Pictures of Australians drinking large bottles of beer at Bali’s sacred Uluwatu Temple have angered local religious figures.
The pictures were taken by The Bali Times on Friday afternoon and show the tourists sarong-clad and strolling around the holy site on the southernmost tip of the island drinking beer, smoking and laughing and talking in loud voices.
“That is not allowed; it is not respectful,” Hindu priest Jero Ratna said on Saturday.
“If foreigners come to Bali, they have to respect the culture and the people,” she said.
The priest, from North Kuta, said the authorities at Uluwatu Temple should ensure that drinking alcohol is not permitted.
Uluwatu, set atop dramatic cliffs, is one of Bali’s most important Hindu temples, established according to local lore in the 11th century.