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UNESCO temple site open despite Merapi eruption


Published on Nov 9, 2010

The UNESCO-listed Prambanan temple in Central Java remains open to visitors despite the recent eruption of nearby Mount Merapi. Local media reported the archeological site’s management as saying that temple workers are cleaning up volcanic ashes from the site using dozens of vacuum cleaners. They admitted however, that visitor numbers had declined. “On regular days, the temple could attract up to 2,000 people, but since last week, there were no more than 500 people visiting the place in one day,” the Jakarta Post reported an offi cial with the World Heritage site as saying. The 8th Century Hindu temple is located approximately 18km from Yogyakarta.

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