Bali Discriminates? No Complaints, Except – Still – About Besaki!


So the Balinese have plans to charge foreign visitors more when visiting provincial tourist locations?

What’s to object to?

It’s already done at Borobudur.

borobudur-main-entrance Borobudur

And it is, paradoxically, fair.

If Bali wants to make money, it has to price its heritage sites in such a way as to pay for their upkeep. If they charge, say, ten bucks, for everyone, then how can a poor local family afford to see their own country’s cultural heritage? But ten bucks to a Japanese or Aussie tourist is a not unreasonable price to pay.

If the charge for all is fifty cents, which poor Indonesians can afford, it’ll take a lot of foreign visitors to cover proper administration and maintenance of the sites.

Bali people deserve applause for aesthetic appreciation.

In Java, we’ve seen Islamist ignoramuses doing all they can to destroy their own rich history. See – Blasting Borobudur? ISIS, Enemies of Civilisation!  and  https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/ignorant-islamist-bigots-attack-indonesias-heritage-java-statues-wrecked/ 

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patung-bima-purwakarta FUI savages amok in Java

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Sadly, some of the foreigners who visit Bali are as ignorant, though not as moronic, as the FUI malignants.

Sadly, some tourists never go to see any historical or architectural marvels. They go to bars and discos. (I like both, marvels and nightlife!)

The bad side of the Bali news is not the price differential, but, as the head of the revenue section of the Provincial Government, I Made Santha, said “this will (only) be applied at tourist objects owned by the province.”  http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=11617

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 Bajra Sandhi

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The report mentions a couple of those, namely the Monument of the People’s Struggle (Bajra Sandhi) and Taman Budaya, both located in downtown Denpasar.

But I fear that list does NOT include the Great Temple of Besaki.

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PURA-BESAKIH-PURA-TERBESAR-DI-BALI Besaki

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It is a fine sight to see, but almost every visitor I’ve ever met who’s gone there has been appalled by the scavengers who control it, scurvy layabouts who seek to extort tourists of any and every nationality.

The whole area is immersed in a rip-off mentality, all the more offensive since it is a place of worship.

The Governor should clamp down!

http://www.balidiscovery.com.