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Five historical facts about Bali that might surprise you

The island of Bali is home to an overwhelming wealth of culture, developed over centuries of turbulent and fascinating history. Bali’s sophisticated civilization is possible due only to its notable past, full of significant happenings and traditions. Bali has experienced a host of momentous events: Javanese migration, Dutch colonization, Japanese occupation, a tourism boom, terrorist attacks; all contribute to a history that will fascinate anyone who wishes to learn about it. Alongside these momentous events, there are a number of facts that allude to Bali’s rich history. The Jakarta Post Travel compiles five of them below. Besakih temple escaped the eruption of Mount Agung Bali experienced a major natural disaster in 1963 when the biggest volcano on the island, Mount Agung, erupted. Buildings and structures for kilometers around fell victim to the lava and volcanic ash. The eruption killed at least 1,500 people and destroyed 62,000 hectares of land. Besakih temple, the largest and most important temple in Bali, is situated only 6.5 kilometers from Mount Agung. However, for some reason – locals like to consider it divine intervention – the temple managed to avoid major damage. Bali had a tiger In taxonomical classification, there are nice subspecies of tiger, and the Balinese tiger is one of them (Panthera tigris balica). Sadly, this subspecies is now extinct, along with two other subspecies – the Javan and Caspian tigers. According to the tigerhomes.org website, the animal went extinct due to hunting and habitat loss. The last credible report of the species’ existence dates from Sept. 27, 1937, when an adult tigress was killed on a hunt. Undocumented reports of sightings continued until the 1950s, but with decreasing frequency. Given the current state of the Balinese forest, which does not support the ecosystem necessary for the survival of a tiger, it is almost certain that the subspecies is extinct. Balinese Hindus came from Java It is widely believed in Bali that Hinduism on the island grew significantly and suddenly during the exodus of refugees from the Hindu Majapahit kingdom on Java following invasion by Islamic kingdoms. However, the development of early Hinduism in Bali actually occurred over a number of centuries, according to Robert Pringle’s A Short History of Bali. Nevertheless, Bali did have a strong connection with the Majapahit kingdom, with Bali enjoying its golden age under Majapahit rule. Furthermore, colonial-era Dutch records mention that the Balinese planned and eventually carried out at least three armed expeditions to Java to recapture their old capital, believed to be the sacred site from where their ancestors had ruled. Going topless was the norm Going topless was common among Balinese people until the late 1950s; it was an accepted norm for both genders. Images of this tradition can be seen in plenty of Bali-inspired art and paintings at museums in Bali, created even by today’s artists. George Krause was among the first artists to focus on Balinese feminine allure through his 1920 works, including a series of photographs accompanied by essays on the island’s culture. His work added to the exoticism of the already beautiful island, ushering in the dawn of its tourism boom. The first tourist in Bali was Dutch This historical fact must be understood within a strict definition of the word “tourist”. The first record of hospitality can be traced to Mads Lange, a Danish man who stayed in Kuta in 1839. He received plenty of visitors, ranging from officials to scholars, including scientist Alfred Russel Wallace, who was among the first to conceive the theory of evolution. But according to Pringle, it is Henri Hubert van Kol, a Dutch man, who is worthy of the title of “first tourist in Bali”. His visit to the island in 1902 would today be in the “luxury” category; he was welcomed by the king of Karangasem, Gusti Gede Jelantik, and lodged in splendidly furnished quarters.
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The story about the eruption is fascinating!
Interesting fact !
@traveller you mean jakpost.travel? I work there, yes :)
I really enjoyed the post - thanks for sharing! Do you run the jackpots.travel blog?
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If you're going to travel abroad someday, I hope you can challenge yourself if things are making you intrigued while you stay in Vietnam Hello.  "Travel is a glimpse into the lives of local people." My name is San Lee South Korea who has been traveling overseas for 10 years in 24 years life. The reason why I write after each trip at this point maybe because of the influence of those traveling books I read in my childhood, or because of my love of text more than video. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments. I'll answer with the right information as soon as possible.  Thank you for reading.
