Pura Puncak Luhur Sari: The Temple of Love

William Shakespeare has his Romeo and Juliet, and Bali has its similar tragic love story. Sitting on the top of the hill in Kalianget village, North Bali, is the gravesite of Jayaprana and Layon Sari, the island’s ‘Romeo’ and his beloved ‘Juliet’.  Pura Puncak Luhur Sari, or popularly known as Pura Jayaprana, is a landmark

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Pura Candidasa Temple: Ten Children and a Happy Goddess

The name Candi Dasa derives from the words cili dasa, meaning “ten children”. This temple, Pura Candi Dasa, is believed to be the source of fertility and abundance. And when it rains, the magic will grow even stronger. As the most popular area along the coast of East Bali, Candi Dasa provides a quiet seaside

Sangeh Monkey Forest

Pura Bukit Sari and the Tale of Talking Monkeys

This temple is so magical that it is said that the monkeys inhabiting it and the trees surrounding it also have magical powers – they can talk and walk. This is the tale of Pura Bukit Sari, otherwise known as the Sangeh Monkey Forest.  The 13-hectare forestland of Sari Hill in Mengwi is a protected grove

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple: The Gate to Heaven

Pura Luhur Uluwatu or popularly known as the Uluwatu temple is dramatically located on a cliff’s edge. The temple, as documented on ancient lontar, is also a portal that can transfer those who deserve it to heaven. Uluwatu temple is celebrated for its religious importance and the stunning natural surroundings, making it one of the

Pura Kebo Edan Temple and The God with Four Penises

The sexual tension used to be high at this temple. The male worshippers envied the size of the god’s phallus, and the females were aroused. And so the statue of god Ciwa Bhairawa with his four phalluses were covered with a chequered cloth.   Pura Kebo Edan is an interesting temple with an unusual story. But

Pura Rambut Siwi : The Temple That Grew from Hair

Dang Hyang Nirartha stumbled upon this temple during his pilgrimage journey in the mid-sixteenth century. The temple was ruined, so Nirartha took a lock of his hair to fix it.  The biggest temple in the Jembrana regency, Pura Rambut Siwi, occupies the West coastal area with majestic grandeur of Balinese architecture and a captivating ocean

Pura Samuan Tiga: The Temple of Three Gods in Disguise

The story of this temple resembles that of the Olympian gods who came down to earth, disguised as mortals to save humanity. Gianyar was ruled by an unjust, wicked and somewhat atheist leader named Maya Denawa during the 11th century. And just like wicked geniuses like those villains in your favourite movies, Denawa was a

Taman Ujung Water Palace and the Enchantment of East Bali

The spectacular coastal roads of eastern Bali is an adventure in its own right, with green hills on one side and stunning cliffs and raw ocean views on the other. Many of the villages don’t really receive a large number of visitors, thus ideal for those who wish to avoid tourist crowds. Karangasem in East

Goa Gajah Entrance. Photo by Namhar

The Ancient Archaeological Sites of Bali

Bali’s archaeological sites seem to stand outside and beyond the reaches of time. Traces of the old Hindu civilisation can be found in many corners of the island, and the excitement one feels when strolling along their ancient pathways is indescribable. PURA KEBO EDAN  Before we get started, here’s a quick lesson in Bahasa Indonesia:

Tihingan, The Village of Musical Craftsmen

Tihingan is where the music on the island comes from, a rare gem even in the artsy, culturally rich Bali.  Indeed, the traditional Gamelan orchestra is one of Bali’s unique characteristics. From a simple celebration on the island’s rural villages to grand temple ceremonies, the orchestra is always played as an integral part of the

Bali’s Beguiling Chinese Temples

Here and there around Bali are gorgeous Chinese temples. Known as klenteng they are mostly old and have seen their share of history and hard times. Indonesia and Bali have long had contact with China. Trade started centuries ago and after time, these traders established small communities which then needed to have a place of

The Holy Spring Temple

Thousands of steps lead down, down, down, through pristine jungle. Along the way, shrines are decorated with fresh offerings, although because we are very early, there is no sign of human life anywhere. We are heading to the holy springs of Sebatu, a little known place that is right off the tourist trail, but well

Temples of Tampaksiring

The major archaeological sites in Tampaksiring seem to stand outside and beyond the reaches of time. Traces of the old Hindu civilisation can be found in many corners of the area, and the excitement one feels when strolling along their ancient pathways is indescribable. The name Tampasiring is derived from the words “Tampak”, meaning foot,

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