Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said in a statement on Friday (05/05) that Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple in Magelang, Central Java, should be thought of and treated not only as a tourist destination but also as a “living museum.”
“Borobudur is a ‘big library’ of past civilizations. Its thousands of relief panels contain so much of our history,” the minister said.
Borobudur occupies 2,500 square meters of land, is decorated with 2, 672 relief panels and has more than 600 Buddha statues.
The director of Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko Temple Tourism Park Edy Setijono said he has planned a series of events to get visitors to learn more about Indonesia’s ancient history by studying the relief panels every year.
“Borobudur should be an inspiration for every civilization,” he added.
The Tourism Ministry will soon establish a Tourism Authority Agency (BOP) and include Borobudur as part of a special authorized tourism zone to try to attract more visitors.
“In essence, the area will be turned into a special economic tourism zone,” Minister Arief said.