The majestic view of Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta. (Shutterstock/File)
The opening of the ninth Jogja International Heritage Walk was conducted in Yogyakarta on Nov. 18. This was an event that combined walking and cultural activities
A total of 7,500 people, 285 of them were overseas tourists took part in the main event that was held on Nov. 19. These international tourists came from countries such as Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Austria, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Russia, China, Taiwan, the United States and Canada.
Additionally, Indonesia is the only ASEAN country that is listed as a member of the International Marching League (IML).
Jogja Heritage Walk was divided into three categories: five kilometers, 10 kilometers and 20 kilometers. Participants had to walk past several temples such as Kedulan, Sari, Sambisari and Prambanan as well as other tourist sites like Silik Bridge in Karantengah Hamlet, Kedungmiri, Sriharjo and Oya Bridge.
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The event also had other supporting activities namely Family Fun Walk, Coloring and Umbrella Painting competitions and an educational trip by the Medang Heritage Society and Hompimpa Kampung Dolanan Anak.
Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X said that the event does not only promoted a healthy lifestyle but also encouraged interaction between people from different backgrounds and helped in strengthening the tourism sector in Yogyakarta.
“We hope that this [event] can become one of the tourist events and bring in more tourists to increase the country’s foreign exchange,” told Sri Sultan. (asw)
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