Visitors to Bali arriving via the Ngurah Rai International Airport are almost certain to encounter two memorial statues to I Gusti Ngurah Rai – a Balinese hero of the Indonesian struggle for independence and the namesake of the island’s sole international Airport. One statue stands near the Bypass Highway at the eastern end of the runway, while the second statue sits at a roundabout on the entrance road to the airport.
The spokesman for the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport project, Harry Budi Waluyo, has announced plans to relocate the statue at the roundabout to a new location within the airport as part of the ongoing massive renovation program.
The statue’s new location will be between the entrance and exit toll gates, seen as a more fitting place for the statue of the man for whom the airport is named. Developers of the airport also concluded that the statues current position was disadvantageous to the planned operations of the airports international cargo facility.
Plans are to relocate the statue in August 2012.
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