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January 14 - 27, 2011 Your guide to this island

Your guide to this island

WHERE TO GO . . .

WHERE TO GO . . .

Denpasar City Tour

Denpasar City Tour is a unique tour to visit Denpasar town with all its local society activities. Some places of interest are also visited on this tour like Kumbasari Traditional Market, Jagatnata Temple and Bali Museum.

DENPASAR In the City

It is one of the short tours in Bali, which takes around 4 - 5 hours. The tour will bring you to the unique places like traditional market where you can see the local society perform their activities in the market.

river, called Kumbasari Market because the local society will feel that their shopping experience would be incomplete without going to the Kumbasari Market, especially for the Balinese who want to buy their ceremonial items. Kumbasari Market sells costume and clothing items at prices relatively cheaper than clothing items sold at the shops in Gajah Mada Street which are mostly owned by citizens of Chinese clan. Kumbasari Market was previously called Peken Payuk (pot market); it sold such items as gerabah (jar like pot), cobek (clay plates), paso (clay buckets), caratan (clay water jug), jeding (clay barrel), penyantokan (mixer from clay), coblong (clay cup),

kekeb (rice cover) and others. All of these items are used as kitchenware and for ceremony. Since this market was most popular as a place to sell payuk/ pot, hence Kumbasari Market in the past was referred to as Peken Payuk or pot market. The location of Denpasar Market is encircled by shops along the street of Gajah Mada. On the right side there is Sulawesi Street which is famous for textiles. Denpasar Traditional Market is progressively strengthening the identity of Denpasar’s economic center which is open 24 hours and is never silent or empty of visitors.

At traditional market, you will find transactions taking place between buyers and merchants with multifarious merchandise to satisfy life’s daily needs such as kitchen supplies, appliances required for Hindu ritual, fruits and tra-

Traditional Market Badung Traditional Market located on the main road, Gajah Mada Street, is the center of the town’s economics. This area has become a shopping centre of Bali. This market cannot be discharged from the existing market across Badung’s

The Vibration of Peace

ditional clothes. In this market, you will see the local people, especially the women who carry extremely heavy items in a big basket balanced on their heads.

Jagatnata Temple Jagatnata Temple is the biggest Hindu temple in Denpasar town, which many Hindu people in Denpasar visit to pray, particularly on full moon and new moon. This temple is full of religious and artistic ornaments. In the center of temple area, there is a high temple building encircled by the fertile tropical garden. From the entrance gate to the temple building you will find the Balinese decorations full of meaning to Hindu devotees. Bali Museum Bali Museum is located right next door to Jaganata Temple and in this museum you will find a lot of the ancient artifacts of prehistory which have very high artistic value. The collection in this museum provides a different experience on your tour. If the museum is not opened on the day of your tour, we will offer the alternative to visit Bali Art Center to see the biggest open theater in Denpasar town.

Places of Interest

KARANGASEM East Bali

Bali Struggle Monument-Bajra Sandhi This monument is erected in the middle of Denpasar civic center, Renon. It is a symbol of Bali people’s struggle to gain independence after the Dutch Colonials retreated from this country. This monument immortalizes the soul and spirit of Bali people’s struggle. It also aims to take care of and develop and preserve the Balinese culture for future generations. BTN (BTN/*)

Denpasar Denpasar Government GovernmentTourism Tourism Office Office Address; Address; Jl. Jl. Surapati Surapati No. No. 77 Denpasar Denpasar Ph. Ph. (0361) (0361) 234569, 234569, 223602, 223602, 231422 231422 Fax. Fax. (0361) (0361) 223602 223602 http://pariwisata.denpasarkota.go.id http://pariwisata.denpasarkota.go.id C12-191/081.1/358/Humas/2010

WHERE TO GO . . . GIANYAR The Center of Art

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mong the local residents, the Goa Gajah Temple is better known as Cave Temple, located in the west of Bedahulu Village, Blahbatuh Subdistrict, Gianyar Regency. It is about 27 km east of Denpasar. A visit to this temple can be done easily because it is only a few feet below the highway toward the village of Tampaksiring Indeed this temple was built at the valley of Petanu River having beautiful natural panorama. Goa Gajah was rediscovered in 1923 and in 1954 was rediscovered the bathing pond in front of the cave followed by the restoration and reinstallation of the shower areas that originally located in front

of the cave where its condition was incomplete. In the northern part of the temple, lies a carved Cave of Nature in the shape of the letter “T”. Inside this cave there is a Ganesha statue considered as the god of sciences. Additionally, at the location can also be encountered some fragments of statues and a Trilangga surrounded by eight small phallus. In the cave wall, there are niches

Goa Gajah Temple:

