Development of Ubud as an international tourist destination has an impact on the surrounding villages. Beauty of the village and its tourist attraction are not far appealing compared to those in Ubud. Customs, culture and hospitality of the people remain intense inspired by the tradition of Hinduism. The surrounding villages are such as Mas, Pejeng, Kemenuh and Blahbatuh. Batuan village retains various kinds of uniqueness and characteristics, so it has become a famous tourism village with the art appeals. At this village, people can still find an ancient Balinese house with interesting art activities of the society. There are people working as a painter, sculptor and mask carver.
Gianyar Night Market becomes one of the centers of culinary in the city. Many kinds of foods can be found here. The market which is located on Ngurah Rai Street is always crowded by the locals and tourists. To get to the market, it only takes around 30 minutes from Denpasar.
In the market, there are two shopping spots. The first one is Gianyar Market which is opened from 3 am until noon. It mostly sells daily needs and tools for ceremony. The second one is the night market which is opened from the afternoon until late at night. It sells various kinds of food.
The parking officer, Dewa Made Putra stated that when the market is opened, the seller build tents to display their foods. The customers often come at that time. “The special part of the market is the food being sold. Most of them sell suckling pig with various kind of recipe,” he added.
Pegulingan Temple, Tirta Empul, Mengening and Gunung Kawi are tourist attractions offering the uniqueness of their own. The four tourist attractions are located in Tampaksiring, Gianyar County, perching in the same path to Kintamani tourist attraction, Bangli. They pose a spiritual tourist center with their own advantages, so they are not only visited by Hindus to worship, but also by domestic to foreign travelers. Other than offering convenience to seek peace, those temples also become the center of research and historical objects. At Pegulingan Temple, for example, the sanctum located at Basangambu hamlet, Manukaya village, is synonymous with Buddhism and Hinduism acculturation. The temple retains a lot of ancient relics, such as octagonal stupa, panca datu, Buddha statues and Shivaitic yoni.
Do you still remember with Sebatu village? The village located in Ubud subdistrict, Gianyar, is not only famous as a destination of spiritual tourism, but also interesting for having a promenade. Aside from being cool, the village with positive aura also has a very beautiful panorama. Plantation and diverse people’s activity have become a unique cultural attraction. So, do not be surprised if the village being well known for traditional Balinese handicraft has a myriad of agro-tourism. Even, almost all of the agro-tourism attractions are alluring, so that tourists from various countries like the trip exploring the nature.
This year the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival brings with it the spirit of coming home, pulling together the best Indonesian, South East Asian and international voices as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary from 11-15 October. ‘I am thrilled at the strength of this year’s program, from our international guests to the discussions that will be held to mark this milestone Festival. This year the Festival ‘comes home’ and focuses on emerging and established Indonesian writers, as well as our neighbours in the Asia-Pacific region’, says Festival Founder & Director Janet DeNeefe. This October, the Festival will welcome more than 180 brilliant writers, performers, artists, musicians and visionaries to the magical setting of Ubud, to speak across all forms of storytelling – from travel writing to songwriting, plays, poetry, comedy and graphic novels.
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