Kecak Dance is one of the most anticipated attractions for tourists visiting Bali. Kecak dance is a tradition of rejecting bad luck in which the Ramayana story is inserted. In this dance, dozens of male dancers will go shirtless and wear Balinese cloth with chessboard motifs, then sit in rows in a circular pattern. The number of kecak dancers consisting of men ranges from 50-150 people. After that, they will call out “cak, cak, cak” while raising both arms. Kecak Dance attractions in Bali can be seen in a number of places. Here are 6 places to watch Kecak Dance that you can visit.
1. Uluwatu Temple
One of the most popular Kecak Dance viewing spots is at Pura Luhur Uluwatu in Badung Regency, Bali. Here, visitors can watch the Kecak dance while enjoying the stunning sunset panorama from the cliff. To watch Kecak Dance in Uluwatu, visitors need to buy an entrance ticket to Uluwatu temple for IDR 50,000 for adults and IDR 30,000 for children aged 4-9 years. Meanwhile, the ticket to watch the Kecak Dance attraction is IDR 150,000 per person.
2. Tanah Lot Temple
The beautiful panorama of the sunset and the Kecak Dance attraction can also be witnessed at Tanah Lot Temple, located in Tabanan Regency, Bali. Kecak Dance at Tanah Lot Temple is usually held every day around 6.30pm. The additional fee to watch the kecak attraction is IDR 50,000 per person and is free of charge for child spectators. Tanah Lot Temple itself is one of the most popular destinations in Bali because of its uniqueness. This temple is located on a coral reef. Around the temple there are some tame snakes that are believed to be holy creatures and are considered as divine properties or guardians of the temple from bad influences.
3. Garuda Wisnu Kencana
Visiting Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) in Badung Regency should not be missed while on vacation in Bali. The iconic GWK statue towering 121 meters high is also beautiful from a distance if you come by airplane. GWK can also be an option to watch Kecak Dance. Usually, the Kecak Dance is held at the GWK Amphitheater. It costs around Rp 80,000 per adults and Rp 60,000 per child.
4. Taman Saraswati Temple
Taman Saraswati Temple is one of the places to see Kecak Dance in Bali located in Ubud, Gianyar Regency. Tourists can watch the stunning Kecak Dance attraction with a beautiful lotus pond around it. Taman Saraswati Temple was built to honor Dewi Saraswati or a figure believed by Hindus to be the goddess of science and art.
5. Dalem Taman Kaja Temple
Another place to watch Kecak Dance in Bali is at Pura Dalem Taman Kaja, which is also located in Ubud, Gianyar Regency. The Kecak dance is performed on certain days, but usually on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 06.00pm, with ticket price around IDR 100,000.
6. Batubulan Temple
Another location to watch Kecak Dance in Bali is at Batubulan Temple, Gianyar Regency. This temple is also known as the center of batik handicrafts and stone sculptures. Visitors who want to watch the Kecak Dance are charged Rp 60,000 per person for adults and Rp 30,000 for children.