Historical and Archaeological Heritage of the hermitage and the face of Cave is decorated with carvings depicting a jungle with its contents. Similarly, there is a short inscription which reads “Kumon” and “Sahywangsa”, which according to the type of letters it is alleged to originate in the eleventh century AD . Meanwhile in the west of the cave, there is a building retaining a squating statue inside, and the Ganesha as well as Men Brayut statue. The latter in Buddhist mythology is known as Hariti, the savior of children. In front of the cave, except for the guard statues, there are also fragments of building whose origin was unknown such as the building fragments that now being gathered in the temple’s courtyard located in the west of bathing pond. Fountain statues that have worked again in the holy bathing pond are divided into three parts and in terms of its style, they are probably derived from the eleventh century AD. Unfortunately, the statue fountain located

The tiny volcanic island of Bali is one of the most physically beautiful and culturally richplace in the world. The balmy climate hush, green rice fields and lavish productions of the HinduBalinese cultural calendar never fail to charm visitor. Bali has been famous for its art since the arrival of the first European tourist in the early 20th century. Millions tourists from around the world visited Bali every year, make it more tourist service than anywhere else in Indonesia. The beauty of Bali is not only on the mainland, but also in the marine life whose offer Underwater paradise. Here, many different sites offer the beauty of marine life, from the clear water and step walls Menjangan to the famous Tulamben wreck to the 4 knot currents and cold water of Nusa Penida.

Tulamben The Underwater Paradise But the prime location is the most famous Tulamben, located at Karangasem regency, on the northeast coast of Bali. It is a beautiful bay surrounded by luxuriant vegetation with the highest mountain on the island, Gunung Agung, behind it. A hotel right on the beach also operates as a diving center. Here is where the fantasies of many divers dwell, ideal for wreck diving, deep diving, underwater photography and night diving. Tulamben beach is a spread of black sand covered smooth, fist-size rocks, the water worn remains of rubble cast here by Gunung Agung’s 1963 eruption. In the dry season, the countryside assumes a nondescript shade of brown. The water of Tulamben is so rich because its fed by a very direct eddy off the main branch current of the Indonesian Through-flow, pulling plankton-rich water from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean. It is just 8 degrees from the equator, in the world’s richest marine bio—geographic zone; it is dry, and has non serious silting or run-off‘ problems. The wreck, rocky wall and sand slopes provide a wide variety of physical habitats. These factors, taken together, may be sufficient to explain why this single bay harbor has more species than, say, the entire Hawaiian islands chain.

as a monastery of Buddhist monk and Shivite priest. This conservatism also shows the unification of Buddhism and Shiva went well. For tourists who would like to visit to Goa Gajah Temple are required to wear a scarf or sarong because other than functioning as archaeological attractions, this temple also poses a sacred place or sanctum. Sarongs and scarves are available at the location. (BTN/*) Gianyar Government Tourism Office Address; Jl. Ngurah Rai No. 9 Gianyar Ph. (0361) 943401 Fax. (0361) 943554 website:www.diparda.gianyarkab.go.id www.gianyartourism.com email: admingianyar@gianyarkab.go.id , info@gianyartourism.com C12-193/481.1/06/B.PEM/II/2010

Panoramic view of Batur Caldera, seen from the west caldera rim, shown the north caldera rim (left), Batur Volcano, within a huge depression (caldera), lake, craters, volcanic products of spectacular lava flows, eruptive BANGLI material of tuff, volcanic bombs, sand and pumice, Peace and harmony and ignimbrite (welded ash flows) are of textbook quality. Properly written field guide-books on these features will enhance the natural attraction of the Batur area. The presence of hot springs is an additional boon. Batur is a truly natural laboratory to explore further the science of volcanoes. Important study objects concern its volcanic landforms, topographic distribution and extent of its products, types and mineral composition of its products, and to ultimately interpret its development through time. Several excellent efforts by specialists have already been carried out and published as guidance to arrive at understanding the named aspects. Improvement on geological findings is commonly achieved by more detailed study. It will not be uprising if such new findings are contributed by nonThe presence of the Batur specialists. This is because specialists may be active volcano is to be properly blinkered by pre-conceived ideas. BTN exploited. This natural Bangli Government Tourism Office phenomenon and its associated Address; Jl. Sriwijaya No. 23 Bangli 80613 Ph. (0366) 91537 features in the form of location C12-192

WHERE TO GO . . .

