Inyong Ora Papa: Baturraden is Still Safe to Visit

BATURRADEN BANYUMAS CENTRAL JAVA MOUNT SLAMET MAGELANGIMAGES

Visitors sit on a hill in Baturraden recreation area, Banyumas Regency, Central Java, on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

By: Sahrudin – alwaysmagelang@gmail.com

BANYUMAS Regency’s Office of Youth, Sports, Culture and Tourism is ready to hold the Festival of Baturraden, Inyong Ora Papa (literally Baturraden, I am fine) in Baturraden ecotourism and recreational park, on Sunday (May 25, 2014).

Baturraden in Banyumas Regency is situated about 6 kilometers from the peak of Mount Slamet — Java Island’s second highest and one of its most active volcanoes. 

“We want to prove that Baturraden is still a safe place to visit”, Head of Tourism Section of Banyumas Regency’s Office of Youth, Sports, Culture and Tourism Deskart Sotyo Jatmiko told Antara, on Wednesday (May 21, 2014).

A variety of traditional art performances to photography exhibition will be featured in the festival.

The number of tourists who has declined over the past few months due to alert status raised at Mount Slamet, is expected to increase again through this event.

It’s been reported that the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) has recently decreased Mount Slamet’s alert status from siaga, the second highest level to waspada, the lower level.

Standing at 3,432 meters above sea level, Mount Slamet is located on the border of Banyumas, Pemalang, Purbalingga, Brebes and Tegal regencies in the Province of Central Java.

As in previous years, Baturraden ecotourism and recreational park is also preparing to welcome tourists in the Idul Fitri (Eid al-Fitr) holiday season this year, which will take place on July 28 and 29.

Baturraden’s data show that there were about 300,000 visitors during last year’s Idul Fitri holiday season, with a total revenue from sales of admission tickets for about 2 billions IDR.***

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