The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing or PUPR through the Directorate General of Human Settlements is currently managing the Pura Agung Besakih area in Karangasem Regency, Bali Province.
Besakih Temple is the largest center of worship in Bali as well as a destination for tourists, both domestic and foreign, especially on major days of Hindu religious activities.
Furthermore, the physical work of structuring this area will not touch the area of the main building of Pura Besakih which is used as a place of worship.
“The most important thing is structuring this area to increase the comfort of visitors who worship and travel. Because according to information, when there is a big ceremony the conditions will be very crowded. For this reason, different entry and exit routes will be made, so there is no buildup, including road circulation for vehicles. will be regulated,” said Minister Basuki in a written statement, Monday.
This arrangement was carried out due to a large number of tourist visits and unorganized conditions.
This causes the continuity of religious ritual activities to be often disrupted, thereby reducing the solemnity and comfort of the people when carrying out spiritual activities.
The arrangement was carried out as an effort to protect the cultural heritage area of Pura Agung Besakih which is the center of Hindu worship in Bali as well as a world-class tourist destination.
The arrangement of Pura Agung Besakih has been carried out using a design and build mechanism since August 2021 and is targeted for completion in December 2022. The current physical progress has reached 11.47 percent.
The physical arrangement was carried out by PT PP (Persero) Tbk as the implementing contractor and PT Ciriajasa Cipta Mandiri as construction management with a state budget cost of Rp. 378.4 billion in multi-year contracts (MYC 2021-2022).
Furthermore, the arrangement was carried out in two areas, namely the Manik Mas Area and the Bencingah Area. The Manik Mas area arrangement includes a 5-story parking building, 18 large kiosk units, 12 small kiosk units, Bale Pasandekan, Melanting Temple, Anjung Pandang building, and access roads. Meanwhile, the arrangement of the Bencingah Area includes the construction of 196 large kiosk units, 162 small kiosk units, Bale Pasandekan, 2 units of bale gong, courtyard, and children’s play area.
For information, Pura Agung Besakih has located approximately 52 km from Denpasar city and can be reached for 1.5 hours by land. This sacred area consisting of 117 temples is often used for ritual activities at times such as the Tawur Labuh Gentuh ceremony, Ida Bhatara Turun Kabeh’s work, and Panca Wali Krama.