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10 best new hotels of 2014
Over the last 12 months, many incredible hotels have opened around the world and HotelsCombined recently shared its favorites based on factors such as location, uniqueness of amenities and quality of service. The end result is a phenomenal group of castles, beach retreats and architectural wonders; including one in Bali. The Castle Hotel, Dalian, China Perched atop Lianhua Mountain and overlooking the Yellow Sea, this imposing chateau conveniently provides 292 guest rooms, a spa, fitness center, indoor pool, several restaurants and a “royal cellar” with a micro-brewery. For those really looking to splash out, the 6,674 square foot Presidential Suite has a marble entrance, a dining room for 10, a full-service pantry and a waterfront balcony. Shangri-La at the Shard, London Opened in May, this first UK property of Shangri-La is housed within the 34th to 52nd floors of London’s iconic Shard skyscraper - the tallest building in Europe - and thus offers spectacular city views. Other highlights include a champagne bar, an infinity sky pool on the 52nd floor and an enviable location in the heart of the London Bridge Quarter. citizenM Times Square, New York City Trendy and colorful, this US debut of the citizenM hotel chain is perfectly situated within walking distance of many famous New York sites, including the Rockefeller Centre, the theater district and Central Park. Other perks include the rooftop bar and free in-room screening of the latest movies. With starting price at US$199 per night, it is also a real bargain for Midtown Manhattan. Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Islands Located on Santa Cruz Island, in the center of the Galapagos archipelago, Pikaia Lodge is an eco-friendly retreat set on top of an extinct volcano crater. Close to a number of major wildlife sites and pristine beaches, the property offers a range of guided excursions and its own private Tortoise Reserve, with facilities including a spa and an infinity pool. Cromlix House, Scotland Owned by tennis superstar Andy Murray, this elegant Victorian mansion provides a peaceful countryside escape. Evoking the grand estates of yesteryear, the manor is furnished in Scottish antiques and onsite activities in the sprawling grounds include tennis (naturally), clay pigeon shooting, fishing, falconry and archery. Sofitel So Singapore Housed in a heritage building near Raffles Place, the Sofitel So’s décor - which includes elements designed by Karl Lagerfield himself – features a 19th century French style with a contemporary twist. Special touches here include in-room iPad minis, a gold-tiled rooftop infinity pool and complimentary mini bar drinks. Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman Nestled within the Al Hajar mountain range, this serene retreat is surrounded by a stunning natural landscape teeming with caves, valleys, flowers, fruit trees and heritage sites (including the UNESCO-protected Bahla Fort). Guests can take a dip in the heated outdoor infinity pool overlooking the breathtaking gorge below or, for those who prefer, the villas have private terraces with plunge pools. Ace Hotel, Los Angeles This funky new LA abode plays an important part in the city’s cultural legend – housed within the historic United Artists building, the tower was once a movie studio and theater hub for independent artists. Today, it’s a stylishly renovated getaway where an in-room extra perk might include an acoustic guitar. Yemaya Island Hideaway, Nicaragua A tropical getaway, Yemaya offers up to 16 eco-friendly cabanas. Visitors to this retreat on Little Corn Island are encouraged to laze about in a hammock, enjoy a relaxing yoga session, sip on a cocktail at the beachside bar, partake in a variety of water sports, tuck into an organic meal at the onsite restaurant, or simply enjoy indulgent spa treatment. The Sarasvati Luxury Collection Resort, Bali Located in the exotic Seminyak and vibrant Legian areas, this resort offers guests direct access to the beach and upscale retail shops. The sunsets are gorgeous and there are activities for everybody; try a round of golf, mountain biking, go skydiving or relax with some fishing. For first-time visitors, the sacred Sangeh Monkey Forest and the famous scenic drive to Lake Bratan are great options. - See more at: http://www.jakpost.travel/news/10-best-new-hotels-of-2014-Wcd9aZUTOg1VFnhp.html#sthash.l9pepRf9.dpuf
How To Make Mee Goreng Mamak (印度炒面), Fried Noodles with Indo-Malayan Flair
I love Indonesian food. Based on their history and interactions with the rest of Asia, the cuisine has subtle nods to Chinese, Thai, and Indian dishes, but with their own special (and usually nice and spicy) twist. Mee goreng is perhaps my favorite of the Indo-Malayan dishes. From the picture, it looks like a standard chow mein-esque stir fry, but the flavor involved is absolutely incredible and definitely sets it apart from its 'noodle cousins'. (Especially when you top it with fried onion pieces and just the right amount of sesame oil.) Mee goreng is such a popular dish that you can buy instant packages of it all over Asia. In fact, I have some friends who lived in Western Africa that enjoyed instant mee goreng as a steady staple through the week. (You can buy instant mee goreng at a majority of Asian supermarkets in America, but try this recipe for the real deal and super authentic stuff!) ------------------------------------------------------ Mee Goreng Mamak (Fried Noodles) 500 grams of yellow noodles Handfuls of beansprouts depend on liking 2 small tomatoes, quartered 2 small onions, chopped Handful of chicken breast meat, thinly sliced, or minced beef 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 potato, boiled and cut into cubes 1 small size dry bean curd, cut into small pieces 3 tablespoons of cooking oil (I usually use soybean.) 1 tablespoons of minced green onion and garlic 2 fish cakes, sliced (optional) Handful of shrimp, de-shelled and de-veined, optional 1 green chili or Thai chili or red cut chili, optional 3 tablespoons of ketchup 3 tablespoons of chili sauce or chili paste 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce 1 teaspoon of garam masala/curry/turmeric powder, optional (but highly recommended!) For garnishing (optional): Some cucumber slices Some fresh coriander leaves or green onion Some lime or Calamansi lime (cut into half) Some deep fried shallots Some grounded peanut + sugar mixture Sesame oil 1. Assemble all the ingredients that need to chopped or sliced. In a big frying pan, sauté the onion and minced garlic until fragrant. Add in turmeric or Garam Masala (if preferred). Add the chicken breast/minced beef, stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the dry bean curd, fish cakes and potato cubes. 2. Add in the yellow noodles and stir fry until well mixed. If the yellow noodles is too dry, add about 1/4 cup of water. Add the tomatoes, prawns, tomato ketchup, chili sauce or paste, freshly cut green/red chili (if any). Stir fry until well combined (about 2-3 minutes). 3. Add in the beaten egg, sugar and salt to taste, followed by the beans sprout. Stir fry until the beaten eggs dries up. Off the heat and transfer to the serving plate. Top with sesame oil to taste.
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