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Bali Temples to have Information Centers

Governor Wants Local Experts to Staff Information Centers at Bali's Major Religious Temples.

(2/26/2011) The provincial government of Bali plans to equip its most sacred (Khayangan Jagat and Sad Khayangan) Hindu temples with information centers to assist visiting tourists. Chief among those temples targeted for information centers are the largest religious sites most frequented by visitors, such a Bali's Mother temple of Pura Besakih.

Quoted in Beritabali.com, Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika said on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, that the establishment of information centers is badly needed because many guides are giving incorrect information to tourists. This particularly the case for guides originating from outside Bali who do not fully understand the traditions and culture of Bali.

Pastika said: "The information about Besakih is often wrong; I often her guides speaking. There are those who use English which sounds strange when I eavesdrop."

Pastika said the planned information centers will be staffed by people drawn from surrounding areas who truly understand about history, and local rules and protocols. This is especially important in Bali where every temples has its own distinctive set of rules and regulations.