(CNN) – A visit to the world’s largest Buddhist temple is about the price.
According to the new rules, foreigners must be accompanied by a local guide at all times when visiting Borobudur. It is also planned to introduce electric car rides for visitors to travel around the temple and nearby areas.
“We are doing this to create innovation and grow the sense of this country that we can continue the sense of responsibility for historic sites at a young age in the future. , “said Luhut.
“We’re taking this [steps] for the preservation of the economic and cultural history of the island. ”
Sunrise over the ancient temple of Borobudur in central Java, Indonesia.
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Located near the city of Yogyakarta in Central Java, Indonesia, Borobudur is believed to have been built in the 9th century and has been preserved through some modern architecture. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 and attracted tens of thousands of visitors each day before the outbreak of the disease.
With nine steps supported by a large dome surrounded by sitting Buddha statues, the temple is a famous example of Javanese Buddhist architecture.
Borobudur is often compared to another religious site, Angkor Wat. Cambodian temples are unique in nature and history, but some require all foreigners to accompany government -licensed guides and increase ticket prices for non -Cambodians.
Stuart McDonald, founder of Travelfish, a travel website based on Southeast Asia, described Borobudur’s visitors as only a “small minority”. “The seriousness of this price hike has come out of the blue and is perceived as negative,” McDonald said.
“Borobudur is important in Indonesia and it is often said to be an important part of Java … so one should be wary of increasing the importance of other tourists to Borobudur’s financial value.
“The bigger question is probably [whether] Foreign tourists will either reduce their time in Yogyakarta, or completely move the city away from their travel itinerary, “he continued.” The ripple effect may be significant. “
A Buddhist monk takes a picture of a Buddha image at the Borobudur temple during a celebration of Vesak day.
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But will Borobudur see the same result?
Residents are skeptical of working nearby, according to Ade Wijasto. “Rising ticket prices will only prevent people from visiting Borobudur,” Ade, a tour guide, told CNN, adding that many Borobudur leaders have gone missing. amount of revenue due to lack of visitors during illness.
“A lot of us are alive,” he said. “We thought the reopening of Borobudur was good news, however [the government] it just messed things up. ”