Bali – Kencana Cultural Park, Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu

The “Bali” that most people think of – the beautiful resorts, palm trees, beaches, etc.- is at 6 o’clock on the island, about an hour south of Denpasar, the capitol.  Nusa Dua, part of that area, is where we stayed.  However, most of Bali is not like the resorts…there are lots and lots of small villages with a lot of poverty.  It is an island of 4.5 million people and pretty large – it would probably take 7-8 hours to drive from one end to the other.

There is a lot to see on the island, and we only got to see a few places. They’re all a ways from the beaches, so you have to have a driver.  Don’t think you can just ‘catch a shuttle’ or some mass transit to any of them  – it can’t be done.  A driver is the only way to go and runs about 600,000 Rp a day ($45) and that includes the car and fuel.

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Sihol was our driver.  He’s the Branch Clerk in the Bali LDS Branch.

Kencana Cultural Park

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At the Cultural Park – 85% of Bali is Hindu, so there are statues everywhere of Hindu gods.

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The framework of another statue

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A parade at the Cultural Park

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A park worker – it was HOT, and she’s wearing a long-sleeved hoodie…

Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple is right on the sea cliffs of Bali and is one of many Hindu temples around the island.  It is also inhabited by monkeys that are notorious for stealing visitor’s glasses, hats, phones, camera’s, etc., so we had to be careful!    IMG_6788

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These guys will steal anything!

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The whole group

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The stage right on the cliff…

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The dance

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The Monkey came up into the stands and rubbed Dr. Visick’s head!

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The sun is setting…

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As the sun sets, the fire gets set..

 

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