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Bajra Sandhi Monument Bali Museum
Benoa Jaya Sabha Building
Jro Kuta Palace Kesiman Palace
Le Mayeur Museum Padang Galak Monument
Pemecutan Palace Prasasti Blanjong
Puputan Square Sanur
Satria Palace Sidik Jari Museum
Werdhi Budaya Art Center Ayung River
Jimbaran Kuta
Legian Nusa Dua
Nungnung Waterfall Petang (Pelaga Village)
Sangeh Seminyak
Tanah Wuuk Tanjung Benoa
Traditional Village of Baha Tuban
Kintamani Penelokan
Trunyan Village Air Sanih (Yeh Saneh)
Menjangan Island Batubulan
Celuk and Singapadu Goa Gajah
Pejeng Sukawati
Ubud Candi Kusuma
Gilimanuk Bay Candi Dasa
Mount Agung Padang Bai
Puri Agung Karangasem Tenganan Village
Tirta Gangga Kertha Gosa
Kusamba Nusa Penida
Taman Gili (Bale Kambang) Bedugul
Blayu Village Jatiluwih Village & Yeh Panes
Kebun Raya Eka Karya Bedugul Lake Bratan
Bajra Sandhi Monument
Bajra Sandhi Monument is the Balinese people struggle monument, which is shaped like ‘bajra’ (bell). It is located on Puputan Margarana Square in Niti Mandala Renon area. Main government offices are located nearby.
Bali Museum
Bali museum was built on 8 December 1932 and has a large collection of old items. Located on Major Wisnu Street, this museum consists of 4 buildings: Buleleng, Karangasem, Tabanan, and the East Building.

Each building exhibits unique collections. Buleleng Building exhibits Balinese traditional fabrics and costumes for religious rituals and ceremonies. Tabanan Building displays Balinese traditional works of art, while the East Building exhibits pre-historical and historical items.

Bali Museum has also become an object of research work and exhibitions. It is open daily from 08.00 am, except on Saturday and public holidays.
Benoa is a main harbor as well as the starting point for numerous cruises around Bali and to Sunda islands. It is also a center of leisure and sporting activities, such as parasailing and windsurfing.

Benoa harbor is about 6km from Denpasar. The International Yacht Festival is frequently held at this harbor which involves the participants from around the world. It starts from Benoa harbor and finishes at Tanjung Perak harbor in Surabaya.
Jaya Sabha Building
Located on the north of Puputan Square, Jaya Sabha Building is the residence of Governor of Bali Province which was built in Balinese architecture style.

In front of Jaya Sabha Building is often used as bullring and the commencement procession of Bali Art Festival which is held annually in June-July.
Jro Kuta Palace
Jro Kuta Palace is located on Kumbakarna Street, Denpasar, about 100 m of Maospahit Temple. This palace has unique building complex such as Ancaksaji, Semanggen, Ranggi, Pewaregan, Saren Raja, Saren Kangin, Paseban, Pamerajan Agung, and Pekandelan which is a kind of fortress to protect the main part of the area.
Kesiman Palace
Kesiman Palace is located on W.R. Supratman Street, East Denpasar, closed to Petilan Pengerebongan Temple. The palace consists of a private mansion and the most highly structured family temple.
Le Mayeur Museum
Located on Hang Tuah Street, Sanur, this fine art museum exhibits 88 paintings of Belgium painter, Andrian Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres.

Born on 9 February 1880 in Brussels, Belgium, Le Mayeur was an architect who preferred to be a painter. In 1932, he made a trip to Bali and arrived in Buleleng Harbor. Le Mayeur continued his trip and arrived in Banjar Kelandis, Denpasar, where he met Ni Nyoman Pollok, a famous dancer who later became his model.

After a long stay in Banjar Kelandis, Le Mayeur moved to Sanur and painted with Ni Pollok as model. They eventually married and built their house on a 32-hectare of land.

In 1958, Le Mayeur returned to Belgium for cancer treatment. He passed away on 31 May 1958 and was buried in Brussels. According to his will, Le Mayeur bequeathed his house and contents to Ni Pollok.

