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Kemdikbudristek Establishes Special Agency for Cultural Heritage Management

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Jakarta, IO – The Education, Culture, Research and Technology Ministry (Kemdikbudristek) established a special body dubbed the Indonesian Heritage Agency (IHA) tasked with managing and maintaining 14 museums and 34 cultural heritage sites in the country.

“With the establishment of IHA, we have set an important milestone in the efforts to preserve cultural heritage in Indonesia,” said Hilmar Farid, the ministry’s culture director general, per Detikcom, Fri (14/5).

“This is not only about managing museums and cultural heritage sites, but also about how we, as a nation, utilize and care for the cultural wealth we have,” he said.

IHA is expected to be a driving force in creating a cultured society. According to him, museums and cultural heritage sites must be managed in a more professional manner, so that they truly become a source of inspiration and enjoyable knowledge for the public.

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“As cultural heritage, museums and cultural reserves must definitely be protected, but it is more important that they can benefit the society,” he stressed.

The launch of IHA coincides with International Museum Day celebration at the Fort Vredeburg Museum, Yogyakarta, Thursday (16/5). IHA was first conceived as a public service agency on September 1, 2023. It envisions to make museums and cultural reserves into open, collaborative spaces that enrich historical and cultural knowledge. (un)

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