The Best Cultural Experiences in Bali : Uluwatu, Kecak Dance.

The Best Cultural Experiences in Bali : Uluwatu, Kecak Dance.

Temple Uluwatu is the second most important temple on the island of Bali. That is a favorite place of worship, in which hundreds of curious tourists gather each day and beg. The temple is situated in a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the island, on top of a cliff hanging over the sea. The natural construction of Pura Luhur Uluwatu consists nearly entirely of white and grey blocks of petrified corals, and it’s a country temple dedicated to the spirits of the ocean. Over the cliff, next to the temple there’s a scenic road with a beautiful perspective, which can be merely indescribable at sunset.

Here also lives a large colony of monkeys, that makes a monkey business. They instantly grab the things they enjoy out of tourists: glasses, cameras, hair clips. But if it happened, don’t get angry, if you are lucky, the monkeys will gladly give you everything back in exchange for a bag of nuts and bananas, of course! Additionally to some beautiful location, in the evenings in front of the entrance to the temple, you can see the Kecak dance performance. In this dance, hundreds of men in a white and black sarong, sitting in a lotus position and increasing their hands, state monotonously kecak-kecak.

Males are sitting around the platform on which the dancers, in the light of the lamp, tell the story of Rama and Sita. This dancing is among the youngest in Bali. It had been created in the early 30s. The choreographer Walter Spies borrowed the ancient ritual of the charm from the man chorus, combined all this with the scenes from Hindu, Ramayana and created the impressive action. Completing Kecak, lots of dancing ensembles are walking on burning off demonstrating trance-like state. Whatever is the reason to visit Bali, traveling thousands of km away is well worth seeing the sunset over the Indian Ocean to the rhythm of Kecak dance, since every cell of your body feels the energy of this location.

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