Bali Becomes World Heritage

Apparently Bali will soon have some regions becoming the world heritage under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Next June, UNESCO is scheduled to conduct assessment to four regions in Bali proposed to be the World Heritage region. The four regions assessed by the organization dealing with the issues of education, science and culture include the Ulun Danu Batur and Lake Batur, Pakerisan River watershed, Taman Ayun Temple and the surrounding environment as well as the region of Batukaru (Catur Angga Batukaru). Division Head of History and Antiquities of Bali Cultural Services, Wirawati Bagiasih, told the matters last Sunday.

According to Wirawati Bagiasih, the regions belonging to Pakerisan River watershed were Subak Pulagan, Subak Kulub, Kulub Village, Tampaksiring Village, Manukaya Village, Pegulingan Temple, Tirta Empul Temple, Mengening Temple and Gunung Kawi Site. Meanwhile, the Batukaru region (Catur Angga Batukaru) consisted of fifteen subaks (Balinese irrigation cooperative) namely the subak of Bedugul, Jatiluwih, Kedampal, Keloncing, Penatahan, Pesagi, Piak, Puakan, Rejasa, Sangketan, Soka, Tegallinggah, Tengkudak and Wangaya Betan. Furthermore, the Taman Ayun Temple would be assessed together with the surrounding environment such as the Subak Batang Badung and the region of Ulun Danu Batur Temple would be assessed in a single package with Lake Batur.

Wirawati Bagiasih added, at the moment her party was working hard to prepare all the necessary needs in filing the four highly historic quarters to be World Heritage to UNESCO. Additionally, her party established a special team so that all needs required could be eventually met. Moreover, the assessment process had been getting closer to around June. “Hopefully, all requirements obliged could be fulfilled. Thus, the four regions retaining a very high historical value could be recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage,” she observed.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Bali Cultural Services, I Ketut Suastika, hoped the four historic regions proposed to be World Heritage to UNESCO could be achieved. He said the public understanding on the importance of world heritage preservation and development should continue to be increased. Of course, it should be sustainably supported with the existence of integrated policy towards the protection of cultural heritage through coordination, synchronization, socialization and internalization.

source : balitravelnews

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