The Regency of Klungkung has recently ordered its tourism service to increase the admission price charged tourists entering the popular "Kertha Gosa – Hall of Justice" located in heart of Semarapura.
Effective May 1, 2009, adults entering the ”Kerhta Gosa" complex must pay Rp. 12,000 (US$1.10) and Rp. 6,000 (US$0.55) for children.
The new policy more than doubles the old admission price and applies equally to both domestic and foreign visitors.
According to DenPost, the new pricing policy is meeting with some criticism from local tour guides who complain the admission price is the highest for any tourism object in Bali and higher than the Rp. 10,000 charged for people visiting Bali's Mother Temple of Besakih. Guide have also complained that their guests are now compelled to wear sarongs when entering Kertha Gosa, a policy questioned due to the fact that the complex is not generally considered sacred.
The Kertha Gosa complex houses relics and buildings dating from one of Bali's great kingdoms and is composed of a Bale Kambang, the Kertha Gosa hall of justice and the Semara Jaya Museum..
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