THE SECRETS OF BALINESE CRAFTSMANSHIP
We will discover Bali's fascinating artisan traditions visiting a batik fabric studio, an intriguing museum of ceremonial masks and an artistic wood carving centre, not forgetting a taste of some typical local cuisine and the chance to admire some beautiful, ancient architecture.
What we will see
- Batik fabric studio
- Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets
- Village of Kemenuh
- Typical Balinese lunch
- Pura Kehen Temple
- Kerta Gosa ancient hall of justice
What we will do
We will leave the port and head to inland Bali to a batik fabric studio where we will see this dyeing technique in action using the traditional method of applying wax and using industrial methods such as printing and painting.
Our next destination is located just a short distance from Ubud: the Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets. It holds more than 7,000 ceremonial masks and puppets from Bali, Indonesia, other Asian countries and the rest of the world.
The museum's artefacts are beautifully displayed in historic buildings that have been restored, called joglo. They are traditional Javanese houses built from solid teak, surrounded by a thriving tropical garden.
We will continue on to the village of Kemenuh, well-known as an artistic wood carving centre. During our visit, we will observe expert artisans at work as they transform a simple piece of wood into an astonishing sculpture.
When we start to feel peckish, we will be served a typical Balinese lunch from a set menu in a local restaurant. * After lunch, we will visit the spectacular Pura Kehen, a temple dedicated to Hinduism. Built in the 11th century and immersed in a verdant palm tree plantation, the temple is in an elevated position with eight terraces in front of it adorned with statues and shrubs, and it is accessed by a picturesque stairway lined with traditional stone sculptures.
We will end our excursion with a stop to admire Kerta Gosa hall of justice, which is surrounded by flower-filled gardens and ponds brimming with lotus flowers. We will pause and observe the fascinating frescoed ceilings depicting the punishments that once awaited criminals, and then we will enjoy the scenic journey back to the ship.
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