Following Ni Pollok’s death on 27 July 1985, this property became a state museum in memory of Le Mayeur’s works. The museum is open daily from 08.00 am to 03.00 pm, except on public holidays.
Padang Galak Monument
Padang Galak Monument is built to commemorate the victims of Pan American Airlines which fallen down in 1972 at Grokgak village, Singaraja, north Bali. All the passengers died and a number of victims who could be identified were buried at this resort of Padang Galak.
Pemecutan Palace
Pemecutan Palace is located on Thamrin Street, about 200 m west of Puputan Square. The palace was built in the 16th century and is well-known for its unique Balinese traditional architecture and for its beautiful royal family shrines.

Pemecutan Palace consists of a hotel with traditional style. There is also a set of traditional musical instruments (gamelan).
Prasasti Blanjong (Blanjong Inscription)
Prasasti Blanjong (Blanjong Inscription), a historical ancient artifact, is now preserved in Blanjong Temple, Banjar Blanjong, Sanur. The inscription, which shapes like a stone pillar, was made by the Buddhist king Sri Kesari Warmadewa in 914 AD.

Discovered in 1932 by Dr. Gorris, a Ducth scholar, the inscription tells about the military expedition against eastern Indonesia. Dr. Gorris believed that the inscription as well as the remains of prehistoric sanctuaries founded along the coastal line proved an Indian colony settled the coast over 1,000 years ago.

The inscription is 177 cm high and its diameter is 75 cm. Most of the writings are indecipherable, except at the top.

The inscription was written in two kinds of letters: the Pre-Negari letters which used Ancient Balinese language, and the Old Javanese letters which used Sanskrit language. There were also a number of statues found in Blanjong area.

One of the statues is Ganesha statue which is placed in a shrine inside Blanjong temple, about 15 m northwest of the inscription. Ganesha, the four hands god with elephant face, is the son of Shiva who gives prosperity to all humankind.
Puputan Square
Puputan Square is a large open square in the center of Denpasar city, the site of the famous ‘Puputan’ fight to death against the Dutch troops on 20 September 1906, when thousands of Balinese warriors, dressed in their finest Balinese regalia, and armed only with tradition weapons like keris (short draggers) and spears, hurled themselves against the lines of Dutch troops.

A monument was built at the northern part of the Puputan Square to commemorate Puputan battle. The monument shows a man and his two children carrying keris (short draggers) and bamboo spears, ready to fight.
Bali's first beach resort, Sanur is a place of remarkable contrasts. In this modern and prosperous community - home to many high class hotels and restaurants - there is also found considerable sorcery. Sanur is famous throughout Bali for its black and white magic. It was also the landing point for Dutch forces in 1906 on their way to destroy the royal house of Pemecutan in Denpasar.
Satria Palace
Satria Palace is located on Veteran Street, Denpasar, about 300 m north of Puputan Square. The large and beautiful royal family temple is used not only by the royal family members but also by people in the neighborhood.

The buildings inside the palace are unique. There is also an open hall which was previously used for meetings of the kings throughout Bali.

Sidik Jari Museum
Located on Hayam Wuruk Street, Denpasar, Sidik Jari Museum is a private fine art museum established and owned by I Gusti Ngurah Gede Pemecutan. The museum exhibits the work of its owner as well as other artists.

The uniqueness of the collection in this museum is that the paintings are done using the tips of the fingers in applying different colors or paints in order to represent the artist's imagination.

This museum consists of a hall for exhibitions, a library, a studio, an open hall for various activities, and an outdoor stage for dance performances. It is open daily from 09.00 am to 04.00 pm except on public holidays.
Werdhi Budaya Art Center
Werdhi Budaya Art Center is located on Nusa Indah Street, about 2 km east of Puputan Square, and covers an area of about 5 hectares.

Werdhi Budaya Art Center consists of various building complexes. The main building, Mahudara Mandhara Giri Bhuwaana, was officially opened to the public on 14 February 1973, and is used for permanent art exhibitions.

To the north of Mahudara Mandhara Giri Bhuwaana, there is Gedung Kriya Uccaihsrawa building where the Balinese and foreign fine arts exhibitions are held.

