Indonesian Officials Gereing Up for Hollywood Star’s Borobudur Visit

Antara News, June 23, 2011

Magelang, Central Java (Indonesia) -- The management of Borobudur Temple Tourism Park says they are ready for Hollywood star Richard Gere when her arrives at the famous Buddhist temple on Sunday.

“We are ready to receive Richard Gere, both for the staging of The Masterpiece of Borobudur Ballet and his intention to make the rounds of villages around Borobudur Temple,” park spokesman Pujo Suwarno said in Magelang, Central Java, on Thursday.

Pujo said to ensure the security of Gere’s visit, park management had coordinated with the Magelang Police.

He said the veteran Hollywood actor who starred in the movie Pretty Women would be in Indonesia from Saturday, at the invitation of Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik.

Pujo said Gere would arrive in Jakarta on Saturday before flying to Yogyakarta where he would be welcomed by the Sultan Hamengkubuwono X at Adisucipto Airport.

Besides the ballet on Sunday evening, Gere was also expected to participate in a Peace Walk circling the Borobudur temple three times while chanting Buddhist prayers in the company of monks from various temples throughout Indonesia.

He is also scheduled to visit the Mendut and Pawon temples and several tourist villages by a cart drawn by a horse, before flying to Bali on Tuesday.