Missing Asia | Bali - Temples and Rice Fields

15 October 2014 Bali, Indonesia

Last of the series of Bali entries. Looking at pictures and typing up posts really makes me miss my vacation in Bali. 
With a majority of its population making a living through agricultural, one should never miss out visiting the rice terraces and padi fields of Bali.

The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the more famous rice terraces in Bali. 

The rice terraces are so beautiful from this view, especially with the mountains at the back. It was drizzling at this point when the photo was taken, but we went out in the rain and admired the rice fields anyway.

Rice Paddies are a very nice backdrop for a meal. There are restaurants and cafes located in the middle of rice fields. Beware of mosquitos in the summer, but otherwise, if you have the luxury of time and money, treat yourself to a nice meal at a cafe by a rice field!

More than being an agricultural community, Bali (and many other parts of Indonesia) is well known for the rich culture and beautiful temples.
I've always believed that visiting a city isn't complete without learning more about the culture and visiting historical or cultural landmarks.

On this trip, Sheryl and I visited the Neka Art Musuem which had a very interesting layout. It looked a lot like a temple, but art pieces were displayed on the walls in different rooms in a very minimalistic fashion.
The place that left the most impression on me was the Brahmavihara-Arama Buddhist Monastery. Im not sure if its a popular tourist destination, but it was so serene and peaceful. The hot sun blazing through the clouds, as you stroll through the garden on the upper levels of the monastery accompanied by the majestic inverted bell structure provided a certain kind of calming sensation. 

We had to wear robes tied around our waists before we could enter the temple! Full experience in a monastery indeed!

As a Christian for most of my life, I have only been largely exposed to the Christian faith since young, I would say don't know much about the Buddhist religion. Some Christians might be uncomfortable with visiting temples and monasteries, but for the exposure and cultural knowledge, I recommend visiting the Brahmavihara-Amara; its unlike any monastery i've been to in Singapore. 

No matter what your faith is, when you're in a different country, do always make an effort to learn more about their culture and religion. Its interesting how different cultures can make an impression on you and make you a more accepting and tolerant person in general. 
My two-cents worth! :)

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