A treasure of Rama V

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via The Nation, 02 November 2018: Exhibition at the Queen Sirikit Textile Museum showcases royal textiles from the Javanese court.

The batik collection of King Chulalongkorn from the central Javanese principalities of Yogyakarta and Surakarta allures with distinctive shades of blue and brown and even some “forbidden motifs” reserved for the nobility.

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Four destinations in Yogyakarta to be revamped

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via Jakarta Post, 25 March 2018: Travel links from the new Yogyakarta airport to to attractions like Borobudur to be improved.

The Yogyakarta provincial administration will improve a number of travel destinations located between the new Yogyakarta International Airport in Kulon Progo and Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java.

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Obama’s visit to Borobudur

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Former US President Obama visited Borobudur last week with much fanfare, and it was nice of him to leave a positive note about the continued preservation of the site.

Moreover, Obama also calls for the preservation of the 9th-century Buddhist temple.

Source: Obama calls for preservation of Borobudur Temple – News – The Jakarta Post

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Yogyakarta to build a volcano archaeology centre

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A new study centre on the archaeology of volcanoes will be built in Yogyakarta, to study the effects of the eruptions of Mount Merapi on local communities.

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Yogyakarta to build volcano archaeology study center
Jakarta Post, 28 July 2015

Yogya to establish learning center for volcanology, archaeology
Jakarta Post, 30 July 2015

The government is set to build a volcano archaeology study center from which people can get information about the history of temples buried by Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta, a culture conservation official has said.

“People can learn from the study center that Mt. Merapi’s eruptions have had an impact on local communities since thousands of years ago,” Wahyu Astuti, the head of cultural heritage protection, development and exploitation division at the Cultural Heritage Preservation Agency (BPCB) Yogyakarta, told thejakartapost.com, on Tuesday.

She said the government planned to build the volcano archaeology study center on the Kedulan Temple complex in Kedulan village, Tirtomartani, Sleman.

Kedulan Temple, a Hindu temple which is around 7 meters high and covers an area of 144 square meters, was built around 9 AD. The temple which has three ‘perwara’ or literary means ‘companion’ temples on its east side is located around 25 kilometers in southern side of Mt.Merapi.

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Gold artefacts from Indonesian museum stolen

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A case where 80 gold artefacts were stolen from a museum in Yogyakarta have been referred to Interpol, as it is believed that the artefacts have been smuggled out of the country and sold.

Gold artefacts stolen; Interpol assistance requested
Jakarta Post, 21 January 2011

Pencurian Koleksi Emas Sonobudoyo Gelap
Kompas.com, 11 January 2011
(In Bahasa Indonesia)
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