The Jakarta Post
The Buddhist temple of Borobudur in Magelang, Central Java. (Shutterstock/NaughtyNut)
Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java, reopened to the public on Monday though visitors are restricted to Zone 1.
According to the Education and Culture Ministry’s website, visitors are only allowed in the temple’s yard or on the trail used for pradaksina (a procession in which the temple is circumnavigated three times on foot).
Visitors are not allowed in higher zones to prevent people from gathering in large numbers as the temple has narrow alleys and staircases. “For now, they’re not permitted to access other zones until further evaluation,” Borobudur Conservation Agency head Tri Hartono told kompas.com.
Visitors are required to practice standard health precautions, such as wearing masks, undergo temperature checks and maintaining a minimum distance of 1.5 meter between each other.
Tri added that a group of 20 people at most must be accompanied by a guide to anticipate large crowds. The temple limits its visitors to 140 people per hour. “We will direct 70 people to the northern area and other 70 people to the southern area for one hour,” he said. “But if stay less than one hour, the number of visitors can be increased depending on Zone's 1 capacity.”
With disinfection routinely carried out, Borobudur is now open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Known as the largest Buddhist temple, Borobudur was designed by Gunadarma during the Syailendra dynasty. The temple still functions as a place of worship. (wir/wng)
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