Tabanan Regency TABANAN Rainbow over ricefields

in the middle of the pond, has not been found until now. In the meantime, in the southeast of Goa Gajah Temple occur two Buddha statues, one of them is without head while another is still good enough with the style of Central Java. The north side of this statue seemingly stay to stick on the cliffs, where the foot of the cliff temple has long fallen into the creek. On the side of this small can be found three-pronged relief of stupa and the ruins of the cliff temple having beautiful carvings. Based on archeological findings as mentioned above, it can be known the Goa Gajah Temple is derived from the ninth to eleventh centuries AD. In the past, it served

Kintamani as a Special Tourist Destination

Tabanan is the name of one district and town in Bali. Though Tabanan is not really a tourist town there are still some interesting aspects to it. Back in 1906 the Balinese and Dutch were fighting over control of the island. One of the more positive historical points of interest is the Subak Museum, located close to the main bypass road. While the museum itself is nothing special, it documents one of the most important social/economic/cultural institutions in Bali, the Subak. Dating back to 600AD, Bali has been using a system of un-

mechanized rice cultivation and water management. Bali’s ability to produce an endless supply of rice year round is central to its history. The Subak controls management of the watercourses, stretching all the way to the highland lakes. A farmer cannot simply flood all his fields at the same time, or divert a main stream to access more water. The system is intricate and the Subak museum is the place where it’s officially documented. Yeh Gangga, Lalang Linggah and Balian to the west are beach environments around the area. Highlights of the area close to Tabanan include Taman Kupu Kupu (Butterfly Park) in Wanasari and Yeh Panas hot springs. Pura Tanah Lot is a 15-minute drive South from Tabanan. Tanah Lot Tanah Lot, one of the most popular places of interest in Bali, is located on the coast of West Bali, at the village of Beraban in the Tabanan Regency. It is also called Tanah Let, which means ancient land, and also Tanah Lod, which mean the land to the south. The temple Pura Tanah Lot, simple in its construction, is dramatic in its ocean-front location and is one of the main temples in the worship of Balinese gods. Tanah Lot has a long history in the world of tourism. The temple itself is built on a small promontory, which is only accessible at low tide. During high water the rock takes on the appearance of a large boat at sea, such is its shape. Poisonous snakes live in the nearby caves to ‘guard’the temple and contribute to the temple’s dangerous reputation. Sunset is the best time to visit Tanah lot, when the golden red skies frame the temple and waves crash into the rocks. It is advisable to avoid the tourist crush here, as it can be severe. BTN Tabanan Government Tourism, Art and Cultural Office Address; Jl. Gunung Agung No. 1 Tabanan Ph/Fax. (0361) 811602 C12-197

WHERE TO GO . . .

Klungkung, the Smallest Regency on the Island

KLUNGKUNG Ancient Kingdoms

This is the smallest regency in Bali. It covers only 121 square kilometers and includes three islands, Nusa Penida, Lembongan and Ceningan. Despite its size, its influence on Balinese culture has been powerful. It was here, in the shadow of the holy volcano Agung, that the princes and priests of Majapahit gathered in 1343 to continue the kingdom by setting up ‘Keraton’ in Samprangan, but within a couple of generations, they moved to Gelgel and then to Klungkung, in 1710. In the 16th century the Gods smiled on Gelgel when Dalem Baturenggong reached an impressive political and cultural achievement to earn his ‘golden age’ Kertha Gosa, which is situated in the central town of Semarapura, was the place for administration and traditional justice in the pre-colonial times by a council consisting of the great king and his priests. Next to the Kertha Gosa is Taman Gili, known as a Floating House (Bale Kambang) which was the King’s Guard’s headquarters. These two buildings are decorated with

Kamasan Traditional Paintings. A colonial building, located next to these two buildings, is Semarajaya Museum, collecting some handicraft of Klungkung, pre-historic and historic articles especially those used in the period of Klungkung’s heroic battle. In the southern part of the museum area, there stands the main gate of Semarapura Palace ‘Pemedal Agung’. The newest sight in Semarapura Town is Patung Kandapat Sari, situated at the main junction of Semarapura town. Some people consider this statue as the landmark of Klungkung Regency. Next to this landmark stands an historical monument known as Monument of Klungkung Heroic Battle. This monument is a cenotaph reminiscent of an event that once took place on April 28, 1908. It is well known as ‘Puputan’, a counter-defence of The Great King of Klungkung against the Dutch soldiers. Moving south of Semarapura town along the main road, one will arrive at the ‘under construction’ area of Tourism Villages, home of traditional Painting, Kamasan Village and Bali’s original capital, Gelgel. BTN TOURISM of KLUNGKUNG REGENCY KLUNGKUNG GOVERNMENT TOURISM OFFICE Jl.Surapati No.3 Semarapura Bali, Indonesia

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Bali Travel News Vol.XIII No.3  

Bali Travel News Vol.XIII No.3

Bali Travel News Vol.XIII No.3  

Bali Travel News Vol.XIII No.3

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