Bare-legged tourists asked to cover up

Bare-legged tourists are no longer allowed to visit the Indonesian temple complex of Borobudur.

Visitors in shorts will in future be asked to put on a sarong, a traditional Indonesian long wrap-over cloth. The measure has been taken out of respect for the holy site according to the Indonesian authorities.

The management of the complex has supplied 2000 sarongs for tourists to use free of charge.

Visitors will also be asked to put on plastic sandals to prevent damage to the ancient temple’s stone floors.

It is obligatory in most temples in Bali to cover bare legs. Borobudur temple attracted more than 2.5 million tourists last year. The pyramid shaped temple dates from the eighth century and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.