Authorities rap Red Bull for unauthorised filming at Borobudur

Energy drink manufacturer Red Bull filmed an advertisement at the World Heritage Site of Borobudur, featuring a parkour sequence with people jumping off the walls of the ancient monument. The authorities, needless to say, were not amused. Not cool, Red Bull!

Red Bull lambasted for unlicensed filming at Indonesia’s Borobudur temple
Jakarta Post, 23 March 2016

The Borobudur Conservation Agency (BKB) is preparing an official complaint against the manufacturer of energy drink Red Bull regarding an advert that has aroused the ire of the citizenry and netizenry of Yogyakarta.

BKB head Marsis Sutopo said the video was shot at the world heritage Borobudur temple without the permission of the Culture and Education Ministry.

‘€œEngaging in parkour at Borobudur temple is absolutely not recommended as it could damage the stone formation and the temple’€™s structure. It fails, moreover, to show respect for the sacred building,’€ Marsis said.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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