One hundred percent of would-be visitors have cancelled their trips because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, according to the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA).
Due to security and safety reasons, many tourists have postponed or canceled their visits. The steady stream of cancellations began after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first cases of COVID-19 in the country. In early March, the cancellation and rescheduling rates rose to 15 to 20 percent and 50 to 70 percent, respectively.
Prambanan and Ratu Boko temples in Yogyakarta reopened to tourists on Wednesday under COVID-19 health protocols. The 9th century Prambanan temple, for instance, limits the number of visitors to 20 percent of normal capacity, or around 1,500 people per day. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.
“We provide 500 online and 1,000 on-site tickets,” director of PT Taman Wisata Candi (TWC) Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko Temples Edi Setijono told tempo.co.
Visitors to both temples are prohibited from bringing food, with the exception of baby food. Meals can be purchased in certain areas, while hand-washing facilities, a clinic and ambulances are provided for emergencies. Children and pregnant women are allowed to enter as long as they wear a face mask, maintain physical distancing and wash their hands with soap during the visit.
Edi noted that some visitors were still unaware of the health protocols upon arrival. The administration, COVID-19 special task force and an internal unit from PT TWC will observe the first week of the reopening for evaluation.
At Prambanan temple, visitors can expect to see three major temples built for three Gods in Hindu belief: Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma, alongside other temples worth exploring.
Said to be built in the 8th century, Ratu Boko temple is located in a 25-hectare area. It consists of a stone main gate, a fortress, moat, living quarters for princesses, meditation caves and a cremation chamber. At Prambanan temple, visitors can expect to see three major temples built for three Gods in Hindu belief: Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma, alongside other temples worth exploring.
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