"A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance." These words by Antoine de Saint-Exupery aptly describe the importance of heritage towards the growth of human civilization over the decades. Like wise, the heritage of North Korea stands testimony to its rich cultural and historic past accumulated through years of hard struggle by the natives of the country. Many historians believe that heritage is part of our daily surrounding and is in fact a recapitulation of the ancient times. The various aspects of North Korean heritage are a true resemblance of festivals and traditions though from time to time efforts are made to redefine them. These heritage sites also inspires the younger generation of the nation and makes them feel proud of the glorious history which has been an inevitable part of its growing national identity.
In the recent years, international governmental bodies like U.N.E.S.C.O have taken great initiatives in restoration and preservation of ancient architectural monuments. The members of this prestigious organization emphasize on international co-operation aided through cultural tourism and bring about a sustainable ecotourism development in all the countries. They also make efforts to promote the heritage site itself; and work towards the betterment of the integrity and values of the site.