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Tourists Welcome To Enjoy This Popular Bali Temple Despite Recent Storm Damage

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Bali has been experiencing a barrage of unseasonable heavy rains over the last few weeks. The shock weather front has caused hundreds of millions of rupiahs worth of damage across the island.

One particularly famous temple in Bali, which is also super popular with tourists, has experienced significant damage.

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Uluwatu Temple is one of the most popular temples for tourists to visit in Bali. Following heavy downpours over the last two weeks, an ancient temple wall collapsed.

Despite the damage to the temple wall, officials say that the area is open to tourists. Tourists can still have a full experience of visiting the temple, and it is safe to explore the area. 

The manager of Uluwatu Temple, I Wayan Wijana, explained the situation to reporters. He said, “Yes, the wall collapsed due to natural factors and wind, also because the wall has been around for a long time.”

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He added that plans to repair the wall are already underway, but in the meantime, it is safe for tourists to explore the temple.

Wijana added, “We have proposed a master plan for the overall repair of all walls. Hopefully, it can be anticipated soon.”

Concluding, ” For the time being, we will continue to protect security and comfort with staff patrols. Then we have installed it with barbed wire fences to make it safe.”

The collapsed wall does not take away from the magical experience of visiting the Uluwatu Temple.

The area where the wall has fallen is towards the back of the temple complex.

Local leaders say that the damage amounts to IDR 50 million and that funding requests have already been submitted to the regency authorities for support. 

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Uluwatu Temple is one of the most popular temples with international tourists in Bali.

Located at the very southern tip of the island, Uluwatu Temple is one of the most significant cultural landmarks in the rapidly developing tourist hotspots. 

Wijana explained that Uluwatu Temple is, in fact, more popular with international tourists than domestic visitors.

The site manager shared, “The visits are still dominated by foreign tourists, with a ratio of 70 percent foreign tourists and 30 percent domestic tourists. That figure has not shifted since 2014.”

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While the demographic split of visitors hasn’t changed much in nearly ten years, the volume of tourists has. Wijana shared details of the number of daily visits to Uluwatu Temple.

He said, “Not 100 percent from before the pandemic, but it’s getting better. I think this is an increase of 60 percent.”

The temple is currently welcoming around 6,000 visitors a day, whereas, in the high season in 2019, the sacred site saw over 11,000 people walk through the gates on a delayed basis. 

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Uluwatu Temple is best known for hosting a daily Kecak performance. The truly magical cultural show is an absolute must for anyone visiting Bali.

The fiery performance tells the story of the Ramayana. While absolutely a traditional Balinese Hindu legend, the Kecak dance was actually first established in the 1930s as a way of sharing Balinese cultural dance and storytelling with foreigners and visitors from outside the culture. 

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Uluwatu Temple is one of the most impressive places in Bali to experience the captivating Kecak dance.

The amphitheater overlooks the ocean, and while the show is currently being performed twice daily, the sunset session is the best time to see the dance. 

Wijana confirmed that the performance is now happening at 6pm and at 7pm every day.

He added, “Because we have a capacity of 1,200 people, now we are holding two performances. Thus because the interest of visitors to watch Kecak is very high. So we did the staging twice, which was also quite full.”

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Tickets to see the Kecak performance is the same for foreign and domestic tourists; IDR 150,000 for adults and IDR 75,000 for children.

Entrance to the Uluwatu Temple is IDR 50,000 for adults and IDR 30,000 for children. 

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Exp

Sunday 16th of July 2023

The temple take in hundreds of million rupiah per day and still they are not spending any money on routine maintainance so temple can sustain a little bit of rainfall?

A shame really. Who is controlling the funds and what are they earmarked for?

Shorty

Wednesday 19th of July 2023

@Exp, When you are this old, perched on top of a cliff, exposed to extreme weather you'll probably suffer damage no matter how good your maintenance. That it's safe to visit is a testament to the authorities given the age and number of tourists

Wayan Bo

Saturday 15th of July 2023

Hopefully no monkey was hurt.

Firechef

Sunday 16th of July 2023

@Wayan Bo, You mean a Native?