25.04.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Supports The Borobudur Cultural Heritage Specialist Guide Workshop at Borobudur from 23 to 24 April, 2014

©The Borobudur Conservation Office of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture

In the context of the Cultural Heritage Specialist Guides (CHSG) Programme developed by UNESCO, the Borobudur Conservation Office of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture conducted a workshop on Borobudur Cultural Heritage Specialist Guides at Manohara Hotel, Borobudur Temple Compounds. The two-day workshop was organized from 23 to 24 April, 2014 and involved around 35 participants.

The workshop brought together a number of different stakeholders including guides from the Indonesian Tourist Guide Association as well as staff from Borobudur Conservation Office, PT. Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko, and the Ministry of Education & Culture. The workshop was officially opened by Mr. Iskandar Siregar from the Borobudur Conservation Office who highlighted the importance of the tourist Guides to understand and apply the knowledge gained through the six training modules given during the workshop.  

Mr. Masanori Nagaoka, the Head of the Culture Unit at UNESCO Jakarta, opened the first session of the workshop with a presentation on the “The Role of Cultural Heritage Specialist Guides at Borobudur”. Mr. Nagaoka gave an overview of the core modules of the CHSG which focus on issues concerning tourism at UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The six units include: The Cultural Heritage Specialist Guide; Understanding UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Understanding and Protecting Cultural Heritage; Guiding Visitors at Heritage Sites (Heritage Interpretation and Influencing Visitor Behavior and Experience); and Sharing the Benefits. The presentation included a combination of a lecture and interactive practical exercises in which participants drew on their own knowledge and experience for the training.  

The session attracted interest from the audience and involved constructive discussions especially on how the tourist guides can play a role to support the community around the Borobudur Temple. The rest of the workshop covered topics such as World Heritage and Borobudur Temple Compounds, Protection & Conservation of Borobudur Temple as World Cultural Heritage, Management of World Cultural Heritage, Role of Guides in Giving Advantages to the Community, Visitors Ethics in Visiting World Heritage, as well as Interpretation and Presentation Techniques. Besides UNESCO, the speakers came from the Borobudur Conservation Office, Ministry of Education & Culture and Gadjah Mada University.

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