The Italian city of Venice is dealing with an insane amount of tourists. Well, Bali is having the same issue, except they’re more concerned about the quality of tourists that are coming in. So, they’re reportedly thinking of setting some new ground rules.
Balli is known as “the island of 1000 temples,” and they’d like to keep their sacred spots just that – sacred. Frankly, they’re tired of Western tourists disrespecting their holy sites by climbing on top of them and posing for Instagram pics in skimpy outfits, like swimwear for example. So, they’re not only thinking of banning bikini-clad tourists from taking pictures at these locations, they may even ban them from visiting temples unaccompanied altogether.
While crop tops and daisy dukes may be all the rage in the West, Bali’s culture is a little different… and locals like it that way. “This is the government’s attempt to maintain the [temples],” says Bali’s deputy governor Cok Ace. “The temples need to be preserved since they are the spirits of Bali’s cultures and customs.”