was partly inspired by South Korea's Living National Treasure scheme.

Singapore studied its design before rolling out its own version, said Mr Alvin Tan, the National Heritage Board's (NHB)'s deputy chief executive of policy and community, in an interview with The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 25, 2019, with the headline South Korea a case study for Singapore in safeguarding cultural heritage. Subscribe