Steep entry fee to Indonesia's Borobudur Temple triggers outcry

The Indonesian government has come under fire for its plan to significantly raise the entrance fee to the famed Borobudur Temple.

The temple in central Java, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, is a UNESCO World Heritage site known as one of the largest Buddhist stone monuments in the world.

Borobudur drew about 4 million tourists in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic.

The Indonesian government on Sunday unveiled a plan to quadruple the entrance fee to 100 dollars for foreign tourists as part of its efforts to preserve the cultural heritage. It is considering raising the fee for domestic tourists by 15 times to about 50 dollars.

The government also plans to limit the number of visitors entering the temple to 1,200 per day.

The announcement comes as Indonesia in April relaxed its border controls for foreign travelers for the first time in about two years.

It has lifted its quarantine measures and PCR testing for vaccinated foreign visitors in a bid to jump-start its tourism industry.

But the latest decision on the entrance fee has prompted public outcry from both inside and outside of the country, with complaints being posted across social networks.

One post reads that the charge is too high, while another reads that only the rich can visit the temple in the future.