To the west of Gedung Kriya Uccaihsrawa, there is Dewi Ratih building. During Bali Art Festival, this two-story building is used for architectural exhibition on the ground floor and photography exhibition on the second floor.

The largest structure in Werdhi Budaya Art Center is Ardha Candra Amphitheater which covers 7,200 square meters. This enormous crescent shaped theater can hold up to 600 people. Ticketing offices and handicraft exhibition rooms are located underneath the stage.

To the west of Ardha Candra Amphitheater is the two-story Ksirarnawa indoor theater which covers 5,850 square meters. The theater, which is located on the second floor, can hold up to 800 people. The first floor is occupied by Art Center offices, a cafeteria, and several halls which are used for handicraft exhibitions.
Ayung River
Ayung River is the longest as well as the largest river in Bali and well-known for its white water rafting. Besides the enjoyment of challenging rapids and its beautiful panorama, this virgin nature area is highlighted by the appearance of wild animals along the rafting route such as big bats, black monkeys, magpies and more.
On the western site of the Bukit (hill), Bali 's southern Peninsula. lies the once sleepy fishing village of Jimbaran, now the site of teh Intercontinental, Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton. Take a walk along the pristine sand or dine at one of the beachside seafood restaurants. Perhaps a sunset drink - Jimbaran is known for its spectacular sunsets. An offshore reef offers protection from the wave action, providing excellent swimming water.
Since the 18th century Kuta has served as the entry for foreigners visiting southern Bali. In the 1830s Kuta was a thriving slave market, attracting a wide variety of international 'lowlifes'. Since its rediscovery by hippies and surfers in the 1960s, Kuta and Legian have expanded so rapidly that the district is now one of the busiest tourist areas in the world. Hundreds of hotels, bars, restaurants and shops provide for all tastes and budgets.
Legian is on the North of Kuta and on the South of Seminyak, it is very hard to tell where it ends. Not too long ago this area was fertile rice paddy, but now it is a bustling area dotted with chic designer shops that can hold their own against any competition.
Nusa Dua
The most recent of Bali's tourist centres, Nusa Dua - located on the Island's southern-most tip, is quite unlike anything else in Bali. A government-run dreamland of coconut palms, five-star hotels and perfect beaches. A great place to relax in the sun and be pampered, but this is a long way from Balinese village life.
Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung is a small village, about 40km north of Denpasar. It is located 900 m above sea level and known for its cool refreshing air.

In this village, there is a 50m high waterfall, called Nungnung Waterfall. To reach this waterfall, one must pass through the expansive rice terraces, about 2km off the main road.
Petang (Pelaga Village)
Located 800m above sea level, about 32km north of Denpasar, at the northern part of Badung regency. Both villages portray fascinating agro tourism areas due to their intact ecology. Their vast horticulture of vegetable, coffee, vanilla, corn, and more, adds to the beauty of the sights and their charming atmosphere.
Sangeh is the village whose northern area covers about 14 hectares of a holy homogeneous forest of Pala trees, inhabited by hundreds of monkeys. The trees cannot be found in any other area and their existence in this village remains a mystery. There is also a beautiful mossy temple, hidden amongst the tall and gracious Pala trees.
Little by little Seminyak is coming into its own as an area to be reckoned with. The restaurant scene in Seminyak is vibrant and eclectic while the area's nightclubs have set the pace in Bali for some time now - this is where you go after you're done all you can in Kuta. Perhaps for this reason the area has become a magnet for designers, both local and international, and many small hotels and villas have been built in Seminyak reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of the area Canggu is more or less an extension of Seminyak, as some folks - either try to escape the crowds or just came late to the party and found Seminyak a bit too expensive - have continued the Kuta sprawl north.
Tanah Wuuk
Tanah Wuuk is a beautiful river valley of Tukad Penet, only 1km north of Sangeh holy monkey forest. Its location is 500m west off the main road, hidden behind rice field, and is a very quiet and private place to enjoy the pure nature.

