Panji tales awarded the status of world heritage by UNESCO

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via Leiden University, 31 October 2017:

he unique collection of more than 250 ancient tales revolving around the mythical Javanese Prince Panji, which is curated by Leiden University Libraries (UBL), has been acknowledged as world heritage by UNESCO. The UBL is grateful to UNESCO for this exceptionally prestigious award.

The Leiden collection of Panji tales is included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, together with similar collections held by the national libraries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia. The Register contains documentary heritage of outstanding value to the world. UBL already holds two documents included in the UNESCO Register: La Galigo (2011) and Babad Diponegoro (2013). By digitising the Panji tales, they can be made available worldwide via free via open access for research and education. UBL has started a crowdfunding campaign to help digitise the Panji tales.

Source: Panji tales awarded the status of world heritage by UNESCO

Unesco designates King Bayint Naung’s bell as world heritage item | Eleven Myanmar

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via Eleven Myanmar, 01 November 2017:

The bell donated by King Bayint Naung to Shwezeegon pagoda in Bagan has been added to the world heritage list, according to the deputy director of Department of National Museum, Aye Mi Sein.

Myanmar nominated the bell for world-heritage listing in May 2016 and it was approved on the Unesco meeting held on October 24 in Paris.

Source: Unesco designates King Bayint Naung’s bell as world heritage item | Eleven Myanmar

Borobudur archives listed in UNESCO Memory of the World Register

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via Antara News, 11 October 2017:

Four national archives were included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, according to Bambang Subiyanto, chief executive of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.

“The four archives on the Borobudur temple restoration, Panji Story, Non-Aligned Movement, and Tsunami had been registered in 2016, and the results will be announced at the end of October 2017,” Subiyanto remarked here on Tuesday.

He said Indonesia had submitted a proposal to list the archives of Borobudurs renovation during the 1973-1983 period in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, as the second restoration had involved several parties, and Indonesia has a complete documentation on the work.

Source: Four archives listed in UNESCO Memory of the World Register – ANTARA News

Thai medicinal inscriptions included in UNESCO Programme

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The Thai Ayutthaya-period temple of Wat Pho in Bangkok is to be included in next year’s UNESCO Memory of the World programme (Note – not the World Heritage programme). Wat Pho is particularly famous for its gigantic statue of the reclining Buddha – but that’s not really the reason why it’s being included in the list.


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Wat Pho included in Unesco programme
Bangkok Post, 18 March 2008

Wat Pho marble inscriptions given historic listing by Unesco
Bangkok Post, 19 March 2008
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