28 May 2016

Religious dress code for the famous bat cave

Bali’s famous Pura Goa Lawah, a sacred temple embedded in a cave on the roadside in the East Bali Regency of Klungkung, is introducing modern technology to make sure visitors remain religiously compliant in the way they dress when visit the sacred site. Those in charge of the temple, inhabited by thousands of bats and a large group of snakes, will soon install CCTV cameras to ensure that visitors are wearing the mandatory sarong and waist slash. Those found to without these items will be ushered back to the entrance ticket booth where ritual garb are available on a rental basis. Moreover, tourists seen to be taking pictures inside the temple without wearing a sarong and slash will be required to delete the subject photos. The management of the iconic Goa Lawah Bat Cave in the Bali Regency of Klungkung is proposing that the price of admission tickets to the religious site be increased. The treasurer of the management committee for the tourism object told that the cost of a ticket to visit the site is among the lowest among competing objects in Bali. Kerta Gosa is Rp. 12,000, so we are asking that the government increase our ticket price. Currently, adults are charged Rp. 6,000 and children Rp. 4,000 – a tariff set by the government in 2013. Visitors who do not bring a sarong and sash required to be worn by those visiting the site are charged a rental rate of Rp. 10,000. Regional rules on admission prices at tourism object are generally reviewed only once every five years, which means the cost of admission to Goa Lawah should only be reviewed in 2018. Goa Lawah that is home to a huge colony of bats and pythons is visited by between 75 and 100 visitors each day.

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