Nusa Dua, Museum Pasifika

Nusa Dua, Museum Pasifika


Although relatively new in comparison to most museums in Bali,

Museum Pasifika is the home of an extensive collection of artworks from all over the Asian Pacific region.

It mission, to preserve and divulgate the diverse and multifaceted traditions of its people, as well as to put these side-by-side with significant oeuvres from the 20th century which communicate not only the perceptions of foreign artists travelling to this area of the world, but also the cultural “melting pot” originating from such exchanges.

The pursuit of this vision proved itself to be challenging at times, yet resilient. What was originally conceived in 2004 as an “Asia Pacific Art Centre”  was opened in August 2006 as Museum Pasifika. Through the passion which was invested by its founders, we find today a world-class institution in the heart of Nusa Dua with an ever-growing collection of formidable standards for everyone to enjoy.

Although such a collection is permanent, since Museum Pasifika’s opening we have hosted a number of temporary events, perpetuating and promoting the rich array of cultural activities within Bali as well as internationally.

Due to this lively and fruitful interaction with the local and foreign community, throughout the last three years Museum Pasifika has received a multitude of visitors from hotels, schools, the tourism industry, diplomats and official representatives as well as, of course, travelers and art lovers from all over the world.

Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, chairman of the Bali Tourism Board, announced: “We welcome Museum Pasifika’s initiative to promote art and culture of Indonesia, and to give visitors and residents the opportunity to discover the cultural richness of our country. The tourism in Bali is forecasted to exceed 2.5 million visitors of 2010 and we hope that many other initiatives like this one will come to increase our reputation of cultural centre of the archipelago.”


Denpasar, Monument Bajra Sandhi

Monument Bajra Sandhi

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Bajra Sandhi Monument is monument of Balinese People Struggle . This Monument is recognized by the name of Bajra Sandhi because it’s form is looking like Bajra or Genta or bell used by all Hindu Priest in reading off Weda holy sentence (mantra) at religious ceremony. This monument is built in the year 1987 and it is opened by president of Megawati Sukarno Putri on 14 June 2003. The purpose of this monument is to immortalize the soul and spirit of Balinese People struggle, at one blow dig, looking after, developing and also preserve the culture of Bali to be bequeathed to a router generation as advancing capital stroke tread a world of loaded progressively with the challenge and resistance. Bajra Sandhi, Balinese Struggle Monument, Denpasar Bali Philosophy Bajra Sandhi Monument, Places of InterestThis monument is comprising of 33 diorama depicting the journey history from a period of prehistory (300.000 S.M) what its human being still go about and very base on the nature until the period of filling the independence (1950-1975) where Bali Island is built in all areas like politics, economic, and social cultural. By knowing and comprehending of the journey history, soul, and spirit of Bali People struggle from time to time, it is expected the tighten of the spirit and cultural to increase Bali tourism. The Building Monument of Bajra Sandhi The existence of physical building is strongly relating to the meaning of Hinduism philosophy, namely Yoni colossus. The monument is likely colossus device meanwhile the building base as yoni. From other side, the Yoni colossus is also describing the story of twiddling Mandhara Giri at Ksirarnawa which is taken away from passage of Adi Parwa (Hindu’s Book). This building Monument is consisted of: Jar of Amertha symbol by Kumba (a kind of pot) what is seen on the top monument. The Dragon Basuki tail exists near by Swamba and its head at entrance gate The body of Bedawang Akupa realized at its base of monument and the head at entrance gate Mount of Mandara Giri realized by the high of monument boosting Pool encircle the monument is supposing as Ksirarnawa (milk ocean). Bajra Sandhi Monument in its development, it has been opened for visitor and to be places of interest or tourist destination in Bali in particular when visiting Denpasar town . You may also join Denpasar City Tour or Denpasar Tour Package to visit this beautiful place.

Klunkung, Nyoman Gunarsa Museum

Nyoman Gunarsa Museum

Nyoman Gunarsa is one of Bali?s most prominent artists. As a painter, he has been going through many phases that have led lead him to his own stream and character. He had been an expressionist, he had passed through a realism era, and ultimately he chooses to paint in abstract expressionist style. His painting is unique with strong details in the painting itself, so if you see any of his painting do you can recognize easily “that’s a Gunarsa”. His paintings implicitly carry his identity.

