Saturday, January 9, 2010

Angklung to be proposed as world heritage

The Indonesian government is set to propose a Sundanese traditional music instrument known as angklung as the world heritage to The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) this year.

A Tourism and Culture Ministry director, Junus Satrio Atmodjo, said the government had been collecting data about Angklung to strengthen the proposal.

"We need to trace a lot of things. Angklung has not only existed in West Java, but people in Bali has also known it," he said in Yogyakarta on Saturday as quoted by Kompas.com

"We hope that Angklung will be declared a the world heritage in 2011."

Last year, batik, the Indonesian traditional dyeing technique, was recognized as one of the world heritage.

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