Prambanan and Borobudur temples launched as global places of worship

Yogyakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian government has officially launched Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta and Borobudur Temple, Pawon Temple and Mendut Temple in Central Java as global places of worship for Hindus and Buddhists.

“We hope these temples can be places of worship for Hindus and Buddhists in Indonesia and around the world,” Adung Abdul Rochman, special coordinator at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, said at the signing of a memorandum of understanding. agreement in Yogyakarta on Friday.

The four temples were mainly used for research, culture and tourism, he noted. However, with the signing of the MoU, their functions would cover religious rituals, depending on the main reason for their construction, he explained.

Meanwhile, Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X said the agreement on using the four temples as international sites of worship is the actualization of religious moderation, social cohesion and peace. harmony between religious communities in Indonesia.

Therefore, visitors to the temple would not only witness the beautiful elements but also see the worship activities carried out by Hindus and Buddhists, he added.

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According to the governor of Yogyakarta, the use of temples as international places of worship is in accordance with the principles of preserving cultural heritage and does not conflict with the regulations of the Indonesian government and UNESCO.

Indonesian Buddhist Representatives Chairperson Hartati Murdaya hailed the government’s efforts to showcase Borobudur Temple as a national asset that can connect Buddhists around the world.

“I am grateful on behalf of Indonesian Buddhist representatives,” she remarked.

Meanwhile, Hindu community leader AA Ngr. Ari Dwipayana said the use of the four temples for religious purposes would be very meaningful for Hindus as the cultural sites now allow more freedom for worship activities.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Friday in a hybrid format by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Ministry of Public Enterprises (SOE) , the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy as well as the Provincial Governments of Yogyakarta and Central Java.

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