World’s Best Sunset Point at Uluwatu Temple Bali

Uluwatu Temple Bali

Uluwatu Temple Bali

World’s Best Sunset Point at Uluwatu Temple Bali. Uluwatu Temple (Balinese: Pura (Luhur) Uluwatu) is a Balinese Hindu sea temple (Pura Segara) located in Uluwatu (South Kuta, Badung). The temple is regarded as one of the sad kahyangan. It is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in his manifestation as Rudra.

Why is Uluwatu Temple famous?

This 1,000 year old temple is one of Bali island’s most famous tourist sights because of its impressive cliffs, sunset views, traditional Balinese ‘Kecak’ fire dance, and the notoriously sneaky Uluwatu monkeys that like to hang out near the temple.

History of the Temple

The temple is built at the edge (ulu) of a 70-meter-high cliff or rock (watu) projecting into the sea. In folklore, this rock is said to be part of Dewi Danu’s petrified barque.

Though a small temple was claimed to have existed earlier. The structure was significantly expanded by a Javanese sage, Empu Kuturan in the 11th Century. Another sage from East Java, Dang Hyang Nirartha is credited for constructing the padmasana shrines. And it is said that he attained moksha here, an event called ngeluhur (“to go up”) locally. This has resulted in the temple’s epithet Luhur.

Notorious Monkeys

The temple is inhabited by monkeys (Macaca fascicularis). Who are notorious for snatching visitors’ belongings, such as flip-flops, cameras, and sunglasses. They can usually be persuaded into ransoming the items for fruit, nuts, or candies. Although this only encourages them to steal more.

Scientist and experts on primate behavior have conducted studies on the Macaque monkeys in the area. They have collected data suggesting that they learn bartering behavior. This trade is passed down to the young offspring. New groups of Macaque monkeys introduced into the area quickly adapt skill from the locals.

Kecak Dance performance

A Kecak dance performance based on the Ramayana is performed daily in Uluwatu temple at every 6pm on the cliff-side. The performance which is outdoors also shows the beautiful sunset at the background of the performance.

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