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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Taman Ujung - East Bali


Ujung Water Palace, which by the local people is called as Taman Soekasada Ujung, was built in 1919. However, the launching of this complex of water palace was performed in 1912.

The water palace was constructed by the late King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik, that reigned in Karangasem between 1909 and 1945.

Ujung Water Palace was majestically built to welcome and to serve important guests and Kings from neighboring countries, besides for the pleasure of the King and his royal family.


Taman Soekasada Ujung lies at Tumbu village, Karangasem district. It is approximately 85 km from Airport Denpasar and 5 km from Amlapura.


Tourism activity in this area is supported by the available of food stalls, small restaurants and quite large parking area. Visitors who are interested in local crafts product can find some of them in art shops available here.


Taman Soekasada Ujung has been announced to be a cultural tourist object for it is noted as one of several cultural heritages exist in Karangasem regency.

The complex of this water palace is the combination of Balinese and European architectures. There are 3 big and large ponds inside the area. In the middle of the main pond, there is a building that connected to the edge of the pond by 2 bridges.

On the most tip of the highest level of this complex, we will find a great statue of "warak" (rhinoceros). Beneath the warak there is a Bull statue. From this high place we will see a marvellous view of sea, hills with lush and green forest, the beauty of Mount Agung combined with the green terraced rice fields.

The greatness of Ujung Water Palace had been destructed by the explotion of Mount Agung in 1963 which was made worst by the great shake happened in 1979. However, the recovery effort had been performed to bring back the glory of this complex of water palace by holding a reconstruction and revitalisation project on it. Although it is not as great as it was, the amaze of the past still can be seen here this moment. - baliphotographer -

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Bridge of Tukad Bangkung - Highest in Asia

Bridge crossing Tukad Bangkung, located at Plaga Village, Petang District, Badung Regency, Bali, was inaugurated back on Tuesday, December 19th 2008. Connecting three regencies of Bali namely Badung, Bangli, and Buleleng, the bridge is currently the longest one in Bali and the highest one in Asia.

The Bridge of Tukad Bangkung has 360 meters length and 9.6 meters width. The highest pillar is at 71.14 meters height plus 41 meters foundation dug down into the earth.

Built in balanced cantilever technology, the bridge is expected to last 100 years. To minimize impact to magnificent natural beauty in the area, the bridge was not built with canopy. The construction is predicted to stands earthquake up to 7th Richter scale.

The bridge replaced the older one located about 500 meters away to the south.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ngaben cremation ceremony

Ngaben cremation ceremony is held in Bali, especially by the Hindu religion, where religion is the majority Hindu island in the Thousand Temples. In the Panca Yadnya, including in this ceremony Pitra Yadnya, the ceremony is intended to lelulur spirit. Ngaben meaning of the ceremony was essentially a return to ancestral spirits (of those who have died) to the place of origin. A man has Pedanda said Davis, sayings, eyelash, and after Davis died, sayings, IDEP is returned to Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva.

Ngaben ceremonies are usually held by family relatives of those who died, as respect of a child against her parents. In this ceremony is usually to spend 15 million fund's 20 million rupiah. The ceremony is usually done with the flamboyant, no sob mourning, in Bali because there is a confidence that we can not mourn those who have died because it could hamper travel to the spirit of the place.

Day of Ngaben determined to find a good day is usually determined by Pedanda. Several days before the ceremony was held Ngaben families assisted by the community will create a "Bade and cattle", which is made from wood majestic, colorful paper and other materials. "Bade and cattle" This is a place where the corpse will be carried out Ngaben.

Morning when the ceremony was held, families and relatives and the community will gather to prepare the ceremony. Corpses will be cleaned, or what's called "Nyiramin" by the community and family, "Nyiramin" is led by people who are considered the most elderly in the community. After the corpse will be traditional Balinese dress like people who are still alive. Before the event peak implemented, the whole family will the past and provide a nice spirit of prayer get a good place. Once everything is ready, the corpse will be placed in "Bade" Bring to troop to the grave where Ngaben ceremony, accompanied by a "gamelan", "sacred ballad", and followed the entire family and community, in front of the "Bade" there is a white cloth meaningful long as the spirit opening the road to the place of their origin. At each junction or the crossroad "Bade" will be played 3 times. Arriving at the grave, Ngaben ceremony was held with corpses lay in the "cattle", which has been prepared begins with ceremonies and prayers of the mantras of Ida Pedanda, and "cattle" to be burned to Abu. Abu is then removed to the Sea or the river is considered holy.

After the ceremony, the family can quietly pray from the ancestral shrines and holy places respectively. This is the cause of family ties in Bali is very strong, because they always remember and respect lelulur and also their parents.There is a belief that the ancestral spirits that reincarnation will be back in the family circle again, so is usually a grandchild is a reincarnation of her parents.

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