About Pejeng

Along with the state of Republic of Indonesia is getting older, the invention of its historical and cultural heritages has also been increasing. There are lots of historical sites which already been promoted as the world cultural heritages. The world, certainly, has already become familiar with the Indonesian cultural sites such as the Prambanan village which is located in the Java island, where some Hindus temples established, as well as the Muntilan site where the amazing Borobudur, the greatest Buddhist temple in the world, sited. Indonesia inherits both of the temples from the Ancient Mataram empire.

In Nusantara Indonesia, there are many other historical and cultural sites which spread in its regions, besides the two of famous sites those are mentioned. Pejeng village is one of the sites, located in Gianyar, Bali island. The village probably not yet as popular as other regions in Bali, ironically, this is one of the most important sites, in the era of ancient Bali. As like as Prambanan village and Muntilan sub-district, Pejeng has also lots of historical and cultural heritages such as the Kebo Edan temple, Arjuna Metapa statue, and Pusering Jagat temple, one of the Sad Kahyangan temples, and also the Penataran Sasih temple, an oldest temple in Bali. In addition to those heritages, a museum had been established that is named Archaelogy and the Gedong Arca.

The more we explore is the more we can find for other historical sites in Bali. According to the archeological researches of Bali, it is assumed that there are lots of ancient sites like temples and cavities those built right at the banks of Pakerisan River. Pengukur-Ukuran temple and the Goa Garba, and the Kerobokan carved temple, for instance. Both are located right at the banks of Pakerisan River. Since the historical and cultural richness of Pejeng has not been much discussed, otherwise it is sited close to Parikesan River, then there is a probability that it has not been much yet explored.

In the temple of Pejeng, we can see the famous “Moon of Pejeng“.
An ancient iron kettledrum / gong that is mentioned in Colin McPhee’s seminal book
“A House In Bali”, written in the 1930’s before Bali really opened up to mass tourism.
McPhee had lived not far from Ubud, and had explored the area thoroughly
The Moon of Pejeng is housed in a low tower.
The legend says, it fell from the sky.
Once upon a time, there were actually 12 moons, and this one fell to Earth.
It’s very ancient, and has been ancient for as long as anyone can remember, and is hardly ever played today.
It’s quite huge – the largest kettledrum in existence. It´s a flat iron gong with a huge iron bell-like sound chamber behind it, and it sounds awesome.

Jalan Br. Umah Anyar, Pejeng Kaja
Tampak Siring, Ubud Bali Gianyar 80552
Phone: +62 361 8987903


The Manipura Estate Distances to Nearby Points of Interest

Some distances from The Manipura Estate for your reference:

  • 5 km to Ubud Market
  • 7 km to Ubud Monkey Forest
  • 10 km to Ceking Tegallalang (famous rice terraces
  • 25 km to Bali Beach Golf Course (Sanur)
  • 25 km to Sanur Beach (nearest beach)
  • 40 km to Jimbaran Bay
  • 30 km to Seminyak
  • 45 km to Airport
  • 40 km to Mt. Batur (climb for sunrise)
  • 75 km to Tulamben (famous ship wreck diving)