ICOM Korea founded in 1976, presently, has about 200 individual and institutional members. They are actively involved in the international committees so as to facilitate exchange of knowledge and to achieve development of museums.
In 2004 ICOM Korea hosted the 20th General Conference and 21st General Assembly in Seoul and it was the most successful and meaningful moment ever in the history of museums in Korea and ICOM. Especially, the main theme of the conference, "Museums and Intangible Heritage" was also highly appreciated by the museum professionals in the world since many valuable intangible heritage has been perishing as a result of urbanization and industrialization. Through this website, we would like to express our deep gratitude once again to all of you who kindly devoted your precious time and effort to ICOM 2004, Seoul.
We are also very pleased and honoured with the publication of "International Journal of Intangible Heritage" initiated by ICOM Korea and the National Folk Museum of Korea under the acknowledgement of ICOM. In commemoration of ICOM Seoul, the Journal will be contributed to the conservation activities and researches on intangible heritage.
Generally speaking, culture is a shared and learned behavior, and descends to the future generation while we in the current society are shaped by culture and vice versa. In this sense, a "museum" is a core of the cultural institutions that reflect the life-style and the way of thinking of humans. As the history of Korean museums is not longer than 100 years, people's understanding of museums are have not been established firmly compared with those of other Western countries. We, therefore, sincerely expect your active participation in ICOM Korea through which museum professionals can share their information for the development of museums in Korea as well as in the world.
Chairman, Korean National Committee, ICOM