Suggestions of a mystical submarine kingdom beneath the waves of northern Bali were quickly sunk this week when official clarification surrounding a Balinese temple – called "Taman Pura" located along the western shore of Pemuteran Bay.
Pictures of a Balinese temple surrounded by statues and surrounded by colorful sponges, corals and sea fans fueled speculation of lost kingdoms or a submarine world.
With pictures of the discovery circling the world at the speed of the Internet, Surya Helmi in charge of underwater archaeology at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, jumped to the fore, declaring a "full investigation" would be launched.
The Mystery Solved
It was quickly revealed that the watery temple was, in fact, created some five years ago as part of a reef conservation project funded by Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid).
The resulting temple includes ten statues and a traditional temple structure and is located near to world-renowned bio-rock reef restoration projects also found in Pemuteran Bay.
A "must" on the list of Bali's diving tourists, the temple stands in two parts, one at a depth 29 meters and a shallower portion at 15 meters.
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