Temple and History
Bali is known as the island with thousand temple, and this is correct as almost at every place one can see temples. In general temples can be grouped as temple built by the king, by the village, and by families. Temples built by the king are those during ancient Bali kingdom from 10th to 1343 AD, and during 17th until 19th century. Biggest number of temples must have been built starting 17th century which can be said a group of temples for nature preservation, and kingdom status. Nature preservations are many such as wild monkeys preservation such as Kedaton, Sangeh, Ubud, and Pulaki. Ancient artefact preservation such as heritages of stone sculptures, royal park, and remnant of ancient art such as Guwa Gajah, Panulisan, Sibi Agung, Gaduh temple, and others. While kingdom status is a status claim that smaller kingdoms which was 9 in principle built at least 3 temples so as having the same status as Bali main kingdom of Klungkung. These temples are sea temple, temple at the palace called Jagat Natha, and temple on the peak of mountain. Having these 3 temple the vassal king claimed that ther satus is independent from main Bali kingdom.
At the level of village called desa, also built 3 temple as the status symbole of their independency called swatantra. These are the temple of Puseh, Desa temple an Dalem temple. Independent status of the desa has been acknowledged by the king since 10th century as mentioned by some king charters.
Among various tour packages and tour options in Bali there are some tours which can be said always on the publications and interest a large part of travellers to Bali. Kintamani mountain tour sits at the first number as the most popular sightseeing tour, second is Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot tour, third is Uluwatu temple tour.