Trip to the province with a thousand of temple, Bali part 2

So, many people have come to Bali. Yes, it has such a unique athmosphere and culture sensation. If you came to a region you must taste the food right? because the food is a part of the culture. Here it is the food that you must taste if you come to Bali :

1. Sate Lilit Bali

2. Betutu Chicken or Duck Bali (beware you must like spicy food to try it)

3. Lawar (it’s just llike a salad)

Actually i’m on my way searching for more info about it. I promise i’ll share it soon… ^_^

Now, it’s shopping time !! Beside, the kuta district, the ubud village boutique, we can do shopping for a bargain price in Fatmawati Market. (I’ll suggest you to make a bargain at least 40% from the original price. In fact it work for me as Indonesian, i don’t know if it really work for foreign tourist, but it worth to try).

sukowati market

You are not allowed to leave Bali before you see the dance performance. Kecak dance, barong dance, pendet dance, topeng dance, etc. I suggest you to watch the kecak dance at Bedugul temple or GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana) the masterpiece of our craftman. It’s unfinished sculpture of the God named Wisnu from the beliefs of Hindunism. It’s unfinished but still it’s beautiful ! Here it is…Check it out…

Wisnu God

I found a really interesting place there, it is Tirta empul temple. People believe that it’s a place to make ourself back to the holyness. You should go there too…

Actually theres more interesting place there, but unfortunatelly i cant tell it all…Have a good vacation guys ! [aci]

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Royal Wedding of This Year

The youngest daughter of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwana X, Gusti Raden Ajeng (GRAj) Nurastuti Wijareni (GKR Bendara) maried Achmad Ubaidillah who is not from a royal family.  Their wedding is royal wedding of this year in Indonesia.  I will tell you that… formerly, long…long ago….Indonesia consist of area which rules by several kingdoms.  After Indonesia become a republic, royal families still exist and blend with society. Some royal family usually concern in maintaining royal culture and culture, and some has own profesion…for example as a lecturer, entrepreneur, etc.

Ok…Back to their wedding… Their wedding was held for 4 days  from 16 – 19 October 2011 in Keraton Yogyakarta.  The Sultan gave royal tittle to Achmad Ubaidillah, it is Kanjeng Pangeran Harya (KPH) Yudanegara.  Oh, by the way GRAj Nurastuti Wijareni was a finalist of Miss Indonesia in 2009.

Many famous people came to the wedding reception, even our president and vice president. Journalist who came to cover the news might wear traditional wear of  Java. Society of Yogyakarta also happy with the wedding. Some people of Yogyakarta gave food to royal family too. And of course the princess and the prince ride a royal cart to meet the people outside Keraton (the palace). Because of this royal wedding, hotels in Yogyakarta were full-booked, many tourist from abroad or domestic came just to see this awesome wedding.

Here is some pictures that i take from this website: http://kratonwedding.tumblr.com  and  http://twitter.com/#!/KratonWedding/media/slideshow

Invitation Card of The Royal Wedding

B'doyo Manten dance (this dance only perform in the wedding of Sultan's family and the dancer should be a virgin)

Beksan Lawung Ageng dance ( this dance was created by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwana I . The dance tell about combat training)

The prince and princess met Yogyakarta people

Beksan Lawung Ageng Dance

Bedhaya Sangaskara dance (somebody told me that if you can perform this dance very good, you are a truly dancer)

the prince and princess watching the dance

The Princess

The Prince and Princess in their wedding reception

The Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwana X and his wife.

The Prince and Princess in their rings exchange ceremony

Now you may kiss the bride 🙂

Fiuuuh, you can see more pictures on the link i gave you above. Oh you also can see the tv streaming of their wedding here  http://www.okezone.tv/tag/14125/ v-ubaidillah

and you can follow the twitter @kratonwedding. It’s  official twitter account of Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Royal Wedding GKR Bendara & KPH Yudanegara.

And hey,….i have interesting website for you if you want to know more about kingdom ( specially in Indonesia, and widely kingdom in the world). The website is in Indonesian and English. Check this out : http://www.kerajaannusantara.com/id/page/about

[sel].

Piring Dance from Minangkabau

This dance used to be the dance to praise the God for thanking the harvest times at the region named Minangkabau in the West Sumatra since about 800 years ago. It was very famous since the era of Sriwijaya kingdom. But, when Sriwijaya kingdom was beaten by the Majapahit, this dance spreaded to Malaysia. But as time goes by, the religion is came, today it’s only a ceremonial dance such as in marriage, etc. This dance is accompanied by the song that is played with Talempong and Saluang, that where the movement is done quickly while holding the plate in the palm of their hand. [aci]

You could see the dance here :

 

and here, if you want to see the dance when it perform in marriage event. You will see the west Sumatra traditional clothes and bride and bridegroom dress.

Exoctic Dance from Exotic Province, Bali…

This dance is the identity of one of the most beautiful island in the world, Bali. It was created in 1930. The main performers are male. The male dancers sit in a rows in a circle with a rhythm called “cak” while they raising their both arms. It’s symbolize the story about Ramayana as line of apes when he have to fight Ravana. Actually, this dance is a story about the Ramayana and Shinta.

However, the Kecak dance itself is a part of sanghyang ritual. In fact people said that the dancers will be in unconscious condition so they could communicate with God or the spirit of their ancestors and then convey their expectations to the people. The uniqueness of this dance is there aren’t any music to accompany the dancers. There only some little bells which are worn on the dancers feet. It would create a unique harmony.

There’s a plenty of way to enjoy the show of Kecak Dance, but, the best way to see it is in an outdoor way with the view of the beautiful sunset such as you can see in a region named Uluwatu. There, we can see the show in the temple of Uluwatu. The beauty and the atmosphere is so unbelievable. This temple was built at the top of the cliff with the height about 30 meter. We shall see the Indian ocean at the back of the temple. What a sensation !! ^__^ [aci]

You can see the video here :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqke2IrdZxQ (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX1rghsOqu0 (Part 2)

Reog Ponorogo

In a small city of east java, there is a region named Ponorogo. Reog Ponorogo is a traditional dance from this place. Many stories were told for the origin of the dance. The most famous story is about the rebellion of Ki Ageng Kutu to his King named Kertabumi in the kingdom of Majapahit. The face of the tiger symbolize the king. Ki Ageng Kutu wanted to critic his king, it is shown by someone  who sat at the top of the tiger’s head. The peacock’s fur symbolized the influence from the people around the king who tried to manipulate him to do corruption. Well, whatever the story is…it’s our traditional and culture’s dance guys. ^__^  [aci]

you can see this dance here :

The place of Ponorogo

Jejer Gandrung Dance

Jejer Gandrung dance is one in a million traditional dances in Indonesia. This dance is originally from  Banyuwangi, East Java. The name Jejer Gandrung came from the local language. “Jejer” means a show and “Gandrung” means happiness. This dance is performed to greet people or tourists whose come to Banyuwangi.

You can see this beautiful dance here :

If you want to know where is Banyuwangi in Indonesia, you can see the picture below. You will see that Banyuwangi is very close with Bali.[aci]


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