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Bali Cultural Highlights

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Balinese family and village life centers around their unique belief system: a mix of Hinduism and animism. You'll see offerings laid morning and evening to appease the spirits, good and bad, and to maintain balance, the ultimate aim inBali. Balinese Hinduism is colorful, bombastic and can be seen absolutely everywhere, from the simplest of households to the most impressive temples. Make friends with a local family and you're sure to be invited to see a ceremony for yourself.
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Gianyar, Jl. Raya Singapadu, Singapadu Tengah, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Balinese cremations allow the island's Hindu community to celebrate the deceased and to send them off to the next life. The ceremonies rarely include tears: Instead, families come together to ensure a proper send-off. Mass cremations, where...
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Bunutan, Abang, Seraya Bar., Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
It's quite a hike to Lempuyang temple, which sits at the summit of Mount Lempuyang, 1,058 feet above sea level, but it's worth every one of those thousand(ish) steps. Time your trip to arrive at sunrise, when the view of Mount Agung to the north...
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Metra Kaja, Yangapi, Tembuku, Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia
A little boy dressed for a traditional Balinese temple procession shows me his best Barong, or lion-dance.
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Denpasar, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia
In Bali, the new year is welcomed on a holiday called Nyepi, a day of reflection and silence when it is illegal to be out on the streets. Everything, including the international airport, is shut down, and hotel guests are forbidden to leave...
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Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia
I spent a month in Indonesia had a huge wedding 500 + and topped my trip off with our honeymoon in Bali. This is Tanah Lot and the beautiful beach area surrounding it. My wife is Indonesian and is from Semarang never had been to Bali so it was a...
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Jl. Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia
Tirta Empul is a Balinese temple complex known for its magical holy springs. People come from all over Bali to cleanse themselves in its frigid waters. A short ride from Ubud, it's a great stop to visit along with nearby Gunung Kawi.
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One of the most important celebrations in Bali is Galungan. Beginning in or around late March, the festival symbolizes the victory of virtue (dharma) over evil (adharma). Hear the mysterious clangs of gamelan music; see women and girls in...
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Jl. Raya Singapadu, Singapadu Kaler, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
So, off to one of my favorite places in the world: Bali. On this, my 11th visit, my intent is clear: manifest festivals and experience some magic. We arrive at the beautiful Ibah Villas on the edge of Ubud and Campuhan. Our host is my friend Asri,...
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Pesinggahan, Dawan, Klungkung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Balinese consult a calendar for any major life (or death) event, and cremations are no exception. On an auspicious day, it is not uncommon to see tens of families, picnics and ashes of their ancestors in hand, making a pilgrimage to Goa Lawah, or...