Indonesia: Bali – Part 3

After the Royal Temple of Taman Ayun, we headed to Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot means “Land Sea” in Balinese language. It is situated in Tabanan, about 20km 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.

Tanah Lot temple was built and has been part of the Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of the seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. The temple signifies Hindu influence.

At the base of the rocky island, poisonous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. A giant snake protect the temple, which is create from Nirata’s scarf when the island was found.

To enter Tanah Lot, entrance fee of 10,000 rupiahs per person.

After Tanah Lot, we left for Uluwatu to catch the sunset and also the famous Kecek Dance performance. To enter Uluwatu there is an entrance fee of 3,000 rupiahs per person.

Sunset, my all time favourite.

The Kecak Dance

A fee of 70,000 rupiahs per person to watch the Kecak Dance.

Kecak is a form of Balinese dance and music drama, originated in the 1930s in Bali and it is performed primarily by men.

The Kecak Dance is also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, it is 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 Price Rama to fight the evil King Ravana.

However the Kecek Dance has roots from the Sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.

Feeling really sad because it was time for us to pack our bags to return to Kuala Lumpur the next day.

~ That’s all Folks, More to come, Stay Tune ~

Indonesia: Bali – Part 2

The second day in Bali. We visited the Royal Temple of Taman Ayun in Mengwi. It was built in 17th century, this impressive and spacious temple is surrounded by a wide moat, creating the sensation of standing in the middle of a lake. The temple itself has 3 ascending courtyards, each representing an increasing level of perfection in the Bali Hindu cosmos.

 The function of Taman Ayun Temple is a place to pray to their manifestation God,  God of Wisnu.

Taman Ayun Temple is now a special altar for the King’s family of Mengwi Palace. A fee of 3,000 rupiahs per person to enter the temple.

~ That’s all Folks, More to come, Stay Tune ~