Bali, Indonesia: A Visual Diary

Last Updated: November 13th, 2018

 

Spending a week in Bali and still one can’t get enough of how truly majestic and breathtaking this tiny island is. Bali is home to most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority and is renowned for its culture, and arts– traditional dance performances, wooden and stone sculptures, painting, and leather crafting among others. Here are some of the most notable performances and places when you visit Bali:

 

Kecak Fire Dance is one of Bali’s most iconic art performances and is famous for using human voice instead of gamelan instruments.

A tourist facing one of the Kecak Dance characters

A tourist facing one of the Kecak Dance characters

 

The performers while chanting "Kecak" (pronounced as kechak)

The performers while chanting “Kecak” (pronounced as kechak)

 

Tourists watching the Kecak Fire Dance at sunset

Tourists watching the Kecak Fire Dance at sunset

 

Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest is regarded as the island’s ‘other monkey forest’ after the more prominent and visited one, the Ubud Monkey Forest.

 

A monkey seemingly contemplating his existence

A monkey seemingly contemplating his existence

 

A group of monkeys clutching their babies

A group of monkeys clutching their babies

 

The Barong and Kris Dance in Kesiman Village is a Balinese dance story about the struggle between good and evil.

A Balinese man playing the instrument for the Barong and Kris Dance

A Balinese man playing the instrument for the Barong and Kris Dance

 

One of the characters of the Barong and Kris dance

One of the characters of the Barong and Kris dance

 

Kuta is home to some of the busiest areas in Bali, Legian Street, and the famous surfing spot, Kuta Beach. If you’ve ever been to Boracay, it has the same vibe.

 

Kuta Beach is famous for surfing and Bali's sunset

Kuta Beach is famous for surfing and Bali’s sunset

 

A rider driving past a row of motorcycles in Legian Street

A rider driving past a row of motorcycles in Legian Street

 

One of the many art galleries scattered around Kuta

One of the many art galleries scattered around Kuta

 

A couple sharing a moment in Kuta Beach

A couple sharing a moment in Kuta Beach

 

The Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud is a picturesque scene similar to the oldest rice terraces in the world, the Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, Mountain Province in the Philippines.

 

After the harvest season

After the harvest season

 

Native huts overlooking the rice terraces

Native huts overlooking the rice terraces

 

Tirta Empul Temple Tampaksiring was built in 962 A.D. and is dedicated to Vishnu, one of the principal deities of Hinduism.

 

One of the doors inside the temple

One of the doors inside the temple

 

Tourists taking a dip at Tirta Empul

Tourists taking a dip at Tirta Empul

 

Taman Ayun Temple, literally translated as “beautiful garden”, was built in 1634 by the then ruler of the Mengwi kingdom, I Gusti Agung Putu.

 

The intricate details of one of the temples inside Taman Ayun

The intricate details of one of the temples inside Taman Ayun

The cockfighting pavilion

The cockfighting pavilion

 

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, located on the shores of Lake Bratan near the mountains of Bedugul, was built in 1663 in adoration of the Goddess Dewi Danu. Danu, in the Balinese tongue, means lake, while the goddess Danu is the queen of water, lakes, and rivers.

 

Gloomy weather at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Gloomy weather at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

 

 

– The Manila Project

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Sources

  1. Wonderful Bali
  2. Bali Travel Guide
  3. Wikipedia

 

 

 

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