ASEAN Launches Cultural Heritage Digital Archive Website
ASEAN has launched the first phase of their ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) website in the ASEAN Secretariat Building, South Jakarta, on Thursday, February 27, 2020. With support from the Indonesian, Malaysian and Thai governments, the ACHDA have managed to digitize 160 cultural heritage artefacts through their collaboration with many museums and libraries, including the Indonesian National Museum, the Malaysia Department of Museums and the National Library of Thailand.
“I hope ASEAN citizens using the website will better appreciate the shared cultural heritage and instill in them a greater regional sense of belonging as we work towards fostering the ASEAN identity,” remarked Deputy Secretary General for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Kung Phoak, in the launch of the ACHDA. Work for the project initially began in 2018 with assistance from the Japanese Government through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).