Kedah hopes to develop Bujang Valley sites for tourism

Sungei Batu, Bujang Valley. Source: The Rakyat Post 20140731

The state government of Kedah expressed hope for the Bujang Valley sites to be developed for tourism by the federal government, bolstered by recent archaeological work in the area.

Sungei Batu, Bujang Valley. Source: The Rakyat Post 20140731
Sungei Batu, Bujang Valley. Source: The Rakyat Post 20140731

Sungai Batu and Bujang Valley need to be developed for tourism
The Rakyat Post, 31 July 2014

The Kedah state government hopes the federal government will expedite the development of Sungai Batu and Bujang Valley in Merbok as heritage-based tourism products, following evidence that the area was the earliest civilization in the region.

The archaeological finding in Sungai Batu and Bujang Valley proved the existence of the oldest civilization in Southeast Asia, which is over 1,900 years old.

The discovery made in 2010 is a premier heritage for Malaysia as many archaeologists believe that it was an older civilization compared with Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the Borobodur Temple in Indonesia.

Full story here.

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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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