Friday, September 29, 2017

KECAK DANCE, INDONESIA TOURISM OBJECT OF BALI

By Indonesia Lover | At September 29, 2017 | Label : | 0 Comments

 KECAK DANCE, INDONESIA TOURISM OBJECT OF BALI

Hey Indonesia lovers … There’s always something more you can find about Indonesia. As you know Indonesia has many islands, languages, and cultures. Every island and tribe has their own cultures. One of famous cultures in Indonesia is dances.

In my previous post I already talked about Indonesia Tourism Object, Bali. So, if you ever visit Bali then you must have seen its traditional clothes, ceremony, or dances. In Bali there’s a very famous dance called “Kecak Dance” .

Kecak Dance is one of the most famous traditional art in Bali. The dance depicts the story of Pewayangan, it is a story of Ramayana which is performed with the art of motion and dance. In addition to the cultural heritage, Kecak Dance is also one of the tourists attractions in Bali.

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Kecak Dance



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According to historical sources, this Kecak Dance was created in 1930 by Balinese artist Wayan Limbak and Walter Spies, a German painter. This dance is inspired by Sanghyang rituals and parts of the Ramayana story. Sanghyang ritual itself is a dance tradition where the dancers are in an unconscious condition and they can communicate with God or the spirits of the ancestors, then convey his hopes to the community.

Kecak is a sacred dance. Therefore, before the Kecak dance performance begins, there will be a stakeholder (a Hindu priest) leading a prayer and pray for the sake of common safety. Kecak Bali dance is a dramatic played by 50 people, up to 150 dancers.

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The show held every day, starting from 6 p.m on the open stage. The  audiences have their seat higher than the stage, so they can see the whole stage and performance better. The price of the ticket is about IDR. 100.000.

The location of the most famous Kecak dance performance in Bali is located at Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of Bali’s most popular tourist attractions.

When You Watch Kecak dance?

If you want to watch Kecak dance, you should come early and book the tickets first. Before watching the Kecak dance at Uluwatu temple, you can also enjoy the beautiful view of the southern sea as well as the sunset scenery around Pura Luhur Uluwatu area.

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If you look down, then you will see that Luhur Uluwatu temple is built on a high cliff with a stretch of Indian ocean. This what makes the atmosphere of Kecak Dance in Uluwatu temple more exciting towards the evening.

Kecak Dance name itself is taken the word "cak .. cak .. cak" which is shouted by the members who surround the dancers, so this dance is known by the name of Kecak Dance.




Thursday, September 28, 2017

KUTA BEACH IS AMAZING PLACE

By Indonesia Lover | At September 28, 2017 | Label : | 0 Comments

KUTA BEACH IS AMAZING PLACE

Hey Indonesia lovers.. Welcome!! This is  the first article of this blog. Hope you guys like it! hehe ^^

By the way, have you ever come to Indonesia? Which island did you visit? Which tourism object did you visit? I’m sure you know that Indonesia is an archipelago. It has many islands, cultures, languages, and also tourism objects. One of the famous tourism objects in Indonesia is Bali. I guess you know Bali, right? Bali is very famous around the world. It is an island with unique cultures, friendly people, and many exciting places to visit. One of them is Kuta Beach. 


So, if you have a plan to visit Bali, or maybe you have visited Bali and you just want to come back to this beautiful island of Indonesia, Kuta is worth to visit.

Kuta Beach is?

Kuta Beach is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bali. It is not only visited by domestic tourist but also foreign tourists. The beach is located quite close from Ngurah Rai International Airport It has low cost, and the wave is suitable for the beginner surfers and also it is well-known for its beautiful sunset. The beach is said to have one of the best sunsets view in the world. Furthermore, Kuta has been a tourist spot since the 70s.

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Kuta is a beach located in Kuta district (precisely in Kuta Village), which is part of Badung regency in Bali. Kuta Beach is on the west side of Jalan Pantai Kuta. The location is not far from Ngurah Rai Airport, it only takes 8 - 12 minutes - by car - from the Airport to Kuta Beach (about 4 - 5 km to the north). On the eastern side of the road is the location of shopping centers as well as famous hotels, such as ; Bali Beachwalk, Mall Bali, Hard Rock Hotel Bali, Starbucks Kuta BEX, Best Western Kuta Beach,and other cool shopping places.

