Ombilin Coal Mine to be Listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage
On July 5, 2019, the Ombilin coal mining site in Sawahlunto, West Sumatra will be designated as world cultural heritage at the UNESCO 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan.
According to Director of Heritage and Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministry of Education and Culture Nadjamuddin Ramly, the former Dutch colonial mine will be designated as Indonesia's 5th world cultural heritage, along with the Borobudur Temple Area in Magelang, Prambanan Temple Area in Klaten, Sangiran Ancient Human Site in Sragen and Karanganyar, and the Water Distribution Equity System (Subak) for Agriculture in Bali.
Sawahlunto as tourist destination has a strong historical value as the first coal mining city in Indonesia during the Dutch era, surrounded by panoramic view of West Sumatera green mountains. This international recognition will increase trust, credibility and calibration for tourist destinations in Indonesia.
Source: Media Indonesia