Explore Indonesia: Bali

Bali

Bali

Art and culture are strongly bonded to Bali’s unique form Hinduism called “Hindu Dharma”. Classical dance drams are based on the old Hindu epic of the Ramayana and the Mahabarata, but contain an element of local folklore peculiar to the island. The very soul of Bali is rooted in religion and is expressed in art forms that have been passionately preserved over the countries. It seems that almost every person is an artist. Whether expressed trough beautiful and intricate paintings and dances, extraordinary carvings, superb weaving or even in decorations made for the myriad shrines, the island is live with art.

Regular performance of the popular dances such as the legong kraton, the barong kris and the baris dances, easily found throughout Bali. They usually staged for tourists by the village people. The Kecak is performed at night by torchlight. They gave managed to preserve their culture despite over whelming foreign influences brought to region by an ever-increasing number of tourists. Water sport have naturally gained in popularity and Bali offers superb surfing, windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving and white water rafting.

Place of Interst

Denpasar
The capital city of Bali, Denpasar has many community temples, called “Pura”. The Pura Jagatnatha is dedicated to Supreme God, Sang Hyang Vidi Wasa. The statue of a turtle and two dragons (prevalent in all temples) signifies the foundation of the world. The Pura Jaganatha Museum offers a fine variety of prehistoric and modern art, and its architectural design is based oil that of a place. The government-supervised “Sanggraha Kriya Hasta” has wide variety of handicraft and works of art. The “Werdi Budaya” presents a yearly art festival between June and July, with performances, exhibitions and an art contest.

Benoa Harbor
The main harbor of Bali which is located about 6 km to the south of Denpasar.it caters the need of local and international sea journey. This harbor has become the home base of different cruises (Bali Hai cruises, Bounty cruises, Mabua, Wakalouko, etc) towards eastern islands, and international yacht races are frequently organized here.

The Museum of Le Mayeur Kelandis Village
Established by Belgium artist, le Mayeur, it is about 200 meters to the north of the Grand Bali Beach Hotel. The main attraction of the museum is painting of Ni Polok, a local Balinese woman, le Mayeur’s wife. Ni Polok was famous traditional Balinese dances.

Sanur Tourism Beach Resort
Located 6 km from Depasar city or 20 minutes drive from Denpasar. Sarnur Beach was the fisrt beach landed by the Dutch on 20 September 1906 related with Puputan War. All international facilities are available for tourist and marine activity.

Werdhi Budaya Art Center
It is a tertiary level conservatorium, Dance and Drama School for traditional Balinese performing art.

Kuta
It is popular beach for surfing although currents make it suitable for swimming. Lifeguard are on cnstat duty during the day. Kuta offering a beautiful sunset, accommodation range form international hotels to home-stays, village abounds with restaurant, shops, discotheques and other tourist facilities. It is easier to find regular performances are staged nightly. This area is ideal for meeting and mixing locals as well as visitors form abroad

Batubulan

Driving northwest from Denpasar, stone figures oil the roadside mark the village of Batubulan. Divinities and demons are carved from sandstone for ornaments of houses and temples. Workshop can be visited to watch artist at work.

Batuan
An old and famous center of the art, it is now known for its dancing, wood panel raving and painting

Celuk
Northwest of Denpasar, the village of Celuk is noted for its silver and gold works of jewelry in many styles

Mas
it is a village having woodcravers and Bali’s old master still live here. Art galleries exhibit some of their best work. Visitors can wonder through the Balinese style houses to view the carved wooden pillars and the artist instructing apprentices.

Ubud
The center of Balinese painting, Ubud’s Museum “Puri Lukisan” has a permanent collection of modern works of Balinese art dating from the turn of the century. There are several art galleries and homes of famous artist Dutch-born Hans Snel and American Antonio Bkanco. Ubud has several hotels, located in the foot hill of the central mountain range and terrace paddy fields, giving it’s a cool and pleasant climate.

Peliatan
Its located between Ubud and Mas, known as the center of tradional music and dances.

