Foreign tourists flock to Bali for spiritual comfort

Foreign tourists flock to Bali for spiritual comfort

Photo documents of Hindus carrying the sacred objects towards the fountain in a purification ceremony of sacred objects, humans and nature (Melasti) in Besakih, Karangasem, Bali, on Wednesday (April 1, 2015). (ANTARA/Nyoman Budhiana)

Many foreign tourists from Europe, Japan, and other Asian countries claimed to have enjoyed the spiritual serenity ..."
Denpasar (ANTARA News) - Increasingly more number of foreign tourists are drawn to the Indonesian tourist resort province of Bali as it offers spiritual comfort besides its innate beauty, a tourism observer stated.

"The spiritual comfort and natural beauty such as the white sandy beaches have been attracting foreign tourists to this province," tourism observer Made Sudana remarked here on Thursday.

He noted that several foreign tourists, who flew directly from their countries, visited sacred places such as shrines in the mountainous areas to enjoy spiritual tranquility and comfort.

Sudana, who is also a tourist guide, affirmed that several foreign tourists visited Balis biggest Besakih Shrine, which is located at the foot of Mount Agung and is believed to provide positive spiritual vibrations.

"Many foreign tourists from Europe, Japan, and other Asian countries claimed to have enjoyed the spiritual serenity as soon as they stepped on the yard of the Besakih Shrine. Other places frequented by foreign tourists included sanctified springs and water sources at river banks," he explained.

Bali has unique things to offer, Sudana said, adding that a Japanese tourist, who is also a businessman and was concerned about the global economic conditions, especially in his country, visited Bali to meet a spiritualist named Mangku Made Sujana.

The Japanese tourist was keen to know about the prospects of his business from the spiritualist. After the meeting, the Japanese businessman got answers to his queries.

Information on Balis uniqueness seemed to be well-disseminated in Japan. Japanese tourists therefore often visit Sujanas house seeking guidance on matters related to their personal and family problems.

Balis uniqueness has led to an increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting the province.

In the first quarter of 2014, a total of 831,625 foreign tourists visited the province, which is also called the island of gods. The number further increased by 14.04 percent to 948,393 in the first quarter of 2015.
(Uu.A014/INE/KR-BSR/F001)

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