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Alas Kedaton, Bali, Indonesia

By on September 1, 2015 in Indonesia

Alas Kedaton – My advice is that it is best to avoid this temple. It was a major disappointment, and in my opinion a definite tourist trap.

The entry fee to was around 25000 Indonesian Rupiah (£1.30 GBP; $1.80 US) and sadly I didn’t even think it was worth that much.

For a start the place was full of monkeys, specifically Long Tailed Macaques (also called Crab-eating Macaques) – Macaca fascicularis, and the place stunk of monkey urine. As I arrived I was assigned guide with stick whose principal job seemed to keep monkeys off the visitors, and to make sure that no tourist left without visiting the nearby shops.

Ironically you can buy monkey food (no wonder the monkeys are over friendly) at the temple, and this just seems to make the situation worse as it encourages the monkeys to climb on the visitors. Another problem is that the monkeys will try to steal people’s glasses and I was advised to remove mine. This meant I couldn’t really see anything of the temple due to my blurred vision.

The inner temple complex looked quiet and peaceful, however, there was the ever danger presence of monkeys lurking nearby…

The stone carvings at Alas Kedaton were stunning, and a little worn due, I guess, to the monkeys climbing all over them.

From a religious point of view the temple almost seem to be abandoned. I could see no sign of worship having been carried out there for some time.

At the entrance to the temple complex there is a rather terrifying monkey sculpture…

And as you exit the temple area there is a large complex of shops which your guide will endeavour to take you to even if you don’t want to go…

At Alas Kedaton there are a lot of monkeys. I personally like monkeys as I find them interesting, engaging, and quite cute. If, like me, you like taking photographs of monkeys then the temple is an ideal place to visit as they are so friendly and used to humans it is very easy to get close for a decent shot. However, just watch out for that monkey behind you as it is likely to try and jump on your backpack in search of food.

During my time at Alas Kedaton I got some great shots of monkeys and some of them can be seen below…

it’s fascinating that the newly born monkeys are the darkest black… I guess this would help hide amongst the shade of leaves in the trees?

Intention monkeys give to each other grooming is fascinating…

The human quality of the monkeys eyes is engaging…

I often look at monkeys wonder what they’re thinking…

Even if the monkeys are engaging, they are a nuisance of the temple, and the scary sculpture at the start doesn’t help…

At Alas Kedaton you can also have your photo taken, for 20,000 Indonesian Rupiah (£1 GBP; $1.50 USD), with Fruit bats (Family Pteropodidae), which to me just seems wrong…. fantastic looking creatures. Love the wings!

A bat cocooned in its own wings looks particularly peaceful…

Overall I was not that impressed with the Alas Kedaton temple. Yes, it was interesting to visit, it was fun seeing the monkeys and the fruit bats, but the place was just a tourist trap. My advice would be to avoid this particular temple particularly if your time in Bali is short.

FourSquare: Alas Kedaton

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