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Japanese Aid to Conserve Tanah Lot

Soft Loan to Help Preserve Coastal Area Around Famous Temple.

(10/29/2001) The informative weekly e-zine Tourism & Business Strategic Communication published by Ms. Wuryastuti Sunario (e-mail: strategy@cabi.net.id) reported last week (10/26) that the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JIBC) has extended a soft loan for Rp. 66.5 billion (US$ 6.65 million) to conserve the eroding coastlines around Bali's Pura Tanah Lot.

The formalization of the loan agreement was announced by Mr. Masaya Fujiwara, the Economic Consul at the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta. Over the past five years the Japanese government has provided Rp. 800 billion in loans for shoreline conservation in Bali, covering the areas of Nusa Dua, Kuta, Sanur and Tanah Lot.

Pura Tanah Lot is perhaps Bali's most photographed temple, located on a rock promontory just off Bali's western coast. Dating from the 16th century, the temple was once connected to the mainland by a natural arch bridge believed to have collapsed after a massive earthquake in 1917.

 

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