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Muaro Jambi temple complex to be restored like Angkor Wat

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Jakarta, IO – Education, Culture, Research and Technology Ministry’s culture director general Hilmar Farid was convinced that the revitalization of the Muaro Jambi National Cultural Heritage Area (KCBN) in Muaro Jambi regency, Jambi would be able to compete with Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia.

The project is expected to be completed within five years. The aim is not only to protect cultural heritage, but also to examine in more depth the significance of the site, per Tempo, Mon (10/6).

“The development of KCBN Muaro Jambi is an important step in the journey to realize the government’s efforts to ensure the protection of cultural heritage in Indonesia,” said Hilmar.

“But we are also committed to conducting an in-depth study of the lost Muaro Jambi civilization through excavation of historical objects to unearth its cultural and historical significance.”

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Currently, KCBN Muaro Jambi complex consists of 82 structures made of red bricks, including main temples Tinggi Temple, Kedaton Temple, and Gumpung Temple. Tinggi Temple was restored in 1980 while Kedaton in 2002. Kedaton Temple is situated 2km from Kato Mahligai Temple revitalization project.

The site has been designated as a national cultural heritage by the Indonesian government, and has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Center tentative lists since 2009. This has granted Muaro Jambi Temple wider international recognition, cementing its status as one of the important historical sites in world. (bp)

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