China working with Balinese Hindus to build temple in Middle Kingdom

A Balinese temple in Ubud. Photo: Mark Chaves/Unsplash

Chinese are coming to Bali by the thousands, but now Balinese will leave their impact on the mainland.

China is working with Balinese Hindus to build a temple in the country to offer a place of worship for Hindus who have settled there and to “strengthen cultural relations” between China and Bali.

It’s no secret that Bali has been wooing the Chinese, trying to get foreign arrivals up with their dominant tourist market — well at least they’re attempting to reciprocate?

The temple is a result of a trip to China from June 30 to July 8 by Indonesia’s leading authority on Hinduism, the Indonesian Hindu Religious Council (PHDI) Bali Province.

“We had a direct dialogue about art, culture, and education. Meanwhile, the construction oft he temple, both conceptually and technically will be discussed internally by the PRC Consulate General,” PHDI Bali Chairman Prof. Dr. I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana told Bali Post in Denpasar on Thursday.

At this time, there aren’t really temples especially for Hindu people to pray at in China, he said.

“PHDI is ready to donate the design of the temple,” Sudiana added.

Reports have not specified where exactly in China or when precisely the temple would go up.

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