: Gianyar Regency
Gianyar is the second most populated region of Bali and as a modern and
prosperous center of the arts in this island. Most of the cultural activities
relating with tourism - painting, woodcarving, dance and music - are focused
here. The major tourist area of Gianyar consist of a string of villages
along the main road up from Batubulan to Ubud, with each village being
famous for a different artistic form. Bali's most famous dancers and best
known painters come from this region. Bali's most famous antiquities have
also been found in this area.
If you traveling by road from Denpasar to Ubud, this is the first village
you reaches. This village is famous for its stone carvings and ornate
door-guardian statues. Most of the stone sculptures you see around Bali
are almost certainly made in Batubulan. All along the main road you can
find many shops displayed carvings. Batubulan is also home of Barong Dance
which is performed seven times a week at 09.30 am. The Pura Puseh Batubulan
is well worth visiting.
Although many arts and crafts have prospered in Celuk, the village is
better known as the centers for Balinese goldsmiths and silversmiths.
Almost every home in the village contain small scale production facilities.
Their products bracelets, rings, earrings and brooches - have started
to enter export market. Along the main road between Batubulan and Celuk
you will find more than 40 jewelry workshops.
Singapadu is well-known for topeng and barong mask making. In the past
Singapadu was known as a center for dance and music. Unfortunately, these
groups have today largely withered away. Many well-known dancers have
come from this village.
Sukawati is famous for its commercial center of town , the art market
(Pasar Seni) .You can find bargains here for reasonable price on everything
from woodcarvings to paintings, dance costumes. At night when the art
market is closed, a night market provides a good selection of Indonesia
food. Sukawati also best known for its puppeteers (dalang). Many artists
and their troupes are available for hire to perform at ceremonial occasions
all over Bali. Dalang from Sukawati are the best on the island because
of many generation of experience.
Mas village lies on the main road along the road to Ubud. This Village
is famous for woodcarving craft. Dozens of workshops now line in the main
road. One can see craftsmen at work in small workshops in the galleries.
The system is paternalistic. Technology is still quite traditional. Mas
also of historical significance to Bali's history as it was here that
the great priest Danghyang Nirartha had his hermitage in the Pura Taman
Pule. There is a Wayang Wong (masked) dance troupe in Mas
Ubud is one hour from Denpasar, is located in the cooler hills. Ubud is
the artistic and cultural heart of Bali, the centre of the Balinese paintings,
an ideal place to see Balinese dance. Legong, Ramayana, Baris, Kecak,
and Fire Dance are perfomed nightly in or around Ubud area. Ubud has many
museums, gallery such as Puri Lukisan Museum, Seniwati Gallery , Komaneka
Gallery, Antonio Blanco's gallery, Neka Museum. Visit also the Monkey
Forest - walk along Monkey Forest Road from Ubud, down into the dense
forest where you will find a bunch of happy monkeys waiting for passing
tourists. (The monkeys are happy but just a little naughty, so hold on
tight to your cameras, bags, eyeglasses) . Ubud's surroundings offer many
rewarding walks an excursions up hill and enjoying long strolls through
ANTIQUITIES OF GIANYAR
Gianyar has some of the most important archeological sites on the island.
The first major site encountered coming from Ubud, known as Goa Gajah
(Elephant Cave). This name from the archeologist who discover it in 1923,
because there is a giant head with floppy ears above the entrance which
at a first glance thought to represent an elephant. In front of the cave
are two bathing pools with spring water gushing from spouts held by female
figures. A kilometer from Goa Gajah are the antiquities of Yeh Pulu, dating
from the late 14th century. After a short walk through rice terraces,
you will arrive at an ancient rock carving, the carving depicts various
scenes of everyday life and the figures of elephant-headed Ganesh indicate
a close relationship between the two sites. One of the most sacred spots
on Bali is Tirta Empul. It is lies just north of Tampaksiring.
For detail or further information about our Adventure,
Wildlife and Cultural trip to ALL OVER INDONESIA, kindly please contact