"Long Life Education" is the right slogan to describe the annual activities of the Management Operational of Besakih Temple (MO PKPA Besakih). This understanding was born from comparative studies conducted by MO PKPA Besakih to Malang and Surabaya on April 29th to May 2nd, 2019. This activity was carried out with purpose of learning in different locations and environments with the aim of adding insight and knowledge which will later be used as a benchmark for management short and long term in Besakih Temple.
In this activity, MO PKPA Besakih involved 15 people including; Manager, Deputy Manager, Secretary, General & Personnel Section, Development & Promotion Section, Guide Section, Cleaner & Gardening Section, Ticket Section, along with 7 Staffs.
The comparative study this time took place for 4 days and 3 nights, beginning with visiting Malang City Tourism and moving to Surabaya on May 1, 2019. During their stay in Malang, MO PKPA Besakih group had the opportunity to visit and experience the atmosphere of some of the city's famous tourist attractions such as; Selecta, Museum Angkut and Batu Flower Garden.,While in the capital city of East Java, the group had the opportunity to visit several famous landmarks including Tugu Pahlawan, House Of Sampoerna, and even shopping at Pasar Genteng.
Management of Besakih Temple’s Development & Promotion Section, I Gusti Ngurah Emaputra as the person in charge of the comparative study revealed, "After we see and compare what are our strengths and weaknesses in the terms of practice, so do our management procedures in the Temple Area with the places that we have visited, it turns out the potential for domestic tourists to visit there is very large. Far with us, the average visit of domestic tourists to Besakih Temple is only 70 people per day."
Ema continued, "The main reason for the small number of domestic tourists visiting Besakih is because the distance is quite far from the city center and other tourist attractions, as well as the path that is passed is a bit vulnerable such as the lane in Bukit Jambul area. Why is that? Because domestic tourists, if they travel, most of them always invite groups, so at a minimum, they have to use a large transportation in the form of a bus, now it's hard for this bus to pass Bukit Jambul area that is the causes of domestic tourists to visit here.” (mky/das)