Inclusion of the Taman Ayun in Mengwi subdistrict into the World Cultural Heritage was not without any consequences. For instance, the local government managing the site could not arbitrarily make any changes because it should first be approved by the UNESCO. This matter was revealed by the Regent of Badung, AA Gde Agung, Sunday (May 27).
Gde Agung explained the next measure after the inclusion of the Taman Ayun into the World Cultural Heritage was that Badung should do maintenance and keep the original architecture of the Taman Ayun. His party would not alter the original appearance although some materials belonged to the relatively modern ones. For example, the current development of Wantilan Hall had been adjusted to its original design.
As planned, the arrangement would also include the maintenance of pond functioned as a reservoir for irrigation of subak territory around Mengwi. The maintenance itself aimed at preventing the silting. Then, there would be a construction of pedestrian and relocation of traders and parking lot.
"Arrangement of the Taman Ayun will be immediately worked on in accordance with the technical spatial layout planning of Taman Ayun. This planning has been submitted to UNESCO. Having been studied and explored, the UNESCO then agreed it," said Gde Agung doubling as senior figure of Mengwi Grand Palace.
The Head of Badung Culture Agency, IB Anom Bhasma, added that inclusion of Taman Ayun Temple into the World Cultural Heritage was a long waiting struggled for 12 years. Achievement of the status was considered to be capable of becoming a binder to preserve Taman Ayun. "As a World Cultural Heritage, nobody can make any changes or renovations against the Taman Ayun without making coordination with UNESCO," he said.
Positive impact of the status as a World Cultural Heritage would indirectly become a tourism promotion for Taman Ayun. It could also acquire an assistance of repair, at least obtained an expert assistance from the international architect in order it remained in its original look. (BTN/kmb)
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