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

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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,

Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets

Featuring masks used in shamanistic practices, communal rituals, and theatrical performances, this Sukawati gem speaks of the human impulse to transform one’s identity. Celebrating cultures, traditions, by housing over 1,300 masks and 5,700 puppets from across the Indonesian archipelago, China, Europe, Latin America, and Africa, the Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets is an

Tirta Empul: Bali’s Hidden Heritage

Locked way in the vicinity of Tampaksiring, Tirta Empul is one of a series of ancient and holy temples that draws the crowds every day of the year. The name, which means “holy water spring”, is bestowed on this source of holy water, which feeds a series pools and fish ponds. A group of temples

Temples by the Sea

The coastlines of Bali are home to many of the island’s ancient Hindu temples. With grandeur architecture and captivating ocean backdrops, quite a number of these temples are some of the most photographed objects due to their exquisite designs, luring visitors to the island to come and pay a visit to complete their Bali travel

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