Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Big Plans for Borobudur as Govt Chases Tourist Dollar

State-run company PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur said on Wednesday that it had launched a Web site in six languages to help promote its plans to revitalize the ancient Borobudur and Prambanan temples, and the Ratu Boko Palace near Yogyakarta.

The plans were outlined at a business gathering in South Jakarta where the company said it wanted to turn the temples into “world-class cultural and tourism destinations” and to provide services that would exceed visitor expectations.

“These [Unesco] World Heritage-listed sites can be cultivated further through preservation, culture and tourism,” said Purnomo Siswoprasetjo, president director of Taman Wisata Candi.

One aspect of this would be to rectify the difference in entry fees as foreign visitors to the temple pay Rp 125,000, while Indonesians pay only Rp 12,500.

“Not all locals are underprivileged and not all foreigners are wealthy,” said Darmono, who plans to collaborate with travel agents to create a better atmosphere for visitors.

The Taman Wisata Candi Web site is www.borobudurpark.co.id and is available in Indonesian, English, Mandarin, Korean, French and Japanese.

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