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Jakarta Post

Solo declares itself 'Spirit of Java'

  • Blotank Poer and Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta   /   Thu, October 30 2008   /  10:32 am

A center of Javanese culture and a modern heritage city adaptable to change: This is the vision of Surakarta in the future, as declared during a meeting of residents from a range of social groups. Among those participating in the meeting, which marked the last round of events at the World Heritage Cities (WHC) conference, were artisans, businesspeople, traders, officials and cultural observers. The group concluded that Surakarta, also known as Solo, retained enough cultural heritage and Javanese tradition to be a great city. A speaker in the forum, Gadjah Mada University archaeologist Timbul Haryono said that, culturally speaking, Surakarta had a glorious heritage inherited from the Surakarta sultanate and Dutch colonial rule. "Everything that is available in Surakarta must be identified and everyone must be told about it," he said. Another ...