A gigantic and stunning Buddha in white plaster, stretched out in front of gardens and volcanic peaks, sleeps peacefully on the second floor of Vihara Dharma Giri, a wondrous Buddhist temple among the famed rice paddies that surround the village of Pupuan in Tabanan. Hindu figures guard the entrance of the vihara while a tranquil courtyard inhabited by fresh plants welcomes visitors who find themselves immediately immersed in the zen atmosphere which pervades this harmonious and serene location. Another statue of Buddha sitting, made of gold, created for the faithful in the room dedicated exclusively to prayer on the third and top floor of the temple, also contains a pavilion with a large bell. It is possible to participate in the Buddhist meditation held in the vihara after consulting the schedule or by requesting information from the director of the temple.
Stephan Kotas is a Czechoslovakian photographer who chose Bali as a home where he could do what he loves - help the past live again in vintage portraits using the old-fashioned photographic developing technique of "tintype".
In an immense park, mixing land and sea in the northwest zone of Bali, there is a remarkably varied number of wild animals and birdlife among the mangroves, savannah and rainforest.