Fermentation of intangible cultural heritage: interpretation of kimchi in museums

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The purpose of this study is to assess practices and issues in interpretation of intangible cultural heritage in museum exhibitions and to explore directions for interpreting the cultural heritage comprehensively. It examines the presentation of the traditional food, kimchi, in museums in Korea, and analyzes the purposes, contents, and techniques of the exhibitions. The purpose of such an examination is to evaluate the current museology paradigm that is based on material culture and to stress the need of new paradigms to interpret and present intangible cultural heritage in museums. This study discusses the political context of the exhibitions and recommends an interpretation of the subject in both social and cultural frameworks, as well as suggests further inquiries for meaningful visitor experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-227
Number of pages19
JournalMuseum Management and Curatorship
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2013


  • cultural tradition
  • intangible cultural heritage
  • interpretation
  • kimchi
  • museum exhibitions
  • new museology
  • traditional food


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