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    Sidemen

    One of the places in Bali with strong spiritual aura is Sidemen Valley located in Karangasem East Bali in the foot of Mount Agung. Many spiritual magic men are said to be staying here. Many Balinese believe that health problems and natural disasters are caused by evil spirits, so whenever a problem occurs they go to the Dukun (spiritual doctor) in Balinese Balian. Balians also support ceremonial occasions such as weddings.

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    Desa Tenganan

    The village of Tenganan is famous as an aboriginal village known as Bali Aga. An important part of Bali Aga culture is the complex Tie-dye technique used to make Bali’s traditional geringsing double ikat. Bali’s Tenganan village is the only village that today still produces geringsing. In geringsing, both the cotton warp and weft threads are carefully dyed and cross-dyed before weaving; the finished pattern only emerges as the cloth is woven. It is believed that geringsing has the power to prevent diseases and evil spirits.

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    Taman Ujung

    Its foundations first laid out in 1919, by ‘Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem’, Taman Ujung became officially open to the public and became known as a royal water garden complex. The site suffered near devastation by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963, and also weathered an earthquake in 1979. The beautiful pillars give the impression of a Greek temple. Years of restoration efforts has made way to its current splendor and in 2004 it became a government designated historical park.

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    Tirta Gangga

    Tirta Gangga literally means water from the Ganges and it is a site of some reverence for the Hindu Balinese. The king of Amlapura, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut built the water palace in 1947 and used it as one of his many weekend retreats. There are bathing spaces, pools and fountains, the water comes from natural spring water and is very cold. It is recommended to bring swim suits for a nice cool dip in the water to cleanse your mind and body.

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    Pura Besakih

    The Mother temple of Bali Hinduism, built on the south slopes of the Holy Mount Agung. This Mother Temple is actually a complex made up of twenty-two temples that sits on parallel ridges. The main sanctuary of the complex is the Penataran Agung Temple which enshrines the Shiva god. Besakih Temple is said to be named after the Basukih god who is believed to live in Mount Agung. It is best advised to be aware of the local guides who ask for outrageous guide fees.