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Governor Confirms Plans To Build Huge New Tourism Cultural Centre In East Bali

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Bali is seeking to establish new ways to preserve and promote traditional culture.

As tourism continues to boom on the island, the provincial government is keen to ensure that tourists have a wide range of destinations to choose from.

For decades there have been calls for tourism development to be more evenly distributed around the island. 

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It seems that a new cultural center that will be built in East Bali may just be the solution that local communities, businesses, and the local government have been looking for.

Bali’s Governor Koster has this week confirmed that a new cultural center will be built in Klungkung Regency. 

The facility, which will be known as the Bali Cultural Centre, will be built in the former Gunaksa Quarry and will be funded through an interest-free loan from the central government as part of the National Economic Recovery Program. 

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Governor Koser announced this week, “With this program, the Provincial Government of Bali has a new, broad, and very strategic assist, namely the Bali Cultural Centre area, [which will span] an area of 326 hectares.”

The Bali Cultural Centre will be a huge new development that will be built in three strategic sones. The Core Zone will span over 43 hectares and feature fifteen performing arts facilities and twelve thematic museums, each dedicated to a unique part of Balinese culture and history. 

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The Supporting Zone will be built over 128 hectares of land and include tourism facilities like hotels, restaurants, an auditorium, a new venue for the Bali International Convention Center, Bali Exhibition Centre, a shopping center, a series of apartment buildings including assisted living quarters, a hospital, and a golf course.

The Buffer Zone will take up approximately 166 hectares of land and be used for all supporting infrastructure for the incredible new tourism and cultural center. 

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Governor Koster continued, “The Bali Cultural Center area will become a new tourist attraction and a new center of economic growth.

The management of this is in collaboration with third parties…[and we have] obtained a minimum fund of IDR 1.2 trillion which will be used to build facilities in the Core Zone. So it doesn’t burden the regional budget.”


Governor Koster feels that the new Bali Cultural Centre will have a positive impact on the island as a whole, not only in Klungkung Regency.

During the announcement of the new project, he revealed how the center will create positive impacts for communities and the economy in the neighboring regencies of Gianyar, Karangasem, and Bangli. 

It is clear that over the next 5-10 years, new tourist resorts and destinations will emerge in a more diverse set of locations around Bali.

At the moment, the majority of tourism activity is concentrated in the south of the island, in Badung Regency. The area is home to popular resorts like Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Canggu, Uluwatu, and Nusa Dua. 


Klungkung Regency is a relatively small area that is divided across mainland Bali, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan.

The Nusa Islands are at present the leading tourism destination in Klungkung Regency and are too about to be in receipt of a huge amount of tourism development funding. 

Nusa Penida is one of the most in-demand tourism destinations in Bali right now.

The island welcomes thousands of visitors every day, and in light of recent tragedies, leaders on the island have committed to improving safety for tourists. 


One way leaders are improving safety and upgrading tourism infrastructure on Nusa Penida is through the development of a glass elevator and viewing platforms on the cliffside of Kelingking Beach.

At present, the walkway down to the iconic beach is treacherous, to say the least. The local community and regency government have partnered with a Chinese investment company to create a new tourist attraction that they feel will improve tourists’ experience of the island and improve public safety. 

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J West

Thursday 24th of August 2023

50 years ago these "cultural events" would be discovered either accidentally or by invitation as an honored guest. It was Bali as a unique environment that drew us. It's the similarity to Disneyland that keeps us from coming back.


Monday 21st of August 2023

The destruction of Bali is real.


Sunday 20th of August 2023

You've still got to feed them and provide all the concomitant services. Where's the plan, provision and funds for that?


Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

@Elise, Not me Elise I'm supporting neither. The saving thing will be offshore investors doing due diligence and pulling out. If the Orange Idiot with his 'pull' couldn't get the Nirvana development up and running at a prime site, what chance theme parks at Buleleng and Klung Klung? As I've said before it's not about building a tourist trap. It's about getting control of prime waterfront land.


Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

@Elise, It sounds like just another Koster Brain Fart. Add this to the 'Disneyland' theme park near Gilimanuk......Seems here due diligence is defined as 'that's a great idea!' There's also the almost unshakeable belief that if you build it, they'll come. Also we know what you want better than you do. Why bother to poll or canvas the current and potential tourists.


Monday 21st of August 2023

@Shorty, how to further destroy your island.

I am shocked.

Too sad to ever return. You are turning bali into a theme park.

Tony Manusama

Sunday 20th of August 2023

Better invest in new solustions for a better regional landfill..when the landfill Suwung close soon..than we have big problems i collecting daily waste when now the tourism visitors its growing,and lot illegal dumping locations from daily waste in Bali


Monday 21st of August 2023

@Tony Manusama, The waste collection and treatment system is in chaos. Apart from Suwung debacle Denpasar just had to close 2 new plants due to foul smell from burning the waste. Thousands of complaints I guess. Nothing of their ideas work.

From detik dot com: "The TPST has been closed since July 23 because residents complained about the strong smell of garbage. During the closure, the waste normally received by the TPST Kesiman Kertalangu was temporarily sent to the Suwung TPA.

According to Andrean, one of the causes of the smell at the Kesiman Kertalangu TPST is because the collected waste has not been separated into organic and non-organic. He said Bali did not yet have a good waste sorting system."



Sunday 20th of August 2023

So how do we get there in under 4 hrs?