ASEAN is well known for its outstanding cultural heritage and time-honored traditions and histories. With the aim to digitize the invaluable heritage sites across ASEAN by harnessing the use of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), the project of Digital Heritage contents of ASEAN was implemented with the support of ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund (AKCF).

This project also serves as one of the way to preserve and promote the ASEAN Cultural Heritage. In its implementation, Korean researchers and experts were sent to such sites in ASEAN nation for the digitalization of the cultural heritage. State of the art equipment and technology such as 3D scanning, Ultra High Resolution Filming, dronography and 360 degree VR shooting were employed throughout the project. Furthermore, this project also provided training programme to the involved countries in 2017 and regional academic exchange information for all ten ASEAN Member States on the current trend of three-dimensional (3D) archiving of cultural heritage.

In 2017, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Borobudur Temple compounds in Indonesia, and Bagan in Myanmar were digitally archived and transformed into Virtual Reality. Following these projects, filming and 3D scanning work was conducted in remaining seven Member States including the Sulthan Omar Ali Shaifuddin mosque in Brunei Darussalam, the Vat Phou temple complex in Lao PDR, the historic city of Malaka in Malaysia, the historic city of Vigan in the Philippines, the Botanic Graden in Singapore, the Sukhotai Historical Park in Thailand, and the complex of Hue Monuments in Viet Nam.

The development of digital heritage contents of ASEAN project intends not only to preserve and document the cultural heritage of each ASEAN Member  States but also to promote a spirit of ASEAN unity and to ensure enhance understanding of the value of the world’s primary cultural legacies by sharing the digital contents under the cooperation between ASEAN and ROK. The completed contents of the cultural heritages are being showcased in ASEAN Cultural House (ACH) in Busan.