Dec 21, 2016 – Padang Padang Beach and Uluwatu Temple

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The Kecak and Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple

See more photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskPAReHs

We took a taxi to Padang Padang Beach… what we didn’t realize at the time was that it was mostly for surfers and quite rocky. The walkway to it was filled with monkeys which was cool but overall, it was not what we had expected.

Next, we caught a cab to Uluwatu Temple, a Balinese temple located on cliffs overlooking the sea. According to our ticket, “Uluwatu Temple was established by Mpu Kuturan during the reign of the king called Sri Haji Marakata who ruled from 1032 AD to 1036 AD. The temple was built as a glorification of his previous predecessor king, and the temple is a place of worship.”  It was beautiful and didn’t take as much time to see as I thought. The monkeys are a little aggressive so guests are not supposed to wear sunglasses, hats, cameras, etc The staff actually feed the monkeys to keep them distracted, however, this doesn’t seem to be a viable long term solution to the problem.

The evening Kecak and fire dance performance was spectacular! It is accompanied by 70 men constantly singing for the entire hour in a sort of rhythmic chant called “Sanghyang” or Trance dance. The costumes were great and even some members of the audience got involved. The Balinese style of dance was very interesting, the female leads always had their fingers in very specific positions and their footwork was very slow and controlled. It was spectacular to see the sunset in the background while the performance was in motion.

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