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Budakeling  

by on Saturday, 24 May 2008No Comment | 1,442 views

Situated on a hill between Tirtagangga Water Palace and Bebandem, about 87 km to the east of Denpasar and 7 km away from Amlapura City stands the village of Budakeling overlooking the east coast of Bali with Mount Agung towering majestically in the background. Budakeling is wellknown among Balinese for its high priests especially from the Buda sect. but for the visitors Budakeling is a village of farmers, artists and craftsmen – from dancers and painters, to stone sculptors and engravers of Sanskrit lontar manuscripts.

Budakeling is one of few Balinese old villages; the establishment of this village can be traced back to the 15th century during the reign of King Waturenggong in Bali. The king wanted to held a grand ceremony, and one of the requirements of the ceremony is that a high priest of Buda sect have to officiate the ceremony along with the high priest of Siwa sect; so Danghyang Astapaka, a high priest of Buda sect which also brother of royal priest Danghyang Nirartha was summoned form East Java to officiate the ceremony. After the ceremony was over, the King offered a piece of land to Danghyang Astapaka as a reward. Danghyang Astapaka saw an illuminating ray came from a piece of land in the northeast, so he requested that piece of land as a reward. The king fulfilled his request, and Danghyang Astapaka established the village of Budakeling on that land.

As a matter of fact Budakeling not just has history, culture, art and craft to be proud of, the stunning views of the back alley of Budakeling are world class panoramas to behold. The rows of rice fields which surrounded by a line hills on the south and west side with Mount Agung stands on the north side creates a picturesque panorama that worth an early morning trekking tour.

Morning trekking in Budakeling is an activity worth every breath you take along the road. The misty village hamlets, cool bamboo forest and fresh green lush hills are the view you can enjoy before reaching the spot where you can see the sun rising from the back of Lempuyang hill, and the first sunlight falls on the rows of green rice fields. If you still have some stamina left, you can climb Puncak Sari hill and get the bird-eye view of Budakeling from the to top of the hill.

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