Bali is his home as well as his inspiration. The island is the main theme of his paintings, particularly he gets inspiration from Balinese dancers. He considers his paintings as space and movement, he plays his brush to put the color on the canvas in an aesthetic way. In his path to becoming a great painter he has been involved in so many exhibitions inside and outside the country. He often uses bright and strong colors that make his painting eye-catching, fresh, dynamic and modern and at the same time showing a traditional scene of Balinese dancers, Balinese men or women.

2-Updown-paintingIn 1989 he established Museum Seni Lukis Kontemporer Indonesia Nyoman Gunarsa in Yogyakarta and after that he established another museum called Museum Seni Lukis Bali in his homeland, Klungkung regency, Bali. The three story museum was built with modern Bali architecture but the building looks old and a bit abandoned. But now, they are in the process of doing renovations so maybe soon it will look brighter again.

On the ground floor, the spacious space boasts paintings made by Gunarsa also and some sculptures made by him and a collection of Barong. Going up to the second floor where less sunshine enters the vast room, one can appreciate products of the past. The second floor boasts a collection of antique Balinese wooden gates, very old kamasan paintings, antique sculptures and other types of antique traditional cultural products.

Last but not least, the third floor is the sanctuary for his own excellent creations. Some paintings are hanging nicely on the walls while others are hanging in the middle of the space giving a different style of interior design in this classical museum. This place is a like garden full of flowers for art lovers and antique mania. Not only one can appreciate the creativity, the imagination and the works of the artist but also the collection can take you back to Bali in old era where people made art works in order to serve God and where artworks were the body of the religious soul.

You can’t imagine how rich the collection that the museum boasts is until you visit the museum and see yourself. Worth the trip for art lovers.[NOW]

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Karangasem Ujung Water Palace

Karangasem Ujung Water Palace


Ujung Water Palace, which by the local people is called as Taman Soekasada Ujung, was built in 1919. However, the launching of this complex of water palace was performed in 1912.

The water palace was constructed by the late King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik, that reigned in Karangasem between 1909 and 1945.

Ujung Water Palace was majestically built to welcome and to serve important guests and Kings from neighboring countries, besides for the pleasure of the King and his royal family.

Taman Soekasada Ujung lies at Tumbu village, Karangasem district. It is approximately 85 km from Airport Denpasar and 5 km from Amlapura.

Tourism activity in this area is supported by the available of food stalls, small restaurants and quite large parking area. Visitors who are interested in local crafts product can find some of them in art shops available here.

Taman Soekasada Ujung has been announced to be a cultural tourist object for it is noted as one of several cultural heritages exist in Karangasem regency.

The complex of this water palace is the combination of Balinese and European architectures. There are 3 big and large ponds inside the area. In the middle of the main pond, there is a building that connected to the edge of the pond by 2 bridges.

On the most tip of the highest level of this complex, we will find a great statue of “warak” (rhinoceros). Beneath the warak there is a Bull statue. From this high place we will see a marvellous view of sea, hills with lush and green forest, the beauty of Mount Agung combined with the green terraced rice fields.

The greatness of Ujung Water Palace had been destructed by the explotion of Mount Agung in 1963 which was made worst by the great shake happened in 1979. However, the recovery effort had been performed to bring back the glory of this complex of water palace by holding a reconstruction and revitalisation project on it. Although it is not as great as it was, the amaze of the past still can be seen here this moment.

Karangasem , Ujung Water Palace, Water Palace

Karangasem , Ujung Water Palace, Water Palace

Denpasar, Bali Provincial Museum

Bali Provincial Museum

Jalan Letkol Wisnu Denpasar 80235 Indonesia +62 361 22 2680 Open Hours: 8a-3:30p daily.

This museum, originally built in 1910 by the Dutch, who wanted to preserve cultural artifacts in the face of growing exportation, has since been rebuilt after an earthquake in 1917.
Several buildings highlight different architectural styles from around the island.
View a number of prehistoric pieces in the main building as well as traditional artifacts.
In other buildings you will come across examples of dance costumes, religious artifacts, traditional calendars, various textiles and common objects found at all levels of Balinese society.
The opening hours change frequently, so it is best to phone ahead.

