Sartika Meilani & Putu
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Monuments and temples
a. Taman Puputan (Puputan square) and Bajra Sandi:
Both are a monument to the struggle of the Balinese people against the resistance in order to submit to the Dutch by the long brutal fight which was around 1908. The Dutch decided to let them have special treatment within the colonial regime. The monument has a unique shape. Bajra resembles a church bell and inside the building you can see how hard the Balinese fought against their Dutch rulers.
b. The Palace of Ubud:
The Palace is still inhabited by the Royal family. The monarch has no power now he only has a symbolic value. The Palace is open every day. In the late afternoon, it is used for dance and gamelan exercises.
c. Goa Gajah:
The elephant cave. The cave dates from the 10th century and is carved into a hill. The space is dimly lit so you can see an image of Ganesha, the son of Ciwa the god of science. This used to be a meditation place for priests.
d. Gunung Kawi Temple:
A visit to this temple is advisable, the road meanders through beautiful scenery. The temple dates from the year 989. To reach the temple, one must descend a staircase with about 300 steps, during this descent one can enjoy a view over the beautiful rice terraces, forests and the river.
e. Tirta Empul:
Here rises a Holy source. The source was made by the god Indra to cure his sick soldiers. Many Balinese believe in a medicinal functioning of the source. Outside the Temple we find three separated baths where you have to bathe before you can go to pray inside. Above the Temple stands a residence for the president.
f. Kehen Temple:
This temple is located in Bangli. This is the third largest temple in Bali, the temple has three large courtyards that are connected by stairs. The buildings are decorated with beautiful woodcarvings inside and out. A large Banyan tree adorns the last two courtyards.
g. Taman Ayun Temple:
This temple is located in Tabanan. The temple is built on a high plateau that is surrounded by ponds, this gives an effect that the Temple floats on the water. The temple is famous for its beautiful wooden Merus or Pagoda. In the central part is a building called ' baal ' cock ' ' this is decorated with beautiful carvings with interesting reliefs and statues of the nine gods Dewa Nawa Sanga.
h. Tanah Lot:
The temple is situated on a rock in the sea. This temple is built in the 16th century, and is a tribute to the gods of the sea. At low tide you can walk to the temple. Tanah means ground, and Lot means sea. At the bottom of the rock are two caves, in one is a freshwater spring and in the other one live small Holy snakes. If you stand on one of the many terraces here you can watch a beautiful sunset.
i. Ulun Danu Temple:
This temple is dedicated to the goddess of Bratan Lake. The temple is situated on a Lake which sprang from the old crater of the Volcano Bratan. The weather is mostly cool here at an altitude of 1239 meters. When the mist is blown away by the wind then you will see a beautiful temple with a special image in the water of the Lake merus.
It was formerly the capital of Bali. Here is also an old port which still is used as an old harbour to export coffee and many fruits which are cultivated in the area. There are many old buildings in the small streets around the harbour and a diverse population with a mixture of Chinese, Muslims and Balinese live here .
k. Beji Temple:
This temple is located in near Sangsit. It is a holy place for the worship of the goddess '' Dewi Sri '' who is the goddess of agriculture. The entire Temple is decorated with ornaments in Buleleng style that are painted in a colorful way which makes the whole thing very unique.
l. Meduwe Karang Temple:
The temple is dedicated to Meduwe Karang Batara (God of the ground). The temple ensures protection of crops and fruitful ground. At the entrance are three rows of Ramayana statues. The temple is walled and decorated with columns.
m. Goa Lawah Temple:
Also the so-called bats Temple, built in the 11th century and is considered one of Bali's top attractions. At the entrance of the cave you can see all the bats hanging there. You need to visit here at dusk. The bats colony leaves the cave in a large moveable black ribbon, to consume countless tropical insects. Also here on the coast coarse sea salt is excavated.
n. Kerta Gosa:
This Royal court dates from the beginning of the 18th century is located in Klungkung. The ceilings are painted with unusual vivid performances of the sentences that were pronounced. Most paintings show the scenes from Balinese mythology. In the Bale Kambang Pavilion important guests were received, it is surrounded by water with water lilies making it look as if it is floating on a sea of these colourful flowers.
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