After the eruption of Mount Agung in the early hours of Saturday (05/18/2019), the are no significant changes in the number of tourist visits to Besakih Temple. The eruption at 02.09 LT (GMT +8) gave birth to an observable column of ash up to 2,000 meters above the peak (5,142 meters above sea level).
In the morning after eruption, Besakih Temple is still operates as usual with 10 operational hours starting at 08:00 to 18:00 LT. And according to Ni Wayan Suniarti as head of the Ticket section of Besakih Temple, there was no significant change from the number of visits to Besakih Temple.
"The number of tourist visits to Besakih Temple actually did not have significant changes related to the Eruption that occurred a few days ago. Even a day after the eruption, tourist visits increased dramatically from 469 visits on the 18th, to 588 visits on May 19. That's just the day after the eruption, so it doesn't really matter. "
Met in her office, Suniarti added, "the level of tourist visits to Besakih increases every day from May 18, or coincides with the eruption. Just yesterday there were a total of 488 visits. During this 18 - 20 May there have been a total of 1,545 visits by foreign and domestic tourists. "
Mount Agung which stands firmly in East Bali is still at level III with a forbidden radius set by the government is 4 KM from the crater, Besakih Temple itself is in a radius of 7 KM from the carter and can still be visited by tourists. (pr/das)