An increasing number of tourists will be visiting the
eastern Indonesian city of Ambon, Maluku, to see the world peace gong,
dedicated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in November last year.
Maluku Culture and Tourism Office spokesperson Florence
Sahusilawane said on Tuesday the
gong had attracted a lot of domestic and
"I have been informed by Swiss-bell Hotel that more
tourists from Australia and Canada will come to Ambon next month to see the
world peace gong," Sahusilawane said in Ambon as quoted by Antara.
Sahusilawane said the 34th world peace gong was set up in
the center of Ambon city to show that the area was safe for tourists to visit.
According to Sahusilawane, the world peace gong was set up
in Maluku provincial city of Ambon instead of Indonesian capital on
consideration that the province has been safe and peaceful after being wrecked
by a three-year sectarian violence from 1999 to 2002.
"The world peace gong in Ambon will tell the world that
Maluku is safe and peaceful, and therefore both domestic and foreign tourists
can visit the province anytime," Sahusilawane said.