Bali’s famed Kecak is a dance that tells the story of Asia’s most famous epic, the Ramayana. It is a huge performance, starring more than a dozen main characters and supported by a choir of 50 or more male dancers who perform very basic routines.
Although originally from India, the story of the Ramayana has since spread to every corner of Asia — South East Asia in particular, due to its Hindu and Buddhist heritage. In Bali, the tale of the Ramayana has been interwoven with the island’s culture and history since around 100 BC.
Here, rests a magnificent statue of Garuda Wisnu Kencana, national emblem of Indonesia and, with a height of over 120 metres, one of the tallest monumental statues in the world.