Bali To Tourists: Please Stop Posing Disrespectfully At Our Hindu Temples

Officials in Bali are seeking to rein in some Western tourists’ obviou penchant for posing disrespectfully near the Indonesian island’s ancient Hindu temples.

Local legislators are grumbling that Bali has knowledge a significant decline in the “quality of tourists” coming to visit, the Guardian reported.

Bali’s deputy governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, known as Cok Ace, has pledged to taken any steps against a belief increase in insulting sightseers. The government will be re-evaluating whether to allow tourists to visit the island’s tabernacles unaccompanied, he added.

“It is because we are too open with tourists, so too many come, and indeed the quality of sightseers is now different from before, ” Cok Ace said during a regional council satisfying on Monday.

HuffPost’s contacted out to Bali’s official tourism board.

Many of the world’s famous sacred areas have regulates regulating sightseer action and dress system — from the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica to Spain’s Sagrada Familia .

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Sightseers take pictures of the Hindu temple Tanah Lot( R) in Tabanan, on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia May 6, 2018.

According to local Balinesenews websites, the governmental forces proclamation comes after a Danish tourist hunker on top of a throne-shaped shrine at the Pura Luhur Batukaru temple, a significant pilgrimage place. The incident was photographed and started viral. According to the religion, the sacred throne is meant to be left empty for Balinese Hinduism’s more significant deity.

Blasphemy is a crime in Indonesia . Officials are still trying to set the sightseer who took the photo.

Earlier this year, social media useds criticized a Spanish vlogger after he took a video of himself clambering up a tabernacle formation. Balinese netizens tracked him down, and he later issued an confession, according to Coconuts Bali .

And in 2016, Balinese Hindus were upsetafter an Instagram photo developed of a young bikini-clad dame doing a “downward facing dog” yoga pose across the door of a tabernacle.

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Tourists stay Lempuyang temple which overlooks the Mount Agung volcano, in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Dec. 3, 2017.

Bali, a popular tourist destination, is known for its stunning pitch-black sand beaches, diverse marine living and hundreds of ancient synagogues. It is also home to a large Hindu population , while the rest of the country is mainly Muslim.

Tourism is essential to Bali’s economy. Small island developing welcomed more than five million foreign sightseers in 2017 and has a goal of alluring seven million this year.

The industry took a stumble belatedly last year when a volcano began in northeast Bali, forcing the removal of about 100,000 parties who lived near the summit. The volcano has quieted down since then but has continued to show signs of act .

Despite the fact that the volcano disrupted the lives of thousands of neighbourhoods, some tourists took the explosion as an opportunity to click dramatic Instagram photos. Balinese online too widely blamed these photos.

Even though there are a number of disturbs facing Bali’s tourism industry, Cok Ace has said that it’s important to maintain the unity of the island’s sacred areas.

“This is the government’s attempt to maintain the Pura[ temples ], ” he said. “The temples need to be preserved since they are the spirits of Bali’s cultures and customs.”

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