ARCHITECTUR SAMPLER

PURA RAMBUT SIWI – PERANCAK RIVER – PALASARI CHURCH - 10 Hours (L)

Discover the artwork and traditional architecture of Bali’s cultural heartland on a full-day tour. You’ll experience this top destination with a knowledgeable local guide, who accompanies you to several highlights in Palasari and its surrounding countryside.

After a long distance drive, to break the stretch a stop will be made to Pura Rambut Siwi a spectacularly sited coastal temple whose history is linked to the sixteenth-century Hindu priest Nirartha. Now the most important temple in Jembrana district, it is believed to contain a lock of Nirartha`s hair. Its name translates a`the temple for worshiping the hair”. The gift is kept in a sandalwood box inside the central 3-tiered meru. Perched among frangipani on a promontory overlooking the sea, Pura Rambut Siwi occupies a truly beautiful site. Then continue to Perancak River for an amazing sight of the small outrigger “traditional jukung” and sampan boats which can be seen quietly resting on the river. They were brought to Bali by the Bugis seafarers who settled at the end of the 17th century. After lunch, trip will continue to Palasari.

A Tranquil Catholic Outpost in the Sea of Hindu!! The feeling of tranquility and peacefulness are the first impressions that captivate the heart of the visitor upon entering the village of Palasari. Palasari is a catholic outpost in the sea of Hindu, situated in the heart of Jembrana regency and surrounded by the forest and coconut plantations. The hallmark of this Catholic village is none other than the Sacred Heart (Hati Kudus) Catholic Church, was designed by Father Ignatius A.M. de Vriese assisted by two Balinese architects, Ida Bagus Tugur and I Gusti Nyoman Rai. It was started in 1954 and finished end of 1958. The church architecture is an amalgamation of Gothic and Balinese traditional architecture, symbolizing the harmonious relation of Hindu and Catholic in Bali. However, the harmony is not just expressed as far as architecture the Catholics in this area have used Hindu paraphernalia, which has caused some resentment among the Hindu Balinese. They use penjors and other temple decorations and dress in Balinese formal costume during Christian festivals and mass. Beside the Church a visit also will be made to the water dam called Bendungan Palasari which is the largest water dam in Bali.