Bali is truly authentic and has something to discover around every corner. There is just so much to do on the island and its ocean provides so many activities for the water adventurer. I have put together some pictures about what I saw exploring the island, how I interpreted their culture and how talented and unique their arts are.
Bali temples and traditions
The Balanise have strong religious Hindu practices with thousands of Ancient Temples all over Indonesia. They are meant to be pleasant resting places for the Gods during their stay on the island. Each one of Bali’s temples is unique and either face towards the mountains, sea or sunrise.
The Huge carved entrance gate is usually a split gate guarded on both sides by statues
Every house also has its own little shrine, usually a dedication to their ancestors.
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Balinese century old style architecture is made up of local natural materials found on the Island influenced from local Hindu traditions.
Twice a year (during Galungan) tall tapered beautifully decorated poles (or Penjor’s) that are made from bamboo and flowers are placed outside Balinese Hindu homes. They symbolize the dominance of good over evil as well as to offer thanks to the Gods.
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The islands landscape
From the volcano down to the tropical beaches there are deep forests, rivers and slopes of green lush crop fields and rice patties. There is also a rain forest with ancient Banyan trees, Orchids and spice fields. Bali also has natural hot springs and beautifully decorated open gardens.
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Bali is known for its sunsets and its beaches attract surfers and divers from all over the world.
While visiting Bali, check out Gili Island, these three little tropical islands are a bit of a hippie paradise! Alternatively, If you looking for some adventure why not try rafting down the Ayung River?
Arts and crafts by the locals
The Balinese are incredibly talented. Their wooden carvings, paintings and textiles are shipped all over the world.
I hope this just gave you a small insight to Bali. I was there just a little over 14 days and there was not enough time to do all the tours and sightseeing I wish I could have done.
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