Gianyar regency Elected as Member of World Heritage Cities
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VOI NEWS 14.09.2017, 09.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7
Gianyar regency was elected as a World Heritage City by the Organization of World Heritage Cities on April 12, 2017. Chairman of the Executive Board of the Indonesian Heritage Preservation Agency (BPPI), Catrini Pratihari Kubontubuh explained that Gianyar regency has been proposed as World Heritage City since February 2017. Currently, 280 cities around the world are listed as members of the Organization of Heritage Cities. In addition to Gianyar, Surakarta and Denpasar have been listed as members of the organization since 2008 and 2013 respectively. Gianyar has several heritages recognized by UNESCO.
"The heritages that have been recognized by UNESCO in Gianyar namely traditional dagger keris, leather puppet wayang as the oldest heritage from Balinese ancestors such as Bali dance and Subak," she said.
Catrini further explained, the Organization of World Heritage Cities was established as a forum for mayors and local leaders of heritage citiess with the requirement of having at least one world heritage site recognized by UNESCO. According to Catrini, Gianyar could be a model for other cities in promoting alignments to preservation of its long history. In the same occasion, the Gianyar regent, Anak Agung Gde Agung Bharata said, Gianyar was very honored to get the trust the world to contribute along with other heritage cities from various countries in the preservation of nature and culture. (sekar/alike/edit r)
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