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Sarunginasi

Beyond Bali: Three Popular Central Java Historical Sites Now Require All Visitors to Wear Batik Sarongs

(8/19/2012) Central Java visitors to the ancient Hindu Monument of Prambanan, the Borobudor Temple of Borobudur and the Ratu Boko Palace are now required to wear a batik sarung.

The new policy took effect from August 17, 2012.

The new “sarungiasi” policy for the three popular tourist stops follows a successful trial period at the Borobudur temple.

The CEO of PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko, Purnomo Siswoprasetjo, told NusaBali that the aim of the “sarunginasi” program is in support of local culture in accordance with UNESCO’s policy for the preservation of cultural heritage.

Purnomo confirmed that visitor to the three historical sites are now required to wear a batik sarung. Underlining there would be no exception to the policy, he said even government officials visiting the locations would be required to wear a sarung.

5,000 sarongs have been prepared for visitors to the Prambanan Temple and Ratu Boko Palace complex, and 10,000 sarongs for the Borobudur Temple Park.

In 2011 and estimated 200,000 people visited Borobudur, while 150,000 entered the Prambanan temple and Boko Palace.

Domestic visitors to the Borobudur Temple pay an admission charge of Rp. 40,000 (US$4.30) for adults and Rp. 12,500 (US$1.35) for children. Foreign visitors pay a charge of US$20.

Domestic visitors to the Prambanan Temple and Boko Palace complex pay Rp. 30,000 (US$3.22) for adults and Rp. 12,500 (US$1.35 for children. Foreign visitors pay US$18.