The Water Civilization Exhibition Opens in Bali, Introducing the Regenerative Tourism

The Water Civilization Exhibition Opens in Tirta Empul temple Bali
The Water Civilization Exhibition Opens in Tirta Empul temple Bali

A unique cultural event named “Water Civilization,” leveraging blockchain, is currently underway at Pura Tirta Empul in Bali, a site recognized by UNESCO for its heritage significance. Running from April to September 2024, this exhibition offers visitors a deep dive into the temple’s history and Balinese culture.

This water civilization event in Bali is a joint effort involving the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Quantum Temple, Wonderful Indonesia, and local authorities. It showcases artistic installations created by 300 young individuals under the guidance of artists Nyoman Surya Wigenem and I Gusti Ngurah Dalem Rahmadi.

Attendees have the opportunity to gain insights into the profound connection between water and Balinese civilization, as well as the rich history of Tirta Empul. Moreover, they can engage directly with temple custodians from the village of Manukaya Let to learn about the sacred Melukat tradition.

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The exhibition, centered around blockchain technology, represents an innovative approach to preserving cultural heritage while offering benefits to artists, collectors, and visitors alike.

Furthermore, the teachings of Tri Hita Karana in Balinese Hindu philosophy play a pivotal role in driving the development of regenerative tourism in Bali. This vision was articulated by Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Angela Tanoesoedibjo.

Tourism isn’t merely an economic endeavor but also a catalyst for prosperity within local communities and the surrounding environment. Thus, embracing the concept of regenerative tourism is crucial for fostering sustainable growth.

According to Angela, this tourism model aligns with the Balinese way of life, characterized by harmonious relationships among people, nature, and the divine.

In collaboration with local governments and stakeholders, the Bali Tourism Water Entrepreneurs Association (Gahawisri) is actively working to enhance tourism on the island. Their efforts include initiatives focused on conservation and sustainability.

The chairman of Gahawisri emphasizes that tourism in Bali goes beyond visitor numbers; it also entails maintaining high standards and ensuring visitor comfort. By promoting orderliness, the island can attract quality tourists and stimulate economic growth.

Echoing this sentiment, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, underscores the significance of culture as a cornerstone of Bali’s tourism sector. Thus, preserving and nurturing cultural heritage is essential for ensuring the long-term sustainability of tourism in Bali.