Three countries confirm to take part in Indonesia's Borobudur festival

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-19 21:05:17|Editor: ying
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JAKARTA, June 19 (Xinhua) -- China, Japan and the Netherlands have confirmed that they would send delegations to Indonesia's upcoming cultural event of 2017 Borobudur International Festival (BIF) slated for July 28 to 30, an official at the tourism ministry said here.

The festival, which would be held around Borobudur, a world famous Buddhist temple in Central Java province's city of Magelang, would showcase cultural attractions of participating countries.

Exhibition of ancient artifacts would also be featured during the three-day festival.

Domestic Tourism Deputy Minister Esthy Reko Astuti said the event was expected to further boost visitors to the province's prominent destination.

"During the 3-day event, we expect the festival would be catered for at least 1,000 foreign visitors and thousands others of domestic ones," Esthy said here on Monday.

She added that Borobudur Temple was visited by 3.7 million foreign and domestic visitors last year, higher than 3.5 million ones a year earlier.

Borobudur Temple was built in 8th to 9th centuries during the reign of ancient Syailendra dynasty.

The temple and its 25 hectare compounds are enlisted as one of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Heritage.