Unique Facts about Besakih Temple and Kecak Dance – Besakih Temple and Kecak Dance are two things you will always remember about Bali even though those two are not the only things you may find in Bali. Especially the temple, it is like the largest temple for Hindus in Indonesia. The tourists agree that the trip in Bali will be completed if you visit the temple.
Facts about Besakih Temple
As we have said earlier, this temple is largest Hindus temple in Indonesia. It is like a group of temples and at least there are 46 of them inside the area. The main temple is called Penataran Agung which is located in the higher area in the composition.
The temple also has cool architecture that was built since years ago. Penataran Agung was located in higher area with terraces. It is supposed to make people feel a little closer with the God. You will never find the similar terraces in other places around the world.
Other than that, the great view is offered by this place. You will see the Agung Mountain from the temple. Well, this temple is basically located at the slope of Agung Mountain. In certain times, you may also see the mountain wrapped by the fog.
If you want to get into the temple, you have to wear cloth and shawl provided by the local community. If you are on your period then you are not allowed to enter the building. More than anything, you will feel the sensation of being the local villager when visiting the temple.
Facts about Kecak Dance
Kecak Dance is a traditional dance from Bali. It tells us the story of Ramayana. As the cultural heritage, this dance is very famous and tourist will definitely visit Uluwatu to watch the dance when they are in Bali.
According to the sources, this dance was initially created in 1930 by a Balinese artist and a Germany painter. Parts of the dance were inspired by the praying ritual. It is called as Kecak because the people that surrounding the dancers would scream “cak… cak… cak…”
The show will be started with burning some incense and then a group of accompanists will get into the stage by screaming the word we explained before. After that they will sit in circle formation and the dancers will be in the middle of the circle. The good thing is the dancers would not stick to the rule of dancing so they can express their movement. You may find it funny and entertaining yet attractive during the show without sacrificing the sacred sense.
Besides as the cultural heritage, this dance is kind of attraction for the tourists. In nowadays, almost each area of Bali has its own Kecak group. And it has been developed from time to time in order to make the dance becomes a timeless show that attracts lots of people.
So, if you are spending your holiday in Bali, it is better to arrange your time to watch the dance in Uluwatu and visit Besakih Temple.