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Monkey Forest · Mengwi Temple · Tanah Lot · Part 1
Another culturally charged day that left me crispy on my skin from the heat.
The next tour I journeyed into the countryside in Gulingan famous for babi guling (suckling pig, also hence its name) and made a stop to take a short walk through a terraced rice paddy field, cultivated in unique Balinese style, surrounded by coconut trees and tropical horticultural plants including sweet potatoes and tapioca. At the end of my stroll, I got to relax in a Balinese pavilion and sample traditional Indonesian fried tapioca and sweet potato together with iced tea.
After leaving the village, we then left for the Royal Temple of Mengwi - Pura Taman Ayun. Dating from 1634, this picturesque complex surrounded by a moat with multi-roofed meru shrines and intricately carved wooden gates. The temple is now a UNESCO protected site.
Next stop, the sacred Monkey Forest, a cluster of towering trees which is home to hundreds of monkeys, and ending at Tanah Lot, famous in Bali as the Sunset Temple, where we experienced the day's sunset beyond the black lava towers of the sacred 16th century temple, built on a lava rock 200 meters off shore.
Photos taken using Sony NEX-F3. No edits except cropping. Click on the images below to expand. Disclaimer: The photos herein and all other albums associated with Bali Sojourn are by no means a documentary. They're all touristy snapshots.