BOROBUDUR Temple in Magelang Regency, Central Java, remains safe to be visited by tourists because it is not affected by volcanic ash due to the hot clouds of Mount Merapi, said Borobudur Unit General Manager Jamaludin Mawardi.

“Alhamdulillah, the Borobudur Temple area today is not affected by Merapi ash rain so that visitors can still enjoy the beauty of Borobudur Temple. Even some visitors today can still climb to the monument of Borobudur Temple,” said Jamaludin Mawarsi in Magelang, Saturday (03/11).

As is known, PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko (TWC) conducted a field study of tourist visits to climb the Borobudur Temple monument with a random sample to ensure the quality of service at this tourist destination until March 15, 2023.

He said weekend visitors to Borobudur Temple Tourist Park today reached around 3,500 people.

Meanwhile, Borobudur Conservation Center (BKB) Utilization Working Group Coordinator Yudi Suhartono said the condition of Borobudur Temple is safe from Merapi volcanic ash.

“However, we are still monitoring the condition of Merapi, especially for wind direction in case of Merapi eruption to anticipate ash rain in the Borobudur Temple area,” he said.

He said that if Merapi’s volcanic ash does lead to Borobudur Temple, the temple is still on standby by preparing terpaulin to cover the stupa to make it safer from Merapi’s ash fall.

Meanwhile, Head of Magelang City Prokompim Division Triyamto said that based on the coordination meeting on volcanic ash mitigation due to the eruption of Mount Merapi, Merapi ash will be cleared in the Magelang City Square and surrounding areas.

“The cleaning of Merapi ash will be done by spraying water on Saturday (03/11) night. The personnel involved are from the Fire Department, Satpol PP and Linmas, Transportation Agency, Environmental Agency, BPBD and PMI Magelang City,” he concluded. [antaranews/photo special]