Bali is a province in Indonesia which already known worldwide. The island of Bali is also known as the Island of the Gods because of its beauty and rich culture.
There is always a reason to return to Bali, perhaps because of that, every day many tourists both foreign and domestic come to visit Bali.
If you visit Bali often, you know that there are many wonderful things in Bali, right? These 10 amazing facts about Bali will add your reason to visit Bali again and again.
1. The Bali Subak System is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Subak is a traditional rice field management organization in Bali that combines the harmonization of the relationship between God, humans and nature. You can see this subak system in rice fields in Bali with the characteristics of terraced rice fields.
In fact, this subak rice field system has been designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The Subak system is considered to be an important legacy for the survival of mankind in terms of agricultural technology and food supply.
2. Island With The Largest Dog Population In Indonesia
If you travel to Bali, you must be very familiar with the many dogs roaming freely. This is because almost every house in Bali has a dog to serve as a guard dog. Naturally, Bali is nicknamed the island with the largest dog population in Indonesia.
3. Listed as Top 10 Best Islands in the World
Travel + Leisure Magazine has released the top 10 ranks of the best islands in the world and one of them is Bali. Even though it is in a distended position, the recognition from this prestigious traveler magazine is certainly a good image of Indonesian tourism in the eyes of the world.
4. Last Habitat of Bali Starling is in West Bali National Park
Bali starling is an endemic animal of Indonesia which number is decreasing and has been categorized as an endangered animal. This bird has a special characteristic white feathers except for the tip of the tail and wings are black, and the cheeks are bright blue and the legs are gray. Very unique, right? Unfortunately, the West Bali National Park is the last habitat for the Bali starling that must be protected to avoid extinction.
5. Stargazing and the fact of saving electricity during Nyepi Day
Nyepi time is precisely the right time to be able to do stargazing activities because there is no artificial light blocking the starlight. There are interesting facts about Nyepi celebrations. One of them is that during the Nyepi celebration there has been an energy saving of 60 percent. On this basis, the celebration of Nyepi in Bali become an inspiration for World Silent Day which is celebrated every 21st of March.
6. An Island with A Thousand Traditional Festival
With so many religious ceremonies and traditional rituals in Bali, it is no wonder that Bali is called an island with a thousand traditional festivals. Some of the highlights include the Omed-omedan mass kissing festival, mass trance at the Pengerebongan ritual event, and the war using prickly pandanus in Tenganan Village. There is also a kite festival which is the biggest kite festival in Indonesia.
7. Australian Tourists visit Bali The Most
Perhaps because of the proximity, tourists from Australia are recorded as the most foreign tourists visiting Bali. Data from the Local Central Statistics Agency (BPS) states that throughout 2017, 1,117,933 Australian tourists vacationed in Bali.
The second and third positions are occupied by foreign tourists from China and Japan. The end of the year is always a favorite time for tourists from abroad to spend time in Bali. Bali contributes almost half (40.5%) of all foreign tourists visiting Indonesia. In fact, it is not uncommon for foreign people to know Bali better than Indonesia itself.
8. Favorite Destinations for Digital Nomad are Canggu and Ubud
Have you ever heard of the term digital nomad? A digital nomad is someone who works from where he lives, aka don’t need to work. Its work is not limited to having to be in a certain place and usually just rely on an internet connection.
Digital nomads take advantage of this to move around, one of their favorite destinations in Indonesia is Bali. Ubud and Canggu are two areas where digital nomads often gather in coworking spaces that are starting to sprout in Bali. Very unique, right?
9. The Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue in Bali is the Tallest Statue in Indonesia, and is the Second Tallest Statue in the World
The Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) statue is located on the hill of Ungasan, South Kuta, Badung Regency, the work of the famous sculptor Nyoman Nuarta and was inaugurated by President Joko Widodo in September 2018.
This statue is the second tallest statue in the world to beat the Statue of Liberty, and also the tallest statue in Indonesia. The construction of this statue took 28 years.
10. Penglipuran Village in Bali Achieves the Predicate of the Cleanest Village in the World
You can find a calm and beautiful atmosphere in Penglipuran village. The village with an area of 112 hectares consists of 12 hectares of residential area, 49 hectares of fields and 37 hectares of bamboo forest area. This village is one of the most beautiful villages in Indonesia, and has received the title of being the cleanest village in the world.