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Huge Renovations Set To Save Popular Bali Temple 

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Major renovations will soon be underway to save one of Bali’s most famous and spiritually significant temples.

Uluwatu Temple, which has been perched at the edge of the cliff for centuries, is in an increasingly precarious position and there are cracks in the cliffside below. 

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Officials in Badung Regency have confirmed that major renovation works will get underway next month to save Pura Luhur Uluwatu.

The iconic temple stands as a frontier against the elements, and the project is set to cost IDR 82 billion. 

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The Head of the Water Resources (SDA) Division of the Badung Regency Public Works and Spatial Planning (PUPR) Department, AA Rama Putra, said this initiative aims to overcome the impact of the impact of waves, which have the potential to further damage the cliff structure.

Putra explained to reporters that this is an anticipatory project ordered by the Badung Regent, I Nyoman Giri Prasta. 

Putra explained, “We are focusing on making revetments such as wave safety fortifications and inspecting roads to facilitate material delivery.”

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He added that the plan is to start submitting documents for auction this week. “In two months (estimated in May), we will start taking action for the next seven months.”

The project management team is being careful to design routes to the temple itself and the construction preparation area in such a way that does not disturb worshippers and tourists visiting the temple.

While Pura Luhur Uluwatu spans a huge complex and the temple on the cliff edge is reserved for worshippers only, tourists can visit much of the area known as the ‘outer tourism area.”

To further avoid disturbances, the road that runs past Nyang Nyang Beach will also be used to access the construction site. Putra also guaranteed that during the construction process, the situation around the temple would remain safe and accessible to visitors. 

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While the work will save Uluwatu Temple from one day falling into the ocean, Putra and his teams have conducted assessments and note that these cracks in the cliff have been present since the 1970s and have not gotten any worse since 2019. 

The Pecatu Traditional Village Head, I Made Sumerta, told reporters, “We pray together, and hopefully, there will be no landslides or corrosion, let alone at this holy place.”

“There is no reduction in carrying out prayers inside Utama Mandala, which can accommodate up to 40 people [the temple on the cliff edge]. If the damage increases, worshippers can use the area in Madya Mandala, which can accommodate up to 500 people.”


Uluwatu Temple is one of the most popular temples for tourists to visit in Bali.

Aside from being situated in such a stunning location, tourists visit the temple to observe the now world-famous troop of macaques that call the area home.

The macaques, like those at the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, have become very habituated to human presence, and this is showing in their behavior.


They have learned that if they steal something from a human, whether that be glasses, a phone, a bag, or anything they can get their hands on, they will be bribed with food to return it. They’ve learned to barter.

Tourists are encouraged to keep all valuables well concealed and not to bring any food into the area. 


Other must-visit cultural attractions in Uluwatu include the GWK Cultural Park. This is the attraction best known for being home to the huge Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue that can be seen for miles around the island.

The GWK Cultural Park is also the only place where tourists can watch the Kecak Garuda Wisnu dance. It is a mesmerizing fusion of two iconic Balinese traditions – the Kecak dance and the Ogoh-ogoh parade; certainly not to be missed. 

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Tuesday 9th of April 2024

Southern Bali has been suffering from coastal erosion/abrasion over the last 50 years with parts of Kuta beach pulled back 30 meter.

Some of the erosion/abrasion is manmade from large projects like the airport and reclamation changing current flow.

Building on cliff edges as seen in Pecatu and Nusa Penida is risky and should be prohibited, but as this is Bali; anything goes.

Wayan Bo

Tuesday 9th of April 2024

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