Thursday, June 12, 2014

Uluwatu Temple - Bali, Indonesia

We are on the second to the last entry to our Bali escapade. I just realized that we have visited more places than I thought!

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Uluwatu Temple is probably the best and the most famous tourist destination in Bali. I strongly suggest you should never go out of the island without seeing this place. The landscapes here are simply breath taking. The temple is not really the main attraction here but the view of its cliff side and the majestic sunset.

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We were prompted with a huge crowd at the entrance gate. People grouping up to get their own tickets to get in the premise. As I approached the desk to purchase the tickets, a woman tied a violet fabric around my waist, a sarong. Accompanying her is a man who gave me a plastic of boiled bananas with his hand gestured an open palm. She then insisted I buy 2 sets of bananas packed in a see through plastic. She said my husband and I needs one each. I didn't like the idea. Still touting, I was able to get off the conversation, ended it and paid for one. 

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The Uluwatu Temple is situated at the edge of steep cliffs. The amazing view here are the cliffs, really. The monkeys are pretty aggressive. There are precautionary signs sighted because the monkeys nabbed some of tourist's stuff like sunglasses, bottled drinks, sandals, wallets and I heard even jewelries. Please be cautious when passing because they might approach without warning. I was afraid but at the same time cautious, when we passed through and hid my camera behind my sarong. I felt like Jr was being harassed by the monkeys because the plastic bag was in plain sight. They didn't stop until it was all gone. 


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One of the aggressive monkeys right outside the gates. 

I was finally able to breathe without hesitation when we were getting near the temple grounds. The fresh air wore off my skin when we were passing the trail of monkeys. We walked along the the cliff paths. I tell you, the jagged cliffs are absolutely stunning. I definitely fell in love with the sunset.  My sunset photos didn't do justice to what we saw.

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It was past 6:00 when we went across the other part of the temple, it was a small arena. This is where tourists watch the famous Balinese tradition, Kecak Dance with the sunset on its back drop. The entrance fee is 70000 IDR = S$7.50 = 250Php. Kecak is a dance and music drama. Music by the human voice. We spent the first 30 minutes hearing "kecak" being uttered by the dancers. It was interesting to know that it involves exorcism dance. According to wikipedia: 



Also known as Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by a circle of 150 or more performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting "cak" and throwing up their arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana. The monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.

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