Its beautiful green valley is very fascinating and tranquil which makes it a perfect place for relaxing or hiking through the river valley and Penet River.
Tanjung Benoa
The marshes were never to become rice fields; the bay remained a bay with lingo cape, Tanjung Benoa, jutting into it. Nevertheless, Kebo Iwa, who created the area, is now engaged in a new venture - luxury hotels and a fast variety of tourist and water sport attractions. For centuries, the natural means of communication between this area and the rest of Bali was by boat from Tanjung Benoa as this was easier than overland via Jimbaran. Tanjung Benoa, which appears isolated at the tip of the peninsula was in fact a trading port for Badung and the eastern Bukit with a world outlook extending right across the archipelago. Its population bears traces of this mercantile past.
Traditional Village of Baha
Baha Village is located about 4 km east of Taman Ayun Temple. The workers and the traditional farmers are the major population in Baha.

The uniqueness of this traditional village is the uniformity of the entrance gates of the family compounds combines with the traditional housing structure, which portrays a fascinating appearance for the village.
Just south of Kuta lies another small fishing village community, Tuban. Largely overshadowed by its more famous neighbour (Kuta), Tuban has recently emerged as a tourist area in its own right and is now home to well several known international chain hotels - among them Ramada and Holiday Inn and several family oriented amusement parks. Tuban has a very good mix of hotel accommodations starting from losmen through 5 Star properties and, being more relaxed and a bit quieter, has earned a reputation as a family oriented, value for money destination. It also very close to the Ngurah Rai International Airport .
Located about 1.500m above sea level, the beautiful Kintamani area has a cool climate which is suitable to grow certain fruits and vegetables. Perched on the rim of a vast crater, overlooking the Lake Batur and its bubbling hot springs, Kintamani truly offers stunning scenery.

Kintamani borders on Batur/ Kalanganyar Village. There is a market up the road to the north, which is busy every three days on Hari Paseh. It is interesting to see all kinds of products from surrounding mountain farms such as oranges, corns, and vegetables.

Kintamani is also well-known for its big furry Kintamani puppies. Its physical and personality characteristics make it a popular pet for the Balinese.
Penelokan, which means ‘viewpoint’, is located in Batur area, about 23km from the town of Bangli or 63km from Denpasar, exactly on the southern part of Batur Tengah Village in the district of Kintamani.

Penelokan tourist resort, located about 900m above sea level with average temperature of 22°C at midday and 16°C at night, offers a fabulous view over the huge crater of Mount Batur and Lake Batur. Visitors can breathe a cool and fresh mountainous air, as well as enjoying its magnificent beauty with its solidarity black lavas of the 1917 eruption which destroying its surrounding villages.

For visitors who love the adventure can climb up to the peak. The beauty of its caldera truly beggars description. Visitors can also take a look at the beauty of crystal clear water of Lake Batur and mountainous areas, combined with the unique tradition of Trunyan Village which cannot be found anywhere else in Bali.
Trunyan Village
Trunyan Village is located between Lake Batur and the outer crater rim of Mount Batur, and only accessible by boat. It is a Bali Aga village, inhabited by descendants of the original Balinese, the people who predate the arrival of Hindu Majapahit Kingdom in the 16th century.

Trunyan Village is well-known for its Pancering Jagat Temple, but visitors are not allowed to enter. There are also a couple of traditional Bali Aga-style houses, and a large banyan tree which is said to be more than 1.100 years old. In Kuban Village, close to Trunyan Village, there is a mysterious cemetery, separated by the lake and is only accessible by boat.

Unlike the Balinese people, Trunyan people do not cremate or bury the corpse, but just lay the corpse out in bamboo cages to decompose or under a huge Taru Menyan (Menyan tree). Taru means ‘tree’ and Menyan means ‘aromatic smell’. The word 'Trunyan' is derived from these two words.

The tree is believed to absorb the bad smells and instead, produce aromatic smells. Loads of skulls and bones lie on the stone platform and the surrounding areas.

