الموقع: Puri Saren Royal Palace and other locations
العنوان: Jl. Raya Ubud 1, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
The magic of dance is to be found everywhere on the island. Whether its a mere performance or a sacred ritual, the hypnotic sounds of the gamelan guide the steps of men and women, keeping spectators’ eyes glued to the stage. It would be madness to leave Bali without having witnessed at least one evening of the Legong Dance, the most fascinating of them all. Born as entertainment for the royal court, it was once practiced by young dancers destined to a prestigious future - as adults they would stop dancing to marry nobles or rich merchants. Intricate movements of the fingers characterise a refined style which requires discipline, flexibility and grace. Gold and vivacious colours illuminate the clothing of the dancers as they hit the stage with traditional stagings of stories featuring a male character, the condong - like the tale of the Javanese king Lasem and the princess Rangdesari, from the famed book of the Malat. In Bali, it is possible to see performances of the Legong in the temples, palaces and even on the street. In Ubud, the cultural capital of the island, the most popular performances are at the Royal Palace (Puri Saren Royal Palace), at the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) or at the Temple of Pura Saraswati.
Located within a large forest of nutmeg trees, Pura Bukit Sari was built in the 17th century as a meditation temple by the son of the King of Mengwi. It is certainly an evocative place, especially at dawn, when the monkeys come down from the trees to feed while the rays of the early morning sun filter through the tree canopy.
Pura Sada Kapal: the temple that changes for faith and for the ages
The vicissitudes linked to its destruction due to an earthquake and its reconstruction due to the faith of the inhabitants of the village in which it is located, make it a place with a fascinating and unique history and appearance.
Dedicated to the cultivation of rice and the protection of the island from spirits, it is a temple with structural characteristics different from other sacred places in Bali. Its position is strategic for its centrality and coolness.