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Bali - Indonesia



An island and the smallest province of Indonesia, and includes a few smaller neighbouring islands, notably Nusa Penida. It is located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Java to the west and Lombok to the east, and has its capital of Denpasar at the southern part of the island. Bali is believed to be Majapahit Empire's living remnant.

With a population of 3,890,757 in the 2010 census, and currently 4.22 million the island is home to most of Indonesia's Hindu minority. According to the 2010 Census, 84.5% of Bali's population adhered to Balinese Hinduism while most of the remainder followed Islam. Bali is also the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. A tourist haven for decades, the province has seen a further surge in tourist numbers in recent years.
 

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Kuta, Bali - Before the tourism arrives in Bali, this is just a sleeping small fishing town of 8000 people. Due to its strategic location which is close to the main airport, the town face rapid modernization and development as well population growth, this town is now Bali's entertainment center along with neighboring Seminyak.


Kuta Beach by Ed Johnson, on flickr


Rue a Kuta by Ir Zil, on flickr


Kuta Street by Made_bagus94, on flickr


Kuta Street by Made_bagus94, on flickr


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Ogoh Ogoh ceremony before Hari Raya Nyepi day - A doll that ressemble demonic creatures are made days before Nyepi celebration, during the celebration (which is a day before Nyepi) the dolls are carried around town to scare away evil from Bali and later burned.


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Ubud, Bali - Bali's art capital, used to be a quiet town populated with artistan and surrounded by rice terraces field. Today the town is facing a level of development that is almost as fast as Kuta.


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Denpasar - Bali's Capital City - Formerly the seat of Denpasar Kingdom in Bali before the city were razed by the Dutch, the king of the city refuse to submit to the Dutch. The King and around 1000 of his subject killed themself in the palace in an event that is called "puputan Badung" (Puputan is a Balinese tradition of mass ritual suicide) , the site is now called "Puputan Square" with Margarana monument standing in the heart of the city. Due to its location in central Bali, the seat of government were moved to Denpasar from SIngaraja after independence. Unlike Kuta, this city remains untouched from tourism development.


Panoramio pic of Puputan square


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Singaraja, Northern Bali's Main City - Singaraja is the old seat of government of the Dutch East Indies in Bali, traces of colonial old shohouses, warehouses and Chinese migrants are visible. Today the city remains as the north's main port and as one of the most untouched city from modernization.


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