Kuta Beach is famous for its wave suitable for surfing (especially for beginners). So if you like surfing, you better don’t miss a chance to surf here. You can find many rented surf boards with various types and quality around the beach. And if you just want to try to surf, you can also find surf board rentals along with the guides. Just prepare some amount of money. The standard price is about IDR. 300.000 / 2 hours. But if you’re lucky, you can get the IDR. 75.000 – 100.000 per hour.(I believe it’s not so pricey if your currency is Dollars ^_^)

As I told you before, Kuta is well-known for its sunset. When the sea receded in the afternoon before the sunset, you can see a vast expanse of white sands with an exotic sunset view. Kuta Beach might look indifferent during the day, but you should not miss the afternoon atmosphere before sunset there.


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Kuta Beach

Beside surfing and watching sunsets, visitors can do a lot of other things. You can just enjoy the view, take some pictures, hang out at the cafe, get massage, sunbathing, make temporary tattoos or watch sacred ceremony of Balinese in the beach. One other interesting attraction you should not miss is the release of baby turtles (hatchling) to the sea. Tourists can participate in the release of these hatchlings to the sea.

So, what do you think? Hope it helps you to plan your vacation in Bali and I hope you like Kuta Beach.

See yah!!



NGABEN BALINESE DEATH CEREMONY

By Indonesia Lover | At September 28, 2017 | Label : | 0 Comments

NGABEN, BALINESE DEATH CEREMONY

Welcome back Indonesia lovers !! Have you ever imagined being burned after your death and turn into ash? You know, just like a vampire hit by the sunshine. Puff!! Well, that sounds a little bit scary, doesn’t it? But not for Hindu people in Bali. 

As a tourist destination island, the attraction of Bali is not only its various tourism objects. A variety of unique cultures, traditions and religious ceremonies in Bali also become interesting things for both domestic tourists and foreign tourists. 
ngaben at bali
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One of the religious ceremonies in Bali is Ngaben. Ngaben is a funeral ceremony in Balinese society done by cremation. According to Hindu teachings, the spirit is immortal, after dwelling in the human body, when man is declared dead, the spirit will be reincarnated.


But first, the spirit will pass through a phase in nirvana to be sanctified; according to the record of life on earth (karma). Ngaben is the purification process of the spirit of past sins. Therefore, the Balinese do not regard death as the end of everything, death is part of a new phase of life.
There are two types of caste in Balinese society. They are high caste and low caste. The caste differences that have been ingrained from their ancestors will be very clearly visible in Ngaben ceremony. If one comes from a rich family and high caste, then Ngaben process will be done massively. In contrary, if one comes from ordinary people, then Ngaben ceremony will be very simple.

He obvious contrast between the high class and the lower class is the burning place of corpses. The richer and upper class family’s burning place is certainly higher than the lower class. An artificial animal of a cow is the place of corpses for the upper classes and then the corpse is inserted into the body of the cow before it is burned. For people who come from lower classes, they’re only wrapped in white cloth and then placed on a pile of banana stems. 

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The selection of cow symbol as a container of corpses before being burned is not without reason. Hindus believe that cattle (cows) are sacred animals. That’s why cows are kept in Bali (it means they’re not food. hehe). So, if you’re visiting Bali, it will be difficult to find beefs. 


The combustion process is carried out using a high-pressure gas shot capable of burning wood quickly. Usually, in the midst of burning corpse, residents and family will pray around the burning place. There also will be music during this combustion process. When it is done, the ashes of the burned corpses will be thrown into the open seas. One of the beaches usually used to throw away the ashes is Sanur Beach.


When Ngaben Ceremony?

It is not difficult to find Ngaben ceremony in Bali. The event is held almost every week. Usually it is held in public places with open space. Ngaben ceremony is a very complicated ritual and it costs a lot of money. It could costs million hundred Rupiah. So it is typical to burn two or more corpses at a time. 

For those of you who can’t bear to see such ceremony should not be too close to the corpse. The burned figure might haunt you at night! – lol-
Because someone says “It's like a horror movie on TV!”
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