Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tegallalang Villages

Tegallalang Village rice terraces has beautifull view with coconut trees and beautifull small river valley. Tegallalang Village well known with the village of handicrafts centre specially for wholesale and export, a long of the road you will see a lot of the shops, they sell variety of painted woodcarving with colorfull designed. The painted woodcarving products the sell made from very light wood with reasonable price, they do sell theirs handicrafts for retail too. Entrance fee cost at 5,000 rupiah per person.

Kecak Dance

Kecak (pronounced [ˈketʃa], alternate spellings: Ketjak and Ketjack) is a form of Balinese dance and music drama, it originated in the 1930s Bali and is performed primarily by men, although a few women's kecak groups exist as of 2006.

Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by a circle of 150 or more performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting "cak" and throwing up their arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana where the monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. However, Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Barong & Keris Dance

Barong is a lion-like creature and character in the mythology of Bali, Indonesia. He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda, the demon queen and mother of all spirit guarders in the mythological traditions of Bali. The battle between Barong and Rangda is featured in Barong dance to represent the eternal battle between good and evil.

In Balinese mythology, the good spirit is identified as Banas Pati Raja. Banas Pati Raja is the fourth "brother" or spirit child that accompanies a child throughout their life, which is a similar concept to guardian angels. Banas Pati Raja is the spirit which animates Barong. A protector spirit, he is often represented as a lion. The Barong is often portrayed accompanied by two monkeys. Barong is portrayed as a lion with red head, covered in white thick fur, and wearing gilded jewelry adorned with pieces of mirrors. The shape of lion Barong is somewhat similar to a Pekingese dog.

Tirta Empul - Tampak Siring Temple

Tirta Empul Temple (Indonesian: Pura Tirta Empul) is a Hindu temple in the middle of Bali Island, Indonesia, famous for its holy water where Hindu Bali people go for purification.

Tirta Empul Temple was built in 926 A.D. during the Warmadewa dynasty (from the 10th to 14th centuries), at a site where there was a large water spring.

On the left side of the temple is a modern villa on the hill. built for President Sukarno's visit in 1954, which is now used as a rest house for important guests.

Ubud Village, Palace & Monkey Forest

Ubud Village
Ubud Village is a traditional village supervising 13 Banjar (group of community) and 6 custom countryside. It is located in Ubud sub district, Gianyar Regency and about 20 km from Denpasar Town. Ubud Vilage can be reached within 30 minutes or 15 minutes from Gianyar Town and this place is situated in the high land about 300 meter above sea level. Ubud is surrounded by the good temperature compare with other regions in Bali where the temperatures are relative cool that is ideally for everyone to stay in this beautiful place. This village is occupied 9.800 peoples which most of them are Hindu. They able to keep the environment naturally so that way this place usually used by many tourist/people/actors to get the art inspiration.

Mas & Celuk Villages

Mas Woodcarving Village
Mas is a flourishing center for woodcarving about 20km north of Denpasar and 6km South of Ubud. You will see dozens of woodcarving shops lining the main road where you can witness a rectangular block of wood being transformed into intricate and amazingly realistic carvings women, dophins, horses and mermaids, or other forms that materialize out of these skillful craftsmens imaginations. The woodcarving craft is a skill learned from an early age within the family. They use traditional methods and basic tools such as axes and chisels made localy. The carvings are turned into table lamps, coffee tables or make attractive displays on their own. If you plan to make a purchase, be prepared to ship it back home via a courier service or if you settle for a smaller purchase, you could pack it in your luggage or carry it onboard.

Bedugul. Lake Beratan & Bali Botanical Gardens

Bedugul is an area in the mountain range of Central Bali. Bedugul is the name used to cover a large area of the central highlands of Bali around the villages of Bedugul itself, Candikuning, Pancasari, Pacung and Wanagiri (amongst others). This is an area of great natural beauty. The focus point of the area centres on the three crater lakes of Bratan (Beratan), Buyan and Tamblingan, and the nearby botanical gardens. The whole area is at an altitude of 700 metres or more, with the tallest mountain peaks above 2,000 metres, and it can be distinctly chilly here. This article covers the Bedugul area as well as the village of Munduk to the west, and areas between Bedugul and Mount Batukaru to the south west. Mount Batukaru itself is covered in the Tabanan article.


Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is home of a pilgrimage temple, the Pura Tanah Lot (literally "Tanah Lot temple"), and a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism.

Tanah Lot means "Land [sic: in the] Sea" in the Balinese language.  Located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide.

Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th-century priest Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island's beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.

Kintamani, Batur Mount & Lake

The area of north-eastern Bali at the Mount Batur caldera, and which encompasses Penelokan, Toya Bungkah, Batur and Kintamani villages, is known widely as just Kintamani. Kintamani, Batur and Penelokan villages sit on the rim of the huge Batur caldera about 1,500m above sea level, and offer dramatic views of the active volcano Mount Batur and serene Lake Batur. Toyo Bungkah village is down at the lake edge.

As well as the lake and the volcano, Kintamani is home to Pura Ulun Danu Batur, one of Bali's key nine directional temples. The main attraction for visitors is located around Lake Batur where Penelokan village provides spectacular views of this crater lake and Mount Batur, set in a vast volcanic caldera. Photo opportunities abound, but try to be there as early in the morning as you can manage before the cloud inevitably starts to gather.

Jatiluwih: World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Listed as a World Heritage Site, Jatiluwih is the place where you can find magnificent view of rice field terraces, organic farming with Balinese traditional method and 300 hectares of rice fields. Jatiluwih is located in Tabanan regency, 20 km away from Tabanan capital city. The village of Jatiluwih is around 1,500 meters above sea level and offers magnificent views of rice fields stretching to the coast with Mount Batukaru stand majestically on the background.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Uluwatu Temple & Kecak Dance

There is a myth about Hindu priest from Java called "Dang Hyang Nirartha" or " Peranda Sakti Wawu Rauh", full of mystical episodes since his arrival until his disappearance in Bali. The story of this priest written on palm leaves called "lontar" in middle Balinese language mixed with old Javanese and Sanskrit. It is not known weather the story was written by this priest himself or other priest who wish to promote the name of priest to have been one having merit for Balinese. The story is strongly influneced by the literature of India such as speculation of Sorga ( heaven ) which is the same as other religion that is concerning the world after death or the "here after" This world is contrasted into two polarization such as Eden and hell.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Taman Ayun Temple

The temple is located in the village of Mengwi, now a town, around 18 kms north west of Denpasar city. If one wish to find this temple she/he can take the main road of Denpasar - Bedugul through the town of Kapal, then arrive at well known cow market of Beringkit, from here the temple is only around 5 kms to the direction of Bedugul. Exactly at the cross road of Mengwi town turn right, one will soon see the temple. The name of Taman Ayun literally means the garden of mind. It was probably the temple was designed not only as religious purpose, but also as an art that could be uses as the place of relax and refreshing the soul of the king as well as the people who worship the god and homage of the ancestors. Seen physically, the temple confirms the specific views nd careful choice of location from where the environments are lower and on the west side of the temple location is a river which is blocked at the southern end of the temple to form a wide pool bordering the west part of the temple, and exactly across the pool is the palace.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

About Bali

More than four thousand years ago, Bali was an emerald green, tropical rain forest covered island. The first wave of human arrivals from across the seas brought with them techniques for rice cultivation, new languages and new customs. These early immigrants and others who followed over the years helped to create a haven, providing today's visitors with a wealth of sights and sounds, dances, music, arts and crafts.

The Island of the Gods is situated approximately on latitude 8o South and longitude 115o East. Bali and the neighboring island of Lombok are the most westerly of the Little Sunda Islands, and part of the 13,700 islands that make up Indonesia, the largest archipelago in the world.