Indonesia - Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy

"Cultural Landscape of Bali: The Subak System as a manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy forms acultural landscape of five rice terraces and their water temples that cover 19,500 hectares. The temples are the focus of a cooperative water management system of canals and weirs, known as subak, that dates back to the 9th century. Included in the landscape is the 18th-century Royal Temple of Pura Taman Ayun, the largest and most impressive architectural edifice of its type on the island. The subak reflects the philosophical concept of Tri Hita Karana, which brings together the realms of the spirit, the human world and nature. This philosophy was born of the cultural exchange between Bali and India over the past 2000 years and has shaped the landscape of Bali. The subak system of democratic and egalitarian farming practices has enabled the Balinese to become the most prolific rice growers in the archipelago despite the challenge of supporting a dense population.

- Supreme Water Temple Pura Ulun Danu Batur - Lake Batur - Subak Landscape of Pekerisan Watershed - Subak Landscape of Catur Angga Batukaru - Royal Water Temple Pura Taman Ayun" 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Tabanan
Elegantly sculptured rice terrace of the subak system in Tabanan, West Bali. Nice stamps used. Thanks to Shinta of Indoneisa.

Postcard 2 - Temple at Pakerisan River at Gianyar
Pura Tirta Empul bulit in 10th century at Tampak Siring Village, with holy spring that is believed that can cure illnesses. Thanks to Shinta of Indonesia.

Postcard 3 - Temple Taman Ayun
Bali is an international tourist destination. It is one of the few islands that retained Hinduism as a way of life when the rest of Indonesia was dominated by Islam as the main religion. I visited Bali and found it to be an island with beaches and volcanoes and templew with a harmonious unique society with strong culture, music, dance and religion. Thanks to Grete of UK for this great postcard. It was my first postcard of many to come from Grete who travels the world with her husband. Thanks to Grete and David of UK.

Postcard 4 - Lake Batur

Postcard 5 - Pura Ulun Danu
Pura Ulun Danu, Bratan - famous temple dedicated to the Goddess of Lake Bratan. Thanks to Shinta of Indonesia.

Postcard 6 - Pura Ulun Danu Temple 

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