TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Kasepuhan Palace, Cirebon, one of the historical palace complexes of the Islamic kingdom in West Java, reopened, Saturday, after being closed for about three months over the social distancing measure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Starting from today, Cirebon's Kasepuhan Palace is reopened for students and the public to visit," Sultan Sepuh XIV Pangeran Raja Adipati Arief Natadiningrat, the palace’s leader, stated.
Sultan Arief, as he is also addressed as, noted that every visitor is required to comply with the health protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing masks, washing hands, and bringing hand sanitizers, while the palace's management has also readied some sinks for handwashing for the visitors.
Before the pandemic struck, nearly a thousand people visited the Kasepuhan Palace daily, with the monthly cumulative count of visitors reaching 15 to 20 thousand and the locals being able to earn from the sale of items or by offering services to them. Hence, Sultan Arief expressed hope that this reopening would help to generate a regular source of earning for the people to make a living.