Indonesia is the heart of many cultures that even attracts the wold’s attention. This has been proven by the title of ASEAN City of Culture that was bestowed upon Yogyakarta in the 8th meeting of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts (AMCA), which took place recently in the Sleman region of Yogyakarta.
“This is a historic event to see Yogyakarta receive the title of ASEAN City of Culture,” said Ananto Kusuma Seta, the Education and Culture Ministry’s expert staff. “This is an acknowledgment from the ASEAN community.”
The event also marked the change of AMCA chairmanship from Brunei Darussalam to Indonesia. As the next host of the ASEAN AMCA meeting, Indonesia was given the privilege of choosing a city as the ASEAN City of Culture; in this case, Yogyakarta was chosen after consulting with other ASEAN members and is now the fifth city to receive the title.
The title of ASEAN City of Culture indeed fits Yogyakarta. In fact, it wasn’t surprising considering everything that Yogyakarta has to offer, from being the home of many Javanese culture and heritage to traditional food to wayang traditions and traditional buildings. Of course, this includes the renowned Borobudur Temple, which was listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.