Entourage of the APEC Summit delegates made a visit to Taman Ayun Temple, Mengwi, Wednesday (Oct 2). During the visit, I Gusti Agung Prana, one of the senior figures of the Mengwi Palace, guided the delegates to see firsthand the Taman Ayun. The delegates very much admired the subak system becoming one of the world’s cultural heritages as well as the philosophy of Tri Hita Karana.
The visit program was attended by 80-150 APEC delegates. Regional Secretary of Badung government Kompyang R. Swandika, the Head of Badung Government Tourism Office Cok Raka Darmawan, Anak Agung Gde Alit, royal figures of Mengwi and the community welcomed the APEC delegates joyfully.
On that occasion, Agung Prana provided a detailed explanation regarding the existence of the Taman Ayun Temple at Mengwi with subak system as well as the Tri Hita Karana ingrained in people’s life in Badung and Bali. The fame of Taman Ayun Temple in the eyes of international community becoming the World Cultural Heritage had been a part of the responsibility of the public life of Mengwi, Badung and Bali.
While enjoying a welcome drink (young coconut) embellished with Balinese frangipani, the APEC 2013 delegates were served with a welcome dance denoting the mascot of Badung County namely the Sekar Jepun Dance presented by Balinese dancers that has also been frequently staged in international events.
Amidst the visit of the APEC delegates, the Regional Secretary of Badung government, Kompyang R. Swandika, conveyed his gratitude for the willingness of the delegates to take time to come and visit the Taman Ayun Temple, having been set as a world heritage. It was expected to generate the interest and enhance the image of Bali and Badung tourism in general.
He hoped that Badung County could become a world tourist destination providing the best to the delegates participating in the APEC Summit 2013 and the world. “With the hospitality and natural beauty owned by Bali and Badung, hopefully we are able to make the APEC Summit 2013 in Nusa Dua Bali the best among the good ones in the organization that have been made so far. With the natural and cultural wealth owned by Bali and environment supported by local wisdom, the APEC Summit is expected to contribute more from the tourism and economic sector in the future,” he said. (BTN/r)