BOROBUDUR and Ratu Boko temples are always silent witnesses of the changing times. Even about how the pandemic has changed the way humans view it as a tourist destination.

Both have passed through various times, thousands of generations, for centuries witnessing ever-changing change. Until the birth of a new normal era as an adaptation to the pandemic. The new normal requires all to pay attention to health protocols including those who want to visit.

Then the health protocol that prioritizes hygiene, health and safety is also implemented strictly in the Borobudur Temple Area in Central Java and Ratu Boko Temple in the Special Region of Yogyakarta.

PT Taman Wisata Borobudur Temple, Prambanan & Ratu Boko (TWC) as the manager of the area have been carrying out simulations of the application of health protocols since July 1, 2020.

Tourists who will visit are arranged from the place of arrival to the exit of the Borobudur and Ratu Boko Temple Regions. Information boards on how to prevent COVID-19 are also installed in various corners of the area starting from the use of masks, washing hands, doing social distancing and physical distancing.

When you want to enter the area, tourists will be checked for body temperature. For tourists with temperatures below 37.5 given a green sticker, then visitors with temperatures above 37.5 to 37.8 are given a yellow sticker. Visitors with temperatures above 37.8 will be given a red sticker.

Before arriving at the ticket purchase location, tourists are advised to wash their hands and pass the disinfection chamber that is safe for visitors. Ticket purchase is recommended to use the non-cash method, but the manager also still serves for tourists who will buy tickets in cash. Prospective visitors can also buy tickets online through the site.

After getting a ticket, visitors can enter the temple area which is opened from 08.00-16.00 WIB, while Ratu Boko operates from 09.00-16.00 WIB. During this period, there was a 1 hour break to clean all health protocol equipment that has been used by tourists.

PT TWC imposes a limit on the number of visitors to a maximum of 25% or 1,500 visitors every day. As for tourists who want to take a closer look at Borobudur Temple, it is only allowed until the temple grounds or Zone 1 are limited to 140 visitors per hour.

Tourists can also explore the beauty of the temple area on foot, using bicycles that are rented by the management or traveling around, better known as “Tayo” and priced at IDR15.000 per person. []