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Better Security at Besakih Temple

Steps Taken to Remedy Extortion of Visitors at Bali Most Sacred Shrine.

(11/8/2004) Karangasem Regency tourism officials have issued special identity badges to "official guides" on duty at Bali Pura Besakih in order to reduce complaints of extortion from tourist visitors to Bali's Mother Temple.

A total 322 guide badges have been issued by tourism officials and shirts made of traditional endik cloth has been given to the 146 fully licensed to work at the temple. The fully licensed guides have completed a formal training program.

Visitors to Pura Besakih have been asked by local officials to use only the services of guides fully licensed to work at the location, identifiable by displaying both identity badges and the wearing of an official uniform made of endik.

Visitors to Pura Besakih frequently complain to tourism officials about aggressive behavior from "local guides" demanding money from visitors to the location.