INDONESIA, BALI (Padang Bai) Feb 21th, 2008 THURSDAY
WELCOMING AT PADAN BAI
Historic & Scenic Bali
A highlight of this tour is a visit to the Klungkung Kertagosa—a building designed and built in 1710 by the best artisans in the country. The compound contains the beautiful Bale Kambang floating pavilion and the Kertagosa Royal Court of Justice, with elaborate ceiling murals. Continue on to the terraced Pura Kehen temple complex built in the 11th century. A series of steps lead to the entrance door where the demonic face of Kala Makara stands guard over the temple grounds. Your drive then takes you to Selat, and through the mountain passes you can see a magnificent view of the terraced rice fields. Your destination is Tenganan—a walled mountain village where the Bali Aga live. These people are descendants of the original island people who maintain their pre-Hindu culture. The settlement is one of the most unusual on Bali. Here, identical living compounds are arranged in two rows along a wide, stone-paved street running the length of the village. The villagers are known for weaving a unique Kamben Grinsing (flaming cloth), which is believed to protect its wearer from evil. You’ll learn about this interesting process from one of the few family members in the village who still makes these living textiles.