Conservation Philosophy and Principles for Traditional East Asian Architecture

동아시아 전통건축의 보전철학과 원리

  • Chung, Seung-Jin ;
  • Kim, Chang-Sung
  • 정승진 (협성대학교 건축공학과) ;
  • 김창성 (협성대학교 건축공학과)
  • Received : 2009.10.10
  • Accepted : 2009.11.01
  • Published : 2009.11.25


The modern philosophy of historic conservation focuses on the permanence of the material aspects of monuments as historic evidence of the artistic achievement of the past. However, so strongly are European attitudes to architecture and its conservation embedded in modern conservation, that it has skewed all conservation thinking towards the concept of the European-type monument which emphasizes visual beauty through its material substance. Thus, some basic ideas of modern conservation seem ill-suited to East Asian architecture which is conceived in a different spirit from its European counterpart. The purposes of the paper are to discuss the need for approaches which are different from the modern Western view of conservation for East Asian architectural heritage, and to make suggestions for developing conservation principles more suited to the unique values and aesthetic sense of East Asian culture and architecture. Conservation principles in the East Asian societies are determined in relation to the spiritual and naturalistic sensibilities of East Asian culture and architecture.


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