And the Weather: A Cold Front Moves in…
KUTA ~ A distinct chill is in the air in Kuta, as unseasonable weather takes a grip.
An exhibition called Bali Bersalju (Snowing in Bali) opened on Tuesday at the Kuta Galeria shopping center, providing Bali residents with a taste of Western climes.
The exhibit, organized by Badung Regency, features an ice slide and sculptures made by local carvers and comes to Bali as part of a nationwide tour, manager Thomas Choong told The Bali Times at the opening ceremony.
â€œWe started this project in Malaysia a few years ago, and then we wanted to have it in Indonesia because the country has a big population and is in a tropical area. Bali is the fourth city weâ€™ve visited, after Medan, Surabaya and Bandung,â€ he said.
A team of engineers keeps the temperature of the exhibit at a constant minus 20 degrees Celsius, using compressors brought in from Germany.
Those unused to less-than-tropical weather are provided with long insulating jackets at the entrance; socks and gloves are available to purchase. Entrance fees are Rp30,000 (weekdays) and Rp.40,000 (weekends) for children; for adults: Rp40,000 (weekdays) and Rp50,000 (weekends).
â€œBecause the entrance fee is expensive, we give special discounts for students in groups and free passes for orphans and disabled children,â€ said Choong.
At Tuesdayâ€™s opening ceremony, officiated by Mas Beratha, wife of the islandâ€™s governor, Choong donated Rp90 million to family social programs as the organizerâ€™s and sponsorsâ€™ contribution to local society.
Bali Bersalju will run for approximately six months, and is open from 12pm to 10pm during weekdays and 11am to 10pm at weekends. Phone: 0361 7932338Filed under: The Island