Maximum and permanent conservation of cultural heritage basing on digital technology

Dr. Pham Thi Thuy Chung, Researcher at Institute for Religious Studies (Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences)

My name is Pham Thi Thuy Chung, a researcher at Institute for Religious Studies (under Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences) with experiences working as a secretary at Association of Vietnamese Folklorists in 10 years and a researcher at Vietnamese Museum of Ethnology in 10 years.

I am interested in studying cultural and religious heritages, and working with ethnic communities. Recognizing many challenges to the cultural heritage conservation in the context of Vietnam, I have been seeking to promote “maximum and permanent” conservation in order to contribute to sustainable development in the museum activities in particular and cultural heritage studies in general.


Although cultural heritage conservation (in Vietnam and around the world) has made many efforts and gained remarkable achievements, however, it must be admitted that no material entity can avoid the impacts of nature and human. Architectural works, cultural artifacts, works of art, … are being destroyed over time and will inevitably come to ruined. Besides, the features of intangible cultural heritage such as unvisibility, untouchability and diversity make it difficult to assess the values of cultural heritage, or lead to confusion and alternative concepts. In fact, human missing perception of cultural heritage values or giving the wrong decision can destroy the cultural heritage faster than the natural destruction.
Digital technology is changing the way of preservation and creating the opportunity to preserve maximally and permanently cultural heritage towards sustainable development. Based on an interdisciplinary approach, this paper will discuss some solutions to apply digital technology in cultural heritage conservation and give examples of large-scale architecture and object in the outdoor exhibition at the Vietnamese Museum of Ethnology.