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February 15, 2008

Hindu Temples and Buddhist Temples

-Danau Bratan, Bali-

Dominated by Balinese Hinduism, a combination of local beliefs and Southeast Asia Hindu influence, Bali is a treasure house of temples, ruins and historic structures. We quickly learned that it is renowned for its arts, dance, sculptures, paintings (which were way overpriced), wood workings and music.

-Elephant Temple, Ubud, Bali-

In Bali about 93% of the population practice Balinese Hinduism. The minority religions include Islam with 5%, Christianity with about 1.3%, and Buddhism 0.65%. Bali is the one of the only places in Indonesia that is not dominated by Muslim Culture. This alone gives it a very different feel from the rest of the 17,000 islands of Indonesia. It also makes it a very dangerous place for Christians as they are the target of many hate crimes.

-Hindu temple, Sanur, Bali-

-Danau Bratan, Bali-

Picturesque Danau Bratan, which is shown above, is one of the only Buddhist temples on Bali. It also happens to be located on one of the only mountain lakes on the island.

-Danau Bratan, Bali-

We found this sign quite hilarious. Service fees at the temple!!!

Making a pee RP 1000
Making a ___ RP 2000

Taking a shower RP 3000


Yet, if you have followed our blog and our experiences while in Asia, you will notice how this sign is not a testament to poor English in Bali but instead shows how even in third world countries their English base seems to be more proficient than it is here in Korea.

-Keke Homestay, Sanur, Bali-

3 comments:

Kirstin said...

Great picture of the two of you. :)

Jessica Lee Becker said...

"Yet, if you have followed our blog and our experiences while in Asia, you will notice how this sign is not a testament to poor English in Bali but instead shows how even in third world countries their English base seems to be more proficient than it is here in Korea."

A big A-freaking-MEN!!!!

Rachel & Trevor Olson said...

Glad You agree