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Overview of Gianyar
by: Celestine

Here in the luxurious regency of Gianyar contains some of Bali’s oldest relics and most of her significantly important archaelogical sites. Gianyar is richly endowed with artistic traditions and is known for producing some of the island’s most accomplished painters and dancers. The soil found here is intensely fertile and this regency has a whole plethora of springs and waterways. It is flanked by two great rivers, Ayung on the west end and Pakerisan on the east. The lands in between have been turned into an astounding mesh of paddy terraces.

Covering a total of 368km² or 36.800 ha as of 1999, there were as many as 354,530 people in Gianyar (180,760 men and 173,770 women) among which, 225,520 contributes to the labour force. Located between 8º18’48” and 8º37’58 South latitude, 115º12’29” and 115º22’23” East longitude, it’s full of scenic views of mountains and beautiful coasts. It is not surprising that Gianyar is a touristic place.

To mention some of Gianyar’s respected archaeological sites and relics, there is this huge kettledrum known as the Moon of Pejeng which is a relic from the Bronze Age all the way from Dongsun, Vietnam and not to say also their nearby archaeological museum portraying all the various artifacts. The place also has two ancient temples, the Pura Pusering Jagat and the Pura Kebo Edan.

In the central mountains across from Trunyan is Tirta, known for its hot springs. These springs bubble out into bathing pools, comfortingly warm and are popularly thought to have great healing powers for bodily ailments.

Another thing you can do in Gianyar is shop. When you drive through the highway from Batubulan to Ubud, you will pass through a continuous line of villages, each noted for their individual art forms – gold and silver work, wood carving, sculpting or painting. Just Ubud itself has a whole myriad of artists, healers and literati and for countless generations at that. It is now a fashionable hangout for foreign artists and spiritualists. To handle the number of visitors to Ubud, many shops and restaurants have been opened to welcome them. There is even a tourist information office set up specially for the large number of tourists.

Subdistricts:

  • Payangan

  • Tegallalang

  • Tampak Siring

  • Ubud
    Ubud is recognized as the cultural centre of Bali. Ubud is an ideal place to see Balinese dance: Legong, Ramayana, Baris, Kecak, and the Fire Dance, are performed nightly in or around the Ubud area. Visiting Ubud actually gives you the opportunity to see the real Bali. It is a place for leisurely strolls through rice paddies, lush forest, breathtaking gorges, and deserted swimming holes, all within walking distance from the centre of Ubud. You must visit the Monkey Forest - walk along Monkey Forest Road from Ubud, down into the dense forest where you will find a bunch of happy monkeys waiting for passing tourists. Ubud market has kept much of its traditional charm, with squatting Balinese sellers haggling loudly among spices and vegetables.

  • Sukawati

  • Blahbatuh