The women of Trunyan are forbidden to go to the cemetery when a corpse is carried there. It is said that there will be a disaster in the village if a woman comes to the cemetery while a corpse is being carried there.
Air Sanih (Yeh Saneh)
Located 17km from Singaraja, Air Sanih is a serene beach resort where tourists can plunge in a natural swimming pool. Its icy water originates from a cool freshwater spring nearby, located a few meters from the beach. The water is believed to run from Lake Batur.

Air Sanih beach is also known for its stunning sunrise. By leaving early enough for Karangasem, tourists may see the first lights hit the peak of Mount Agung - a real awesome experience.
Menjangan Island
Located in the West Bali National Park, less than an hour by boat from Pemuteran, Menjangan has the most beautiful coral reefs in Bali and holds many well-known sites, ranging from a sheer drop of 60m, small caves, sandy slopes and a beautiful blue green lagoon. Along with the nearby Labuan Lalang is a wonderful place for diving and snorkeling.

During the rainy season is the best time to have a chance to see whale sharks. Turtle, napoleon, grouper, big barracuda and shark are all regular sights. Menjangan also has a wreck known as Anchor, perched on the top of a reef. The wreck is a 19th century trading vessel.
Batubulan is well-known for its stone carvings. Most of the stone sculptures in Bali are from this area. Batubulan is also famous for the Barong dance which is performed daily here. The dance represents the never-ending battle between good and evil.
Celuk and Singapadu
Located near Batubulan, Celuk and Singapadu are the center of Balinese goldsmiths and silversmiths. The jewelry is exported worldwide.
Goa Gajah
Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) is located between Pejeng and Gianyar. It portrays both elements of Hindu and Buddhist. To enter the cave is through the gigantic mouth of a demon. There are two pools with spring water flowing from spouts held by female figure statues in front of the cave.
Gianyar regency has some of the most important archeological sites. The majority are located in the Pejeng area, 4km from Ubud. One of the South East Asia's oldest artifacts, a huge kettledrum known as the Moon of Pejeng, an artifact from the Bronze Age originating from Dongson, Vietnam, and an archeological museum can be found here.

The village also has two ancient temples, the Pusering Jagat Temple and Kebo Edan Temple.
Sukawati is famous for its art market which is set in a two-story building. The art market sells all kinds of products, from statues to dance costumes, all at reasonable prices. At night when the art market is closed, a wide range selection of Indonesian food is available here. Sukawati village is also a center of wind chime manufacturers.
Small village in the central of Bali . Ubud renowned for Artists and Paintings, and also knowed as the art center of Bali. There are a lot of artists who lived in Ubud. Antonio Blanco had his house and gallery there. Ubud is growing very fast the last few years. Art Gallery and Art Museum are something you will not missed while you are in Ubud. There is a wide range of hotel accommodation from the most expensive hotel on the island down to the everyman losmen. As well there are a number of very fine restaurants, several respectable museums and lots of interesting folks wandering about.
Candi Kusuma
In the south of Jembrana regency, in Candikusuma, there are two temples of Indra Kusuma and Taman Sumur Bulus, dedicated to the legendary Dang Hyang Nirartha. It is said that back in 1897, two Dutch officers were attracted to the place when they saw a light coming from the earth. It turned out to be a ‘keris’ (a supernatural dagger). Candikusuma beach is also known for its beautiful black sand and the gentle hills permeating the beach.
Gilimanuk Bay
Gilimanuk have a wide range of coral beaches, white and black sand beaches, and mangrove forest. The beauty of the underwater coral attracts people to dive in and do snorkeling. There are two small islands in the bay: Pulau Kalong (Bat Island) and Pulau Burung (Bird Island).
Candi Dasa
Candi Dasa, south of Mount Agung and slightly to the east, is a quaint seaside resort from which to explore the secluded bays and ancient temples. Travel on to Amed, Bali's desert beach, complete with cacti, clear blue water and colourful marine life. Amed is one of Bali 's most famous dive sites. Besides being near many top dive spots, Candidasa is near many cultural treasures - Pura Besakih and Tenganan Village. For those looking for a holiday off the beaten track a few days in Candidasa would be a welcome respite.
Mount Agung
Mount Agung (3142m) is the highest mountain in Bali and towering majestically over eastern and northern Karangasem. On March, 17 1963, Mount Agung erupted which was the most disastrous volcanic eruption. Streams of lava and hot volcanic mud poured down to the sea in the southeast of the island, covering roads and isolating the eastern end of the island. The whole island was covered in ash and crops were wiped out.

