A cleaned-up Borobudur to be ready by new year

The head of the Borobudur Heritage Conservation Association reports that the cleanup of the ancient monument will be completed in time for the new year.

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Borobudur Can Be Visited In New Year’s Holiday
Bernama, 29 November 2010

Borobudur temple, which was covered by Merapi ashes several days ago, was ready for being visited by tourists in New Year’s holiday, Indonesia’s Antara news agency quoted the Head of Borobudur Heritage Conservation Association Marsis Sutopo as saying here Sunday.

“We have targeted that volcanic ashes and sand can be cleared from the temple by mid-December. Therefore, in the New Year’s holiday, the guests can come to see Borobudur and step onto its 10th floor,” he said.

As a result of Mount Merapi’s eruptions, the volcanic ashes and sand covered Borobudur temple with a thickness of 2.5 centimeters.

The Borobudur Garden Tourism was closed during the ash rain due to the volcano’s eruptions from October to early November, he said.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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