Colorful and happy
a. Badung market:
This is the largest traditional market in Denpasar. It is open all day and in the evening and sells not only articles for the daily needs but also materials to make traditional clothing, electronics, art and gold and silver jewelry.
Here is the biggest bird market of Bali. Hundreds of species of birds are sold here, and there is also a lively trade in monkeys, snakes, frogs, mice and tropical fish. It is located at Jalan Veteran.
c. Candi Kuning:
This market is located in Bedugul. Here they sell vegetables, fruits and herbs plus exotic flowering plants, creating a kaleidoscope of beautiful colours. Here you can buy cheap fresh fruit and vegetables. Try the local fruits such as Bali Jeruk or grapefruit and yellow passion fruit.
The Sidemen Valley is an idyllic spot. It is famous for its beautiful nature and the simple traditional way of life in agriculture and also in the weaving mills where with traditional tools are still being used. A place of tranquility and beauty in a magical Valley.
This is a small village and the houses are almost all the same, they have their own patio full with separate buildings. Each House has its own family Temple. The houses are very neat and clean. They stand in a long line next to each other with numbers.
Here in the fertile valleys under the smoke of the mighty volcano Gunung Agung which in 1963 caused a natural disaster lies the Raja Palace. The last Radja had a penchant for architecture and created a very beautiful water garden here.
This is the cultural centre of Bali. Ubud is especially famous for painting. The traditional Balinese culture is held high here, and religious ceremonies, dance performances and celebrations are often held in their honor. This takes place in the immediate vicinity of the Palace, which is still is inhabited by the Prince with his family who only fulfils a symbolic function. If you visit Ubud you are almost guaranteed to see one of these colourful festivities.
h. Taman Ujung:
This is a historical location in East Bali in an area that so far has not attracted many visitors. Located here is the water Palace that was restored after a large earthquake in 1976. The architecture of the surrounding buildings and the water basins are a mixture of different cultures; a cross between Western style with arches from the Middle East, and the rich ornamentation from Bali. From this Palace, you can enjoy a wonderful view over the Lombok Strait.
Amidst the rice fields here is a castle and in the garden there are Balinese statues with water flowing and a towering fountain. The old Balinese rulers had a soft spot for these ornate water works, which also have an irrigation function for the surrounding rice fields. Here it is advisable to go for a walk over the small dykes, which cut across the rice fields. Doing so you arrive in small villages where the people are still isolated and have to live on what they earn from the rice fields and palm trees.
CULTURE, ART AND EVERYDAY LIFE OF THE BALINESE.
Questions? click on the link and send us an E-mail.
Sartika Meilani & Putu
Your local Dutch and Englisch talking guides on Bali