Kintamani
The village of Kintamani and Penelokan give view of Batur Lake and the active mt. Batur. The Caldera of Batur is 7 miles in diameter and 60 feet deep. From Penelokan, a road leads to Kedisan on the shores of the lake where boats can be hired to cross over Trunyan. This ancient village is inhabited bt people call themselves “Bali Aga” or “Original” Balinese, and have maintained many of their old ways until now

Pura Kehen
Its is Bali’s second largest temple, three terraced courtyards are connected by steps, and their balustrades are decorated with carving and statues. A large Banyan tree with a tower shads the lowest and second courtyard, while in the third courtyard several shrines for the Gods and ancestor are found.

Klungkung
The former seat of the Javanese Hindu Kingdom in Bali which Balinese royalty draws its bloodline; Klungkung was the oldest kingdom on the island and the King (Raja) the most exalted. The Kerta Gosa or Royal Court of Justice, built in the 18th century, known for its ceiling murals, painted in the traditional puppet style, portraying punishment in hell and the rewards in heaven. The floating pavilion, garden and lotus ponds in this walled-in complex are reminder of the former glory of this kingdom

Besakih
It is known as the “Mother of Bali Temple”, the sanctuary of Besakih on the slopes of Mt. Agung, the biggest and holiest of all Balinese temples. Over thousand years old, step ascend through spilt gates to the main temples dedicated to the Trinity (Shiva, Brahma, and Visnu) are 18 separate sanctuaries belonging to different regencies and caste groups. To the Balinese, a visit to the temple’s sanctuaries is a special pilgrimage. Each has its own anniversary celebration of “Odalan”. The sight of the mountain impressive and during festivals colored inners adds a touch of gaiety.

Sangeh
Ten hectares of nutmeg trees in the Sangeh forest abound with monkeys. The forest abound with monkeys. The forest is considered sacred, so no wood allowed to be chopped here. Two temples stand in the middle of the forest and another at the edge. As they live in this sacred forest, the monkey are also held sacred and are rather tame, but it is advisable no to play with them.

Bedugul
The mountain resort of Bedugul 18 km north of Denpasar, is known for its excellent golf course. Located beside Bratan Lake, it is surrounded by forested hills. A beautiful sight Is the “Ulun Danu” temple which seems to rise out of the lake. The area offers good walks. Boats are available for water skiing and parasailing.

Tenganan
Protected for centuries from the outside world by its surround walls, the village of Tenganan has maintained its ancient pre-Hindu customs through a strong code of non-fraternization with outsider. Here unique rituals, dances, and gladiator like battles bweteen youths take place. Tenganan is foums for its “Double Ikat” woven material called Gringsing.

Sanur
Sanur offers many good hotesls, restaurant, shops, and other tourist facilities. It is only a short drive form Denpasar. Public transportation is easily available until night. Offshore reefs protect the beach and make it popular for windsurfing, boating and other water sport.

Tampak Siring
The temple of Pura Tirta Empul was built around the sacred spring at Tampak Siring. Over 1,000 years old, the temple and its two bathing places have been valued by the people because of the spring water’s curative powers. Regular ceremonies are held for purification. Specialties of the area are bone and ivory carving

The Nusa Dua
The tourist resort is part of the Bukit Peninsula, in southern of Bali. Some of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels are found here. The resort is known for its clean white beaches and clear water.the surf is gentle along the northern side of the Peninsula, bigger along the south.

Goa Gajah (Gajah Cave)
Dates back to the 11th century and believed to have been built as a monastery. Carving on the wall show a demon head over the entrance, flanked by two statues. The cave contains a statue of Ganesha. Excavations have uncovered a bathing place with six status of nymphs holding waterspouts.

Tanah Lot
One of the Bali’s most important sea temples, the temple sanctuary at Tanah Lot was built a top a huge rock surrounded by the sea. Built by one of the last priests that come to Bali form Java in the 16th century, it’s an offering ritual to the guardian sprit of the sea. Poisonous sea snake found at the base of the rocky island are believed to guard the temple from evil spirit and intruders. The best time to see Tanah Lot is in the late afternoon when the temple is in silhouette

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