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Sawahlunto named world heritage site

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Padang   /   Mon, July 8 2019   /  12:57 am
Historical inheritance: Museum Goedang Ransoem in Sawahlunto, West Sumatra, is a critical part of the city’s history. It was used as a public kitchen to serve coal miners during the Dutch colonial era.(JP/ Syofiardi Bachyul Jb)(JP/ Syofiardi Bachyul Jb)

Historical inheritance: Museum Goedang Ransoem in Sawahlunto, West Sumatra, is a critical part of the city’s history. It was used as a public kitchen to serve coal miners during the Dutch colonial era.(JP/ Syofiardi Bachyul Jb)The Ombilin coal mine in Sawahlunto, West Sumatra, the “oldest coal mining town in Southeast Asia”, has been named a World Heritage site by UNESCO.Sawahlunto Culture and Historical Preservation Agency head Rahmat Gino said the evaluation process for the coal mine went smoothly during the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee, which commenced on June 30. “In addition to Indonesia, there were 20 other countries that supported the nomination,” Rahmat told The Jakarta Post on Saturday, about two hours before the committee unanimously agreed to officially name Sawahlunto’s historic coal mine a World Heritage site. This year’s World Heritage Committe...