February 8th, 2010
HAMBURG, GERMANY, February 7, 2010: Hamburg’s Museum fur Volkerkunde (Museum of Ethnology) has been home to an authentic Balinese temple since November 2009. Carved out of volcanic stone, the temple was shipped from Bali to Germany and assembled according to tradition by the Balinese architect Artana and two assistants.
Construction was funded by Juli Biesterfeld, a Balinese woman who lives in Hamburg. The temple, which stands in front of the Museum, will be both an exhibit and an authentic place of worship. The official consecration of the temple will be done by Balinese priests on the day of the Kuningan festival, May 22, 2010.