A visit to a local market always provides a fascinating insight into the culture of the "Real Bali." Below are a number of traditional markets in Bali arearead more...
Sukawati Village: Ancient court and Bali's best dalangs.
Conveniently located midway between mountain slopes and the sea on the main road north of Denpasar on the way to Ubud, Sukawati is a modest town of few tourist attractions as such, yet it is rich in cultural traditions and offers much for the interested visitor.
At one time, Sukawati stood with Klungkung as one of the two great negara or kingdoms of Bali. From Tegallalang to Ubud to Singapadn. topeng mask dancers still interprete the history of the old realm of Sukawati before rapt audiences. Here the arts have remained vital, thanks to royal patronage and commissions from other parts of the island. Sukawati is best known, however, for its many shadow-puppet masters or dalang. As many as 20 of these artists and their troupes are available for hire for ceremonial occasions and they travel all over Bali to perform. The Balinese say that the dalang of Sukawati are the best on the island because of many generations of experience
Ulun Danu Temple, on the western shore of the lake, dramatic Pura Ulun Danu Bratan projects into the water. This is the temple of the lake goddes who is much revered as a source of fertility. Built by the king of Mengwi in 1633. it consists of four compounds, the two outermost of which are completely surrounded by water.read more...
Bedugul Village, Bali's highland retreat, tucked into the crater of an extinct volcano, 1400 meters above the sea level, it has cold climate with temperature at night is 18 degree C at night and 24 degree C at daytime. It is known for its excellent golf course.read more...
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