Signing of Memorandum of Understanding on 6th March 2017, between Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties and Department of Culture

Division for Conservation of Heritage Sites (DCHS) under the Department of Culture in collaboration with the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (TNRICP) has been undertaking a joint survey for studying traditional Bhutanese buildings in Bhutan since 2012. Since the project was a great success they are interested for further collaboration of similar project with different aims and objectives.
The collaboration is in continuation and for this project period; they are to conduct a joint survey and study on Bhutanese traditional buildings mainly within a framework of the JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid Project for Scientific Research entitled “Research on the typology and chronology of rammed-earth buildings in Bhutan”.
The period of the Project: March 7th, 2017 to March 31st, 2019.
The objective of this project aims to:
  • Establish an index for determining their relative chronology by surveying architectural styles in plan, elevation, section and various details, trying to typifying and dating in regard with layout, design and structure, and clarifying characteristic features in structural technique to each historical period.
  • Contribute towards human resource development in DOC by designing suitable methodologies to carry out all activities as mentioned in the project activities below through close collaboration between the experts of the two parties.
The Project activities that will be carried out by the two parties (DOC and NRICPT) under the said project period are as follows:
1              Survey of Bhutanese traditional buildings in the following context:
1.1          Typology of traditional buildings.
1.2          Chronological and regional feature of traditional buildings.
1.3          Construction system and practice of traditional buildings.
1.4          View of Bhutanese public to conservation of traditional buildings.
1.5         A series of field workshop as well as a symposium in Japan, which will be co-organized by DCHS and NRICPT.
-Division for Conservation of Heritage Sites