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.

“We 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 we’ve visited, after Medan, Surabaya and Bandung,” 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).

“Because the entrance fee is expensive, we give special discounts for students in groups and free passes for orphans and disabled children,” said Choong.

At Tuesday’s opening ceremony, officiated by Mas Beratha, wife of the island’s governor, Choong donated Rp90 million to family social programs as the organizer’s and sponsors’ 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 7932338

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