Bogota: The 14th Session of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee inscribed Indonesia's Pencak Silat on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The meeting was held in Bogota, Colombia, on Thursday, December 12, 2019
The UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee views the preservation of the Pencak Silat Tradition as showing aspects that encourage respect, fraternity and social cohesion, not only in one region, but also nationally and even internationally.
Inclusion of the Pencak Silat Tradition in UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List is a form of international recognition of the importance of the martial arts of Indonesian ancestors which have been passed down from generation to generation and are still developing today.
"Indonesia has a strong commitment to always preserve pencak silat, including through education of pencak silat which not only focuses on sports and martial arts aspects, but also as part of art and culture," said the Director for Socio-Cultural Affairs and International Organization of Developing Countries Kama Pradipta.
With the acknowledgement of Pencak Silat as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, Indonesia has 10 (ten) intangible cultural heritages included in UNESCO's list, namely Wayang, Batik, Batik training, Angklung, Saman Dance, Noken, Three Genres of Bali Dance Tradition, Pinisi and Pencak Silat.