It destroyed many villages and temples, and killed thousands of people. Most of those killed were either burned to death or choked by the burning clouds of hot gas rushing down the volcanic slopes. It destroyed the whole villages of Sorga and Lebih. Amazingly, Besakih village, just a few km from the crater, suffered little damage.
Padang Bai
Padang Bai is the harbor for the ferry service to Lombok. It is a quiet fishing village located in a perfectly sheltered bay. The beach is picturesque with its long sweep of sand where multicolored boats are drawn up on the beach.
Puri Agung Karangasem
Puri Agung Karangasem, located in Amlapura, the capital city of Karangasem, is an impressive palace of ancient Karangasem kingdom. It has a three-tiered gate and beautiful sculptured panels on the outside.
Tenganan Village
Tenganan is a Bali Aga village, one of the few Balinese communities to withstand the Majapahit invasion in 1343. Protected for centuries from the outside world by its surrounding walls, Tenganan has preserved its ancient pre-Hindu customs. This mountain village is famous for its tenun ikat (double-weaving) called ‘geringsing’ which believed to have magical powers. It is also well-known for its lontar sacred books, traditional Balinese palm-leaf books.
Tirta Gangga
Tirta Gangga is located about 6km from Amlapura. This water palace, built around 1947 by the King of Amlapura, is a place of beauty and seclusion. The palace includes a complex of exotic pools and a swimming pool surrounded by the beautiful rice terraces.
Kertha Gosa
Kertha Gosa (Court Hall), surrounded by a moat, is located in the center of Semarapura. Built in 17th century, it was once a part of Semarapura Palace and used as a royal assembly area for the kings of Bali. This building is a perfect model of Klungkung architecture, well-known for its painted ceiling in Klungkung style.
Kusamba is the coastal village outside Klungkung. It is one of the embarkation points to the islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan.
Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida once was an exile for criminals and undesirables from Klungkung Kingdom. Now, this secluded island is well-known as a great place to surf and snorkeling.

The island also has some fascinating temples including Ped Temple near Toyapakeh and Batukuning Temple near Sewana. There is also a huge limestone cave, Karangsari Cave, about 1km from Sewana.
Taman Gili (Bale Kambang)
Taman Gili, known as Bale Kambang (Floating Pavilion), is a beautiful palace which adjoins Kertha Gosa. It is surrounded by lotus pond, representing an isle of splendor surrounded by ocean. It is also well-known for its exquisite painted ceilings telling stories about the sacrifice of the hero 'Sutasoma', and 'Pan and Man Brayut’ - the couple who had too many children.
Bedugul is a small lakeside village over looking Lake Bratan. The weather is cold since it is located in the highland.
Blayu Village
Blayu is a small village located on a parallel side road from Pacung to Bedugul. This village is known for its traditional songket sarongs. The songket sarongs for ceremonial use are woven with gold thread.
Jatiluwih Village & Yeh Panes
Jatiluwih is a small village on the slopes of Mount Batukaru. Jatiluwih means ‘truly marvelous’ because the view is truly encompassing a huge region of southern Bali. A hot spring, Yeh Panes, is located on the road northwards of Tabanan.
Kebun Raya Eka Karya Bedugul
Kebun Raya Eka Karya (Botanical Garden) is located near Bedugul. It was established in 1959 in 120 hectares of land as a branch of the Bogor National Botanical Garden, which has a large collection of native plants and over 500 specimens of orchids.
Lake Bratan
Motorboats and canoes are available in Lake Bratan, as well as parasailing and water skiing. Across the lake, there are some caves used by the Japanese in World War II. From those caves, there is a path to the top of Mount Catur, which has an ancient temple at the top.
Naka Contemporary Art
Zola Zolu Gallery
Antonius Kho
I Madé Sumadiyasa
Richard Winkler
Sculpture by Filippos
Tony Raka Art Gallery
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