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Bali Provincial Museum Bali Provincial Museum
Bali Provincial Museum Bali Provincial Museum
Bali Provincial Museum Bali Provincial Museum
Bali Provincial Museum Bali Provincial Museum

Denpasar Fingerprint Painting Museum

Denpasar Fingerprint Painting Museu

The museum was established as private property in 1994 by the owner: I Gusti Ngurah Gede Pemecutan. In this museum a number of the owner’s own paintings are collected and documented as a fingerprint painting collection. The specific methods of painting is using the fingertip as paintbrush and stain it with water colors as wished according to the imagination and the result is a painting on the canvas.

The museum building consists of: exhibition hall including library, studio, hall, where performing arts are performed, open-stage etc.

The museum is located on Jalan Hayam Wuruk 175, Denpasar and can be easily reached by regular public – transport. Sanur Beach as favorite tourist attraction is only about 15 minutes drive from the museum. The museum opens daily from: 09.00 a.m – 04.00 p.m, except holidays.

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Fingerprint Painting Museum Fingerprint Painting Museum
Fingerprint Painting Museum

Kuta Bali Shell Museum

Kuta Bali Shell Museum

Shell is one of the mysteries in the universe. It can be said that it is one of the miracle in the world. How shells can be formed? What about the colors? No wonder that some become shells collectors. For some, shells meats are something that can be eaten and delicious. And for some shells could be formed as wonderful crafts, ornaments, home wares, and others. So, here we are ?Bali Shell Museum? comes to show you the magnificent of sea shells.
Begin with his hobby and interest toward sea shell in the childhood, Mr. Stephen (the owner) is collecting some sea shells. After graduate from university, he decided to begin his journey. He is seeking shells and also selling them. He joins with a lot of exhibition such as in German, France, USA, Singapore, and Malaysia. Bali Shell Museum is his dream that will make it come true. The first shell museum in Indonesia. The museum also will affiliate with other museum such in Thailand, Japan, and USA
KUTA 80361 ? BALI
Tel. +62-361-752932
Fax. +62-361-752881


Bali Shell Museum

Gilimanuk Manusia Purba Museum

Gilimanuk Manusia Purba Museum

Manusia Purba Museum is a small prehistoric museum with significant collections of prehistoric artifacts and prehistoric human?s bones. This unique museum is located in the west tip of Bali, in Gilimanuk, Jembrana regency. This museum houses collection of prehistoric bones and artifacts which were found by R.P. Soejoeno of Bali Archaeological Service during great excavation in 1962, in the village of Cekik, where the museum finally located.

Cekik site is one of the biggest necropolises found in Indonesia. In this site, the archeologists found various artifacts such as jewelries, bronze equipments, glass beads, pottery and sarcophagus, 100 complete prehistoric human skeletons adult were also found in an ancient graveyard in this excavation area.

The artifacts and the bones which were found in Cekik excavation site are exhibited in this museum in a modest display. The prima ballerina of this museum is two sarcophaguses which form a set of double jar burial, it is a unique burial system in which the second jar contains a skeleton in a position of a man which his hand were tied in the back, which suggest that this unfortunate person was buried alive against his will to accompany the deceased person in the first sarcophagus.

Manusia Purba Museum of Gilimanuk houses a complete collection of early civilization in this island which provides useful information on the life and culture of ancient inhabitants of the last paradise; magnificent and important collections for a small and modest museum which is frequently unnoticed by the Balinese and the visitors. It worth a visit but one hardly knows it exists.

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Gilimanuk Manusia Purba Museum

Klunkung Balinese Traditional Court

Klunkung Balinese Traditional Court

Klunkung, Balinese Traditional Court

Klunkung, Balinese Traditional Court

Klunkung, Balinese Traditional Court

Klunkung, Balinese Traditional Court

Klunkung, Balinese Traditional Court

Klunkung, Balinese Traditional Court

The repugnance of the Balinese against having to appeal in the courtroom was inherited from the feudal era of Bali. The hatred of Balinese against the official high tribunal, the kerta is only a part of the Balinese policy of keeping the princess of interfering too much in the affairs. The kertas are the courts of the princes and they are generally composed of three Brahmanic priests who act as judges. They are assisted by a number of kantjas, ?lawyers?, and scribe.

