Martial art or modern coffee shop: Argument of Spirit Preservation in Reusing of Budokuten in Southern Taiwan

Lin, Szu-Ling (2008) Martial art or modern coffee shop: Argument of Spirit Preservation in Reusing of Budokuten in Southern Taiwan. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Budokuten was a particular building to exercise traditional Japanese martial art and was an important symbol of Samurai spirit in Taiwan during Japanese colonial period. Two of preserving Budokutens in southern Taiwan were repaired. One Budokuten at Chishang is reusing for coffee shop, the other one at Kaohsiung is reusing for martial art exercise by a non-profit organization. The local government thinks that new Chishang Budokuten with modern function is helpful for tourism. However, some people consider it is not appropriate for a traditional Japanese martial art building. Kaohsiung Budokuten has original activity again and seems to keep historical spirit appropriately. Nevertheless, conservative reusing style often lack tourist attraction. Diverse function is the specific issue for cultural heritage in Taiwan where has short history and few historical resource. From these two examples we can discuss an appropriate way to balance the historical spirit and tourist attraction.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Lin, Szu-Ling
Languages: English
Keywords: historic monument; martial arts; spirit of place; conservation; tourism; re-use; rehabilitation; economic aspects
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Budokuten, Taiwan
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2010 15:37
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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Kuo, Yi-Chien. 2004. Research of Operate-Transfer System from the Case Studies on the Reused Historical Buildings. Master Thesis, Chung Yuan University

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