The construction work of the Tibetan Museum for Intangible Cultural Heritage has been completed recently. After nearly two years’ construction, the museum will open to public in the second half of this year. Located in the Tibet Cultural and Creative Area along the south bank of the Lhasa River, this museum now is the world’s highest museum above sea level.
The museum covers an area of 40,000 square meters, and the surrounding garden covers about 25,000 square meters. The design of the main building is based on the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. The main building is a five-storey one, which integrates the lecture hall, exhibition hall, appraisal center and repair center together. The museum will exhibit several hundred items of intangible cultural heritage such as Gesar singing, Tibetan opera, and Thangka paintings.
The museum is contracted by the China Construction First Engineering Division. The whole investment of the museum is 120 million RMB ($18.9 million). In the January 2018, it has been awarded as the China Quality Award, which is the highest award in China’s quality field.
Tibet owns 89 items of state-level intangible cultural heritage, 323 regional-level, and over 1,800 city and county-level items. The Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum will form the new urban card in Lhasa, and become a leisure and tourist attraction for people around the world. The museum has great significance to the construction of public cultural service system and the development of the cultural tourism industry.