The Kecak Dance is set in a breathtaking environment. The amphitheater overlooks the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, the gorgeous sunset, and the striking silhouette of Uluwatu Temple on the edge of a cliff. As the sun dips into the horizon, the dancers begin their trance-like chanting, which leaves almost every person in the packed arena mesmerized.
The Kecak Dance is also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant. It consists of a male choir singing the story (they move to the beat of their “cak” chants) and the main characters of the story. The music drama depicts a battle story from the Sanskrit epic poem Ramayana. The story may seem a bit convoluted, but it is basically about a prince on a journey to find and vanquish the demon who abducted his wife. Together with his brother, they overcome various obstacles to accomplish this feat.
The Uluwatu Temple (a.k.a. Pura Luhur) is one of Bali’s nine key directional temples. It is perched on a cliff approximately 70 meters high. From the amphitheater, it is truly a sight to behold. A large part of the complex is covered by a thriving forest wherein numerous monkeys reside. At the entrance, visitors are instructed to tuck in loose clothing, hold on tightly to belongings, and hide sunglasses/eyeglasses, food, earrings, etc. because apparently, the monkeys very adept thieves.
Map & Details
Location: Pecatu Village, Badung, Kuta, Bali, IDN
Opening hours: 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Kecak performance: 6:00 P.M.
- Adult – 15.000 IDR
- Child – 7.500 IDR
Parking fee: 2.000 IDR
Remember to dress respectfully if you are thinking about visiting any temple or holy place in Bali. Temple visitors are required to wear a sarong that covers the lower body with a sash tied around the waist. Women on their period are prohibited entry to any temple or sacred site.
The panoramas were taken by my companion Abigail Mier.