Trials take place in a special shed, built over the high stone or brick platform. The Kerta Gosa, the court house of Klungkung, one of the inevitable sights of Bali, is already famous because of the lurid paintings that cover the entire ceiling, depicting the punishments that await a law-breaker in the hell. The court house is beautifully decorated; two stone serpents flank the stairs that lead to the platform where the judges sit on great gilt chairs.

A trial must be conducted with the greatest dignity and restraint. There are rules for the language employed, the behavior of the participant, and the payment of trial expenses. It is interesting that court procedure resembles that of cockfights and its rules and terminology. On the appointed day the plaintiff and the defendant must appear properly dressed, with witnesses, and their cases and declarations carefully written down. An absentee or one whose case is badly stated loses his suit. The kantjas read the statements of each party and then those of the witnesses in their successive order. No one is allowed to speak unless he is addressed. Talking excessively or to loud, quarreling, or pointing at the judges is punishing by fine. When the case has been thoroughly stated, the witnesses have testified and the evidence has been produced, the judges study the statements and go into deliberation among themselves until they reach a decision.

Besides the witnesses and the material evidence, special attention is paid to the physical reaction of the participants during the trial, such as nervousness, change of the color in the face, or heart breathing. Dr. Korn writes that the former times there was a curious official, the batu tumpeng, also to be found at cockfights, whose participation in the procedure was to sit silently, watching and listening, so that he could form an unprejudiced opinion. After the judges reached a decision they submitted their verdict to the batu tumpeng and if he did not agree, they had to confer anew. As an absolute neutral, he informed the contestant of the decision.

The most important evidence is the swearing of the oath of truth that either one of the two parties (it is never foreseen which) will be required to take. After the verdict is announced, the judges will specify the type of oath and who shall take it. Then the date is set by the religious calendar. There are ?little? and ?big? oaths, all terrifying in their content, but with varying effects; some will affect only the person of the perjurer with minor misfortunes, but in the ?big? oath all of his descendants, even onto the third generation, will be cursed by dreadful calamities.

Klunkung Semarajaya Museum

Klunkung Semarajaya Museum

The Works of Emilio Ambron

Text and photos by Kartika Suardana

semarajaya1Italian painter and sculptor Emilio Ambron was inexplicably drawn to Bali after seeing photographs of Bali in a book by Dr. Gregor Frause and an exhibition of Balinese art in Paris in the early 1930s. After visiting the exhibition, Ambron sailed from Marseilles to Java to see for himself what he had seen in the photographs in Frause?s book Land und Volk. Ambron settled in Bali in 1938. He was a close friend of Le Mayeur, a prominent Belgian painter who had made Bali his home.

Ambron had a great passion for the island. Dancer Ni Cawangl, was his muse for his paintings and his appreciation of Balinese culture was clearly expressed through his paintings and drawings.

At the Semarajaya Museum in Klungkung Regency, one is able to gain a snapshot of the regency?s history, with items such as the court?s utensils, correspondence between the King of Klungkung and the Dutch governor general during the Dutch occupation in Klungkung, traditional Balinese weaving looms and the Klungkung palace weapons? collection.

Two rooms within the museum display the works of Emilio Ambron, notable among which is the painting The Balinese Girl with Water Lily, and another painting titled Blue Turban. Extracts from Ambron?s diary are displayed on the wall between the artists? paintings and sculptures.
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The museum boasts 69 of Ambron?s works created over a period of 50 years. His inspiration came from classical renaissance roots while he used various mediums to express it. One thing that is obvious is that the artist loved to capture the movements of his model.

Emilio Ambron?s collection was formally donated to Museum Semarajaya on June 14, 1996. It was Ambron?s dying wish to dedicate the collection to the people of Bali as a symbol of his great love for the island and its people. [NOW]

Museum Semarajaya
Jalan Untung Surapati No. 3, Semarapura
P: 21448

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