The Origin of Legong

The classical legong is first mentioned in the lontar (palm leave manuscript), which deals with King Dewa Agung Jambe from Gel-Gel. This King has three sons, the first was named Sri Aji Wirya Sirikan, who lived in the palace at Klungkung; the second son was Sri Aji Madya Wirya, who lived in the palace of Sukawati in the House of Grogak. The third son Sri Urujawirya lived at Gel-Gel.

A Land in Bali

A piece of land is not “just a piece of land” for Balinese, there is something in the land or place that is revered and sometimes feared by them. something unknown, mystical but produces significant effect to Balinese everyday life even to the Balinese community since Balinese believe that mystical realm cannot be separated with the physical world.

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Bali Travel News

Asian Beach Games in Bali next year
May 05, 2007

INdonesia has prepared for hosting the Asian Beach Games in Bali next year that would be held from Oct. 18 to 26, the Jakarta Post reported Saturday. The country is betting 300 billion rupiah (some 32.97 million U. S. dollars) budget for the event. National Sports Council (KONI) chairwoman Rita Subowo said here Friday the budget for the event would come from the central government, Bali administration and the private sector. The money will be used to build the necessary infrastructure and purchase equipment for the event. The beach games will feature 14 sports. About 5,000 athletes from 45 countries are expected to compete for the 200 medals on offer. Among the featured sports will be beach volleyball, beach sepak takraw, paragliding, jet ski and body building. Events will be held in Sanur, Serangan, Kuta, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua in the Bali island. Rita said Bali was appointed to host the event during an Olympics Council of Asia meeting, which cited Bali's huge popularity as a tourist destination. The next hosts will be Oman, China and the Philippines. "It is an honor for Indonesia to host such a historical event. Bali is the perfect place for the games," she said, adding that the province has hosted numerous international sporting events. The Bali administration has high hopes the event will help increase the number of foreign tourists coming to the island, which was hit by terrorist bombings in 2002 and 2005. Organizers have begun to promote the event through the "Look for the Beach Games" campaign. Despite the preparations, Rita remains modest about Indonesia's medal target at the event. "I just hope that by being the host, the athletes will be motivated to give their best shot and achieve something next year. "

New-found Deepsea Water Source in East Bali Sea
May 03, 2007

A new deepsea water source was found in East Bali Sea (offshore of Karangsem), 350 m from the nearest beach. This deepsea water is a good source of healthy drinking water, with rich mineral contents. The research on this deepsea water had been carried out by the Udayana University, IPB Bogor and a number of Japanese scientists in Marine Tech Kuta. This research was supported by Kyowa Concrete Company Co. Ltd. The result of this research stated that the deepsea water source in the offshore of Karangasem produces mineral-rich water that can be processed into healthy drinking water. The representation of Kyowa Concrete Company Co. Ltd had proposed a plan to develop this deepsea water source with a full concern to the preservation of the nautical environment.

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