News | Thursday, May 31, 2012 | sundanesecorner.org
Several Sundanese figures, including scholars, will gather in Bandung on Saturday morning, June 2nd, to discuss ancient temple compound of Batujaya. The discussion will be organized by Padjadjaran University (Unpad) in collaboration with Centre for Sundanese Studies (PSS), and it will take place at Unpad campus in the city. It is open for public.
Those who will present their papers on the subject are University of Indonesia’s archaeologist Dr. Hasan Djafar, geographer T. Bachtiar, and former Kompas journalist Her Suganda. West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan along with his colleagues are also expected by the organizers to join the forum.
The aim of this forum is to promote the ancient temple compound to the world. Participants of this forum will make a statement on the significance of promoting Batujaya as a world heritage.
Batujaya is an ancient Sundanese sacred compound in West Java, some 50 kilometers to the north of the city of Karawang. It was dated back to 6th to 10th century, which was the era of the well-known Tarumanagara Kingdom. For the last few years, following several archaeological findings resulted from the excavations at the compound, more and more people, especially Sundanese, have been expressing their concerns on the preservation of this ancient site.