JAKARTA: Indonesian Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati made a decision to lower the entrance fee to the Borobudur temple on June 2023.
Borobudur Temple, located in Magelang, Central Java, is one of Indonesia’s cultural heritages.
The determination of the entrance ticket price to the Borobudur temple area is specified in Minister of Finance Regulation 42 of 2023.
Previously, the entrance fee to the Borobudur Temple area ranged from IDR 216,000 to IDR 360,000 for foreign tourists and IDR 25,000 to IDR 50,000 for Indonesian citizens.
The Indonesian government, through the provisions listed, officially sets the entrance ticket price for individuals at IDR 4,000 to IDR 15,000 specifically for Indonesian citizens.
“The determination of service tariffs as referred to in paragraph (1) considers at least investment costs, utilization rates, user segments, alignments, and/or competitor tariffs,” a statement of the finance minister’s regulation, which was quoted on 4 May 2023.
The criteria, the number of tariffs, and the procedure for setting the price of entrance tickets will be determined by the managing director of the Borobudur Authority Implementing Public Service Agency, which is supervised by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.
The managing director of the Borobudur Authority Implementing Public Service Agency will determine the number of service rates for foreign tourists, which can reach up to two 200 percent of the set rates.
The provision also states that service rates can be increased by up to 150 percent on weekends, public holidays, or peak holiday seasons.
Sri Mulyani added that the decision is also part of the national economic recovery program and efforts to encourage domestic tourists to vacation in the country.
She also stated that the decision may help increase tourist visits to Borobudur Temple, which had previously suffered from a drop in tourist visits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The relatively low price of the Borobudur Temple entrance ticket is expected to facilitate access for local tourists and aid in the recovery of Indonesia’s tourism sector. Furthermore, it is expected to contribute to the improvement of the quality of services and facilities provided at Borobudur Temple, resulting in a better tourist experience for visitors.