(CNN) – Visiting the world’s largest Buddhist temple is going to be expensive.
Under the new rules, foreigners will always need to have local guides with them when visiting Borobudur. There were also plans to launch electric shuttle buses for tourists to and from the temple.
“We are working to create new jobs in the region while fostering a sense of belonging in the region so that a sense of responsibility towards historic sites can flourish in the younger generation of the future,” Luhut said.
“We are taking this [steps] Just to preserve the rich history and culture of the archipelago. ”
Sunrise over the ancient Borobudur Temple in the province of Central Java, Indonesia.
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Borobudur, located near the city of Yogakarta in the Indonesian province of Central Java, is believed to have been built in the 9th century and has been preserved by several restorations. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 and attracts thousands of visitors every day before the epidemic hits.
The temple is a notable example of Javanese Buddhist architecture, with nine stacked platforms at the top by a magnificent central dome surrounded by Buddha statues.
Borobudur is often compared to Angkor Wat, another elaborate religious site. The Cambodian temple complex has a different style and history, but all foreigners are required to be accompanied by government-licensed guidelines and periodically increase ticket prices for non-Cambodians.
Stuart MacDonald, co-founder of Travelfish, a travel website about Southeast Asia, published that foreign tourists are responsible for only a “small minority” of visitors to Borobudur. “The significance of this price increase has come out of the blue and is considered somewhat worse,” McDonald said.
“Borobudur is a major attraction in Indonesia and is frequently cited as a highlight of Java … so one should be careful not to overstate the importance of foreign tourists for Borobudur’s financial viability.
“It simply came to our notice then [whether] Foreign tourists will either reduce their time in Yogyakarta, or completely remove the city from their travel plans, “he continued.” I will cautiously say yes. The effect of the ripples can be significant. “
During the Vesak Day celebrations, a Buddhist monk takes a picture of a Buddha statue in the Borobudur temple.
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But will Borobudur see the same effect?
Locals working in the surrounding area like Aade Vijasto suspect him. “Rising ticket prices will prevent people from just visiting Borobudur,” Ade, a travel guide, told CNN, adding that many Borobudur guides have already lost large amounts of revenue due to the shortage of tourists during the epidemic.
“Many of us are still recovering,” he said. “We thought the reopening of Borobudur would be good news, but [the government] It’s just that things got worse. ”