Visitors Still Not Allowed to Climb Up Borobudur Temple: Minister

Diana Mariska
Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Indonesia
Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Indonesia - Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno said his office is still deliberating the rule to re-allow visitors to climb up the Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, as government wishes to prioritize preservation effort.

As of now, Uno said authorities have yet to allow visitors to climb the temple because the decision must be made very carefully and considers the protection aspect.

“We’re still deliberating [the rule] because we don’t want to neglect the conservation aspect,” he said on Saturday, December 17, as reported by Antara.

Uno also revealed that a rule which limits the number of visitors on Borobudur Temple to 1,200 people per day will also be in place. However, he restated that such rule is still being discussed by the temple’s management and conservation agency.

Once it’s finalized, a cross-ministry decision can hopefully be formulated.

“From the conservation aspect, it’s currently being recalculated. There is indeed a limit of around 1,200 people per day who can go onto the temple. This has yet to be confirmed as well how the pattern and the obstacles will be," he said.

The minister lastly predicted that tourists will be able to start climbing the temple again in the second quarter of 2023.

“What’s confirmed is that there’s no tariff as suggested previously,” Uno said.

In June, president director of the Borobudur, Prambanan, and Ratu Boko (Persero) Tourism Parks Edy Setijono explained that to climb Borobudur Temple, domestic and local tourists would have to pay Rp 750,000 and US$100, respectively.

"The regular ticket price is still the same for domestic tourists, Rp 50,000, and for foreign tourists, it's $25 dollars. These tickets will only be valid only for the temple’s ground area," Setijono said on June 5, 2022. 

At the time, he said decision on the ticket price had been determined through coordination meeting with the central government. The adjusted price was also reportedly applied to enforce quota for visitors.  

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