Officials are investigating a restaurant built inside a cave in southern Kuta after a video clip went viral on TikTok over the weekend.
The Cave is part of The Edge Hotel, located on Pura Goa Lempeh Street in the village of Pecatu. A reference named Sylvie Bong Post a clip About where to eat earlier this month on her TikTok site, explaining that the cave has been around for millions of years, after it took about 300 years to erode one-centimeter-sized boulders.
“If you want to come [to The Cave]I suggest you come early in the morning. So you can explore the place, take a tour inside the cave and take pictures, “Hey He said.
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The video went viral last weekend after it was re-uploaded by social media accounts last week. While some praised the concept as “edgy”, many Indonesian netizens expressed their disapproval of the restaurant due to environmental damage. They also wondered if the dining venue actually met the safety standards for guests.
Some have suggested that stalactites and stalagmites may collapse due to human intervention, and the restaurant itself may be at risk of geological formation.
Selphie responded to some of the comments on her TikTok, saying that based on the information she received, the hotel found the cave while excavating the site to create the restaurant.
“I hope they can maintain the sustainability of the stalactites. It also hurts my heart,” noting that the stalactites are fragile.
Sylvie, on the other hand, commented that while the food temperature in the restaurant could be improved, she believes 1.5 million IDR (US$100) per head for a seven-course meal is good value for money.
In response to the public’s reaction, South Kota Ketut District Chief Gedi Arta said he had just discovered the cave restaurant and sent officers of Satpol PP (Public Order Agency) to inspect the site.
Gedi confirmed that the hotel had accidentally found the cave during construction and had converted it into a restaurant. The Edge also reassured the authorities that they are regulating the opening hours of the dining venue and limiting them to 20 guests per day.
However, the official said he could not be sure if the hotel had obtained permission to build a restaurant in a cave in the first place. He said his office sent an official letter to the Capital Investment and One-Stop Service (DPMPTSP) of Badung about their findings.
Separately, Badung Regent I Nyoman Giri Prasta He said He will check out the restaurant himself. But he added that as long as the cave was not used for religious ceremonies, building a restaurant inside should be fine.
Pecatu Village Chief I Made Semartu said separately that since he began his duties in 2016, Never heard of the restaurant Until the end of last week.