"I was on my way to Borobudur, the ash was quite thick, visibility range dips around seven meters," The President of PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan, and Ratu Boko Laily Prihatiningtyas said on Friday.
The temple's authority, after coordinating with the Borobudur Conservation Office, decided to close the temple from any tourism activity as the Buddhist temple, built in the eight century during the Syailendran Dynasty, is covered by volcanic ash from Mount Kelud.
"Some visitors who had been already inside the park were not allowed to climb the temple." said Prihatiningtyas.
For safety measure, the temple is closed because the volcanic ash make the temple's floor slippery.
Head of Borobudur Conservation Office Marsis Sutopo has instructed a preservation measure for Borobudur Temple due to Kelud's volcanic ash. The volcanic ash from Kelud has reached the temple area around 03:00 am local time.
Mount Kelud in East Java erupted on Thursday night producing molten lava and black smoke.
The molten lava was seen clearly from the sub-district of Talun, in Blitar, East Java, around 15-20 kilometers from the mountain.
ANTARA reporter from Blitar said people were running from their homes and some hitting electricity poles to alert others that the mountain had really erupted as has been reported since 10.56pm local time.(Ant)