Uluwatu Temple in Peril of falling into the Sea
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is an 11th Century temple perched on the most southern tip of Bali, on 50 Meter high cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean. “Uluwatu” as it is commonly known, is one of the most important Balinese Sea temples and center of culture. It is also one of Bali’s most visited tourist destinations.
In 1995 the Famous Pura Luhur Uluwatu was destroyed by a lightening strike.
Nearly 20 years after it was struck by lightening, Uluwatu faces a new perils. Years of ocean waves, for which ironically the temple has become famous for attracting surfers, from around the world, have eroded the cliff base putting this ancient temple in peril of falling into the sea.
According to temple benefactor Hanno Soth, who in 1995 along with the tuban group of hotels, funded the reconstruction of Uluwatu temple, “the temple now faces a much bigger challenge than reconstruction. It requires an engineering miracle to save it from collapsing into the ocean, as well as renovation and expansion to cope the wear and tear and the large number of daily visitor.
Today Uluwatu, is not only visited by the thousands of balinese worshipers, but also ten of thousands of tourists who come to see the temple, the incredible cliff vistas of the Indian Ocean and famous “Uluwatu Surf” below, but also the Kecak dance (dance of the monkeys) performed regularly by 100’s of balinese dancers.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is like a very tall buiding with eroding foundations, with thousands of people are visiting it each and every day, it becoming dangerous says Soth.
Temple priest Anak Agung Ngurah Agung says, a plan is in the works to combat the erosion and to make improvements to the temple inorder to cope with all the large traffic of the 21st Century.
But according to some tour operators, this cannot come soon enough.
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