BALI Traveller : ~Day 4~ ( The Sacred Temple and The Monkey Forest)
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Thursday, March, 15th 2012
After having a lot of fun at The Mangroves Information Center (MIC) and have a little rest at home, we continue our trip to Sangeh monkey Forest which located at Sangeh countryside, Badung Regency, north part of Denpasar town.
The entry fee is IDR 35000 for domestic visitor. The first thing that really pay my attention is a huge artistic sculpture of the monkey. It looks sacred but as you see in the picture, very pure of art!!! Love it!
What They Do?
In Sangeh Monkey forest, there are hundreds of cute long-tail monkeys live with Nutmeg (Pala trees) around. When I come, I see some monkeys are running around Bukit Sari temple which is located in the forest complex, some are walking beside the guard and visitor, some are playing, and others are looking for the head lice, what a cute creatures they are!^^
This is a picture of an old monkey that is really chubby!
There are so many visitors enjoy playing with the monkeys, include me and my friends. Really enjoy!
Not only play, here, you can also take a photo, and give them foods. Most of them are friendly, even still there are some that a little bit naughty like the one who scratched at me LOL, the story is:
My friend and I want to take some pictures with the monkey. The forest guard who guide us then give some food to the two monkeys and ask them to sit with me and my friend. A big monkey sits on my thigh and the smaller is on my friend’s. When the guard ready to take a photo of us, the big monkey on my thigh jump to the smaller monkey that makes my hand get scratched , but it’s not painful as well.
These monkeys are really so cute, they jump around and make some visitor scream some times hahaha.
The Backward Story
The kind guard told me that “Sangeh Monkey Forest” is a sacred place. For the local people, Sangeh monkey forest is often linked to myths and history. It was said that during the golden years of Mengwi kingdom, Anak Agung Anglurah Made Karang Asem Sakti, the foster son of Cokorda Sakti Blambangan ( the King of Mengwi in 17th century), built a temple in the middle of a nutmeg forest, a holy area of temple for worshiping to the god, which thereafter called Bukit Sari Temple. It is believed that the monkeys were once former soldiers of the King, who are now protecting the forest and its habitat.
That is a very nice story!Thanks for sharing us, Sir!
We walk deeper into the forest and pass many straight long trees which is I guess a Nutmeg tree.
On the way, I also see a very big tree which look so shiny!! It must be a very old tree, can be seen from its big and very long root hahaha.
Lanang Wadon Tree
Leaving the forest, the kind guard please us to visit a big tree called “Lanang Wadon (Lanang=men, wadon=Women)”. It is called Lanang Wadon because inside the wood there is a hole and stick like man and women genitals.
The tree is so unique and I guess you just can find it only at Sangeh, Bali-Indonesia!
After having a lot of fun here, finally we must leave this place. It is so hard to leave because this place brings a distinctive peaceful feeling! Some feeling that you can experience when you go to a historical, a sacred, or important places! Before we leave we take some of our photos for keepsake. The photos is given a great frame with printed words. Tons of thanks for the kindness guards of Sangeh Forest that still keeping the forest and makes unforgetable moment for the visitors!!!!!!