Indonesia Registers Three Cultural Heritage Sites at UNESCO

08 April, 2011 | Source: ANTARA News

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - RI has registered three intangible cultural heritage sites, namely Balinese traditional dance, Noken handicraft and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII), at the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, an official said here Monday.

"The Minister of Culture and Tourism today registered the three sites to UNESCO to preserve Indonesian culture," Jero Wacik, Minister of Culture and Tourism, said here Monday.

Jero said by the addition of the three heritage sites, Indonesia had added a number of intangible cultural heritage sites, such as Indonesian puppets (2003), Indonesian ceremonial knives (2005), Indonesian Batiks (2009) and Indonesian angklung (2010).

He further said that the more cultural heritage sites are recognized by UNESCO created higher pride for the people in preserving the cultural sites in Indonesia.

On the occasion, he also expressed pessimism in registering all Indonesian cultural heritage sites to UNESCO due to the limited financial factor.

"Thousands of people have been involved in the registration of the three sites, so there must be more people and money to spend in registering all the sites of Indonesian cultural heritage since we have plenty of them ," he said.

Those three intangible cultural heritage sites are involved in the representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritages (Balinese traditional dances), Urgent Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Noken handicraft) and Best Practice of Intangible Cultural Heritages (TMII).

The registration documents were also signed by Coordinating Minster of People`s Welfare Agung Laksono after the Ministry of Culture and tourism. (*)


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