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Governor Calls to Restrict Tourist Access to Sacred Places and Balinese Temples

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has voiced his support for limiting access to religious sites and temples in Bali.

“For a long time, I have said that tourists should not be allowed to enter religious temples. But unfortunately, we (the Balinese) invite the tourists to enter. If we let them, they pay. It doesn’t have to be like this. I agree if tourists are forbidden to enter into temples, especially the ‘mandala utama’ (innermost sanctum),” explained the Governor, as quoted from Bali Discovery.

In the past, the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) has stated their desire to limit visits by tourists to sacred areas and temples. For this reason, the DPRD-Bali has taken the initiative to begin drafting regional rules regarding tourist visits to sacred places and temples.

A Member of Commission III of the DPRD-Bali, Ida Bagus Padakusuma, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, said limitation of visits by tourists on holy places is much needed. Padakusuma said that, in fact, there have long been rules forbidding who is not allowed into sacred areas of a temple. He said new rules clarifying the situation need to be put in place.

Recent pictures of tourists posing while sitting on the inner altar of a Balinese Temple in Nusa Ceningan has raised comment and anger among many local Balinese.

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