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Jakarta, IO – This decision was announced at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Monday (18/9). The session was attended by the Deputy Governor of Yogyakarta KGPAA Sri Paduka Paku Alam X, per VOA Indonesia.

“Congratulations to Indonesia because Sumbu Filosofi Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta Philosophy Axis) has become a World Cultural Heritage,” said Chairman of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee Abdulelah Al-Tokhais.

Philosophy Axis of Yogyakarta.
Philosophy Axis of Yogyakarta. (Source: handout)

On this recognition, the Governor of Yogyakarta Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X said that this success was the result of the cooperation of all parties, and was a tribute to the masterpiece of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I as the initiator.

“We hope that this designation can be used as an opportunity for joint learning about the universal values ​​needed to create a new, better world in the future,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Queen of the Yogyakarta Sultanate, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hemas, said that this news had been eagerly anticipated.

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“Indeed, we have been waiting for an assessment for quite a long time, including revitalization of Malioboro, which was carried out to make Yogyakarta a world cultural heritage city; after previously being named the World Batik City,” said Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hemas.

The philosophical axis area referred to by UNESCO refers to the imaginary line connecting Panggung Krapyak and Tugu Yogyakarta (also called Tugu Golong Gilig), which also includes Malioboro and the Yogyakarta Palace. This is a spatial concept created by the first king of Yogyakarta, Sultan Hamengku Buwono I, in the 18th century, which was based on the Javanese philosophy. (rr)


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