If you aren’t into amazing statues and stone carvings and ancient Hindu architecture and old Balinese culture, then this article is probably not for you. That is because I am a little obsessed with all of that, as you will see in a minute.
When it comes to Bali, I have two favorite aspects. The first favorite is the scuba diving in Bali, and the second if the insane and scary and giant and detailed statues all over the island. They are only in Bali, and none of the other part of Indonesia, making t even more rare.
Statue hunting in Bali is so fun, that I even included it near the top of the list, in 101 Awesome Things to do in Bali, and you are about to see why, with just a few photos of the many you could see in Bali.
This first statue, I had to list first because it is my favorite statue in the whole world, not jsut in Bali. I am in awe every time I see it. The photos below do not do it justice AT ALL.
The photos also do not show how huge this thing is, making it even more awesome. Just the carriage is probably the size of a car. It is located near the airport in Depensar, and I found out finally that locals refer to it as the Ghatotkacha statue.
I really wish I could convey how much more awesome and even a little scary it is in person.
The rest of the statues below I have no idea what they are called, but you will start to see a pattern of ancient Hindu gods and demons and some awesome art.
Did you know that Bali is in the process of building a Vishnu statue, that will be one of the biggest statues in the world? It has been under construction for many years, but when done should be amazing.
Stone statues of this size are everywhere in Bali. In the airport, every restaurant, every hotel, most houses. Its more of an offering alter where marigolds and food is offered to the gods. They are awesome to see.
Small to medium statues like the two above, and many many more, can be seen in the Monkey Forest in Ubud. You are going to see some amazing stone art work there, as well as many other places around Bali.
Ever wonder why most Hindu statues are covered in black and white sarongs? Turns out the black and white checked sarongs symbolize the good (white) and the bad (black) spirits that are believed to be working as one in every individual.
There are so many insane looking statues in Bali, all with a story and dedication to some Hindu god. The culture is amazing, as well as the art skills, and I never get tired of them!
Also read: A 6 Day Solo Itinerary to Bali