The Ground Zero Memorial, Bali – A Tribute to the Fallen

Known as a party haven, where people from all over the globe gather, the resort town of Kuta was targeted by extremists who detonated several bombs, in and around crowded nightclubs in 2002. Bali’s Ground Zero Memorial, is a beautiful stone monument that is dedicated to the 202 men and women, who lost their lives in the tragic 2002 Bali bombing. After the incident, tourists to the island were wary of Kuta and instead, opted to stay at a Bali resort hotel in the nearby town of Seminyak, such as the Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort, for instance. Not only is Seminyak home to some of Bali’s best beaches and boutique stores, it’s also considered safer and less crowded than Kuta.

Kuta has since recovered from the shock of the attack and transformed itself back into a tourist haven. However, a visit to Kuta wouldn’t be complete without a glimpse of the memorial. The monument was erected at the site of the first bombing location, where the original Paddy’s Pub was. The second bombing took place opposite the road, at the Sari Club – the club has been rebuilt at another location and the site is now used as a car park.

The memorial site is encircled by a small garden, and the intricately carved monument holds a marble plaque which lists out all the names and nationalities of the victims. The ground zero memorial was completed in 2004, and included a Hindu blessing ceremony, which gave grieving loved ones the opportunity to lay offerings and mementos at the base.

After several cleansing ceremonies, and paying respect to the deceased, the Bali initiated the “Kuta Karnival — A Celebration of Life”. The annual event was staged to show the determination of the Balinese people to move on from the tragedies as well as to encourage embracing life. The Karnival consists of art performances like the traditional Balinese Sunset Dances, sports and water sports, as well as culinary delicacies spread out over the 1 kilometre of beautiful beach.

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.

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Top 3 things to do in Kuta, Bali – There’s more to it than just the beaches

Kuta is situated on the southernmost part of Bali, one of the many islands that make up Indonesia and is conveniently close to close to Ngurah Rai Aiport. Bali has long been known as a fabulous beach destination and Kuta is popular as a resort area for tourists. It was once a simple fishing village but is now a major tourist destination in Indonesia and especially in demand when it comes to surfing tourism. Several well-known Australian surfers are known to visit here often. From magnificent beaches and waterparks to traditional theatre houses and Buddhist temples, Kuta has got it all. If you are thinking of heading out on a vacation to Bali, Kuta resort options such as Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali and others are available for you to stay at during your holiday. While many of these resorts provide a comprehensive set of entertainment facilities within their own grounds, do make sure to venture out and sightsee at some of the following destinations. Bali’s got more to offer than its beaches.

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Make a splash at the Waterbom Bali, one of Kuta’s water adventure parks. This recreational park features many water slides that are sure to get your heart racing as you cool off from the tropical heat. It also has many eateries should you get peckish or feel thirsty. If you are in the mood for a dose of culture and want to see something exotic, book a seat at Kuta Theater. The shows here are far from boring, and sometimes showcase the talents of fire-wielding magicians who show off their pyrotechnic skills to eager audiences. Leeng Gwan Kuta Temple, also known as the Vihara Dharmayana, is a Chinese Buddhist temple that counts over two hundred years of history. The architectural style and decor take after Eastern sensibilities, and so expect to be greeted with lots colour, especially red. This is in stark contrast to the more monotone, fully white Buddist temples that are iconic of South Asian countries such as Sri Lanka.

 

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Visit Uluwatu Temple – The Temple of “All-In-One God”

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Bali, an island that many call paradise…Once you get to this island of many pleasures and wonders there’s many to see from its iconic rice paddy fields, forested volcanic mountain ranges, beaches and temples presenting the glory of days of yonder. Of the latter, one that undoubtedly stands out is the one perched on the edge of a hill by the sea. Standing 70 metres above sea level, it is the majestic Uluwatu Temple.

The Uluwatu Temple dates as far back as the 11th Century. A smaller temple was said to have existed before the great Javanese sage by the name of Empu Kuturan expanded it to its modern glory. This sea temple is dedicated to God Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, the “All-In-One God” in Indonesian Hinduism. Also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, the Uluwatu Temple is said to be built to protect Bali against evil spirits and forces.

So where is it? The temple is located about 1 hour away from Bali’s capital city of Denpasar in a little village called Pecatu. It’s all the way down in Bali’s southernmost at an area known to tourists as ‘Bukit Peninsula’. And don’t worry; though it’s a bit out of the way you will still be able to find a Bali luxury villa in Uluwatu in close proximity like the Alila Villas Uluwatu. The best time to go would be between the months of July to August when the temperature is at its coolest and also the driest. Sunsets at Uluwatu temple are absolutely beautiful and the best time to see the sunsets is from March to September, when the skies are the clearest.

The temple of Uluwatu is designed according to the stunning Balinese Hindu architecture. During your explorations, you will be able to see the elaborate statue created in the ancient style of sculpture, a 10th century stone gate, and the captivating traditional Balinese Kecak or fire dance. According to the 210-day Balinese Pawukon cycle, the temple holds its anniversary celebrations in every six months. This is a big festival with wondrous displays of Bali’s culture.

One thing to keep in mind when visiting the temple is to stay clear away from the monkeys. Uluwatu Temple has quite an infestation of them and there are a few reports of monkeys snatching food from tourists. So, be sure to not get close to them and definitely do not offer them food.

Fantastic Balinese Hindu architecture, statue with an ancient style sculpture and Balinese Kecak and fire dance performance, then you should add Uluwatu Temple Bali on your things to do in Bali. There are also two stone troughs if connected make one sarcophagus.

Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media.

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