An article by Desy Nurhayati, Jakarta Post.
Several APEC delegates visited the Taman Ayun royal water temple in Badung and the Uma Abian village in Tabanan on Wednesday, where they learned that tourism could enhance cultural preservation and local people’s livelihoods.
The visiting delegates, — participants of the economic forum’s High Level Dialogue on Travel Facilitation — were greeted by representatives of the Mengwi royal family and the regency’s officials in the temple, which is listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
A performance of the Sekar Jepun dance by five dancers, accompanied by a traditional Balinese gamelan ensemble, welcomed the delegates as they entered the yard of the temple, which was built in 1634 by the first king of Mengwi, Ida Tjokorda Sakti Blambangan.
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