Activities within Seminyak Area
Seminyak has become the second most preferred place for art lovers, after Ubud, and is home to a number of unique galleries that are worth a daytime visit. Located on the main roads of Jalan Raya Seminyak and Jalan Laksmana (otherwise known as Jalan Oberoi or by its nickname, Eat Street), you can find notable galleries showcasing contemporary and classic styles of painting, drawing, sculpture, art, photography and installation, all-embracing themes such as social issues, sensuality, beauty and the Balinese landscape.
Here you will find works from well-known Bali- and Java-based artists such as Wianta, Chusin Setiadikara (the Indonesian master of realism), Ugo Untoro and many more. For your outdoor viewing pleasure, Seminyak also has a beautiful, clean and quiet beach and a famous temple in Petitenget.
Biasa Art Space
Going on its name, Biasa Art Space should be ordinary. However, it really can’t be defined as such. This art space has been at the front line in promoting the young and talented Javanese and Balinese artists of the contemporary genre since 2005, and aims to be the nucleus where the creative, conceptual and avant-garde can be nurtured and supported. Biasa Art Space usually exhibits artwork of progressive and previously unexposed artists.
Pura Petitenget Temple
Although Pura Petitenget (found at the T-junction on Jalan Petitenget) is not as big and as popular as Bali’s other major temples of Pura Besakih, Pura Uluwatu and Pura Ulun Danu, it is famous for its legend. This temple is believed by Hindus to be one of nine pillars known as ‘Kayangan Jagat’, temples of nine wind eyes built in the 11th Century by Empu Kuturan (a Javanese Sage) who came to Bali bringing religious law and the formation of traditional villages.
The nine eyes are also believed to protect the island from southward threats through their intricate positioning. Another story relates that Pura Petitenget is known as the Temple of the Secret Box – a name inherited when a holy man from Java arrived in Bali intending to teach the Balinese community about good manners. He brought a box and accidentally left it behind when he returned to Java. The Balinese people, in fearfulness of the holy man, dared neither to touch nor open it, and so decided to build a temple around it. It’s your choice to either believe it or not, but be sure to stop by this temple on special occasions and holy days: you’ll witness a spectacular ceremony here.