Oct 29, 2006

Sun Set at Uluwatu Temple

On the top of 80 metres cliff above the sea of Pecatu village, lies an ancient temple dating back from 11 century. At the background, the sky is blue with little clouds. Down at the sea, the wave is splashing and you also can see some fishermen go out to begin their work.The reddish sun shines as twilight approaching turning the blue sky into beautiful orange.

Uluwatu temple is beautiful temple which you can visit in the afternoon to see the sun set. It is also a very important temple for Balinese. It is one of the  "Sad Kahyangan" or "Six Heaven" or "Six Temples that lies in six direction of Bali island.

The temple is located at edge of the cliff. When you are at the site, to reach the temple, you'll have to walk 67 stairs and you will see a winged split gate.(The winged split gate was actually built in megalithic era in about 16 century). You can also see palungan batu or sarcophagus in the left and right of the split gate. Inside the temple there is a shrine that is dedicated for worshipping Rudra, one  of the manifestation of Sang Hyang Widhi (Almighty God).

You'll be surprised a little bit to see that there are many monkeys in the temple. They are from the forest nearby (the forest is called alas kekeran or forbidden forest). And, guess what, they are very naughty because of their hobby taking things from tourist: escpecially glasses, earing, watches, bag or purse. So, you need to be careful with that.

Note: Uluwatu temple is located in Pecatu village about 25 KM south of Denpasar (the capital city of Bali). You can go there by car, taxi, or motor bike if you are very brave.

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