2024 is already set to be a big year in Bali. With a general election, the introduction of the new tourism tax, and even bigger tourism targets in the pipeline, there will be a lot to keep up with.
For tourists planning their 2024 adventures, one temple in particular is about to get even better.
Uluwatu Temple is one of the most famous and most popular tourist attractions in Bali.
First and foremost, Uluwatu Temple is a place of workshop for Balinese Hindus, yet the temple complex is in high demand with travelers.
Thanks to a recent feature on the BBC’s Planet Earth III, the temple, or rather the temple’s increasingly cheeky monkeys, have been showcased to a whole new audience.
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In anticipation of skyrocketing tourism numbers and in light of the temple’s pretty ancient stature, management teams at Uluwatu Temple have signed off on some huge changes to the tourism infrastructure at the clifftop temple.
Uluwatu Temple, known locally as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, will undergo a series of upgrades to the entrance and surrounding roads in order to make it easier than ever for tourists to come and go.
The improvements to the flow of traffic and the flow of visitors are set to make a trip to Uluwatu Temple easier for tourists, especially at busy times.
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The tourism manager of Uluwatu Temple, I Made Sumerta, told reporters that his team has held a joint meeting with DTW [government-managed tourism attraction] consultants to discuss the arrangement of the area. The upgrades are planned to begin in 2024 and will take a whole year to complete.
Sumerta explained that the new entrance gate at Uluwatu Temple will be built around 60 meters to the left of the current entrance point.
Once the new gate is completed, the plan is to build a meeting point, rest area, children’s play area, and parking for buses, small cars, and motorbikes.
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He added that the new entrance gate is going to have five lanes, with three lanes for large vehicles and cars, one lane for motorbikes, and one VIP lane that will also double as an emergency lane.
Sumerta also confirmed that a dedicated entry point will be built for ceremonial or as they are known locally, sulinggih, activities so that processions and the activities of worshippers are not interfered with by traffic and visitors.
Sumerta said “We hope that with this change, we can create a more organized and comfortable atmosphere for visitors. Apart from that, we want to maximize the use of existing land.”
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Yet there are even more plans in the works at Uluwatu Temple. Many Bali lovers will be on board with a more streamlined entry system, especially those who have experienced firsthand Uluwatu’s mounting traffic issues.
However, there is one more plan in the pipeline that may rustle some feathers.
Ideas are being discussed around the construction of multi-story parking for motorbikes and cars at Uluwatu Temple.
The plan is built upon again with a long-term vision to eliminate the manual parking ticket system in favor of an automatic system similar to the one that is now in place at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport.
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Sumerta said “Especially for motorbike parking, we are proposing a concept like at the airport with a first floor and basement, considering the presence of monkeys around the area. We also recommend multi-level parking for cars so as not to damage the aesthetic.”
The tourism manager confirmed that funding discussions are underway with the Badung Regency Government and that at this moment he could not provide exact figures for how much all these improvements will cost.
He added that land has already been assigned from the Pecatu Traditional Village to make the project a reality.
Sumerta said, “Now a total of there hectares of parking area belonging to the traditional village will be developed, so the position and arrangement must be adjusted again.”
He concluded, “We hope that these innovative steps can provide an effective solution to traffic jams during rush hours and improve the visiting experience for visitors to the DTW Outside Area of Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple.”
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