Bali is a popular holiday destination but it’s important visitors respect local rules and customs on the Indonesian island. A couple on holiday in Bali have been lambasted after they showed disrespect at one of the island’s key religious sites. Sabina Dolezalova and Zdenek Slouka, from the Czech Republic, were filmed by a friend at Beji Temple in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The video, which has rapidly gone viral after being posted to Instagram, shows the couple performing an action branded as “disgusting.”
The short clip shows blonde Sabina lifting up her skirt and exposing her bare bottom next to a holy water fountain.
Zdenek then proceeds to fill his hand with water from the sacred spout and slaps his girlfriend’s derrière with it.
Sabina can be seen wriggling away and laughing at the action before the video comes to an end.
The cheeky video was initially posted to Instagram where the couple boast a combined following of 85,000 users.
However, it was spotted by Dr Arya Wedakarna, who reportedly works as a senator on Bali.
He reposted the video on Instagram to his Instagram following of 172,000 where it attracted widespread criticism.
Wedakarna said in his post that the pair were “harassing” Beji Temple in a post that has since been liked nearly 6,000 times.
Sabina, a bikini fitness competitor, and Zdenek, an online coach for nutrition and training, deleted the video on their own accounts and have since made their profiles private.
However, their actions have been slammed as “disgusting” and “insulting.” One Instagram user said of their “stupid” actions: “As a tourist, you should have learned about the local culture, religion, and what you can do or what you can’t do before you came to the country that you want to visit.”
“It’s not funny, it’s disgraceful, that woman has no grace,” another person commented. “I am really sorry to everyone in Bali, we tourists from the [Czech Republic] are not all the same.”
A third posted: “Come on, don’t be stupid saying that you didn’t have [any] idea about it,” another wrote. “Look at you [now,] pretending that you are sorry but when you did it you laughed at our holy temple. Use your brain.”
The Czech couple have since uploaded a video apologising for their actions in Bali.
“We are so sorry about the video from yesterday, we dishonoured the holy temple and holy water in Ubud and we didn’t know it,” Zdenek said. “So, we are so sorry about what happened.”
“We had no idea [about] the holy water, holy temple… we really didn’t want to do anything bad, we are so truly sorry, and we hope you can forgive us,” Sabina added. “Now, we are just trying to do what we [can] to fix it.”
Sabina is said to have made a financial donation to the village after the incident in a gesture of apology.
“A voluntary contribution was proposed to the local village. Whatever amount Sabina and her friends give, it is up to them and purely voluntary,” Daniel Šimkovič, the woman’s manager, told local media, Yahoo reported.
Earlier this month, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra near Bali.