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Indonesian Coffee Festival

The Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry will hold Indonesian Coffee Festival

Jakarta, 28 August 2012 - The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy along with Gianyar-Bali local Government, Ubud Kingdom, Special Coffee Association Indonesia, Coffee Community and Coffee Blogger will be holding The Indonesian Coffee Festival (ICF) in Ubud Bali at 15-16 September 2012.

The second ICF this year were meant to make Indonesia as the leader of the world's coffee industry and making coffee agrotourism as one of Indonesia's new potential tourism destination, also developing the creative economy sector from the coffee culinary as a lifestyle.

"Through the Indonesian Coffee Festival, our potentially leading coffee products will be more widely known by the society and hopefully this festival will bring mutual benefit between the upstream and downstream community of coffee farmers, traders, sellers, exportirs, and coffee lovers domestically and internationally" says Vice Minister of Indonesia's Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Dr. Sapta Nirwandar at the ICF press conference at Sapta Pesona building the Ministry office, Tuesday (28/8).

Sapta Nirwandar also said that Indonesia as one of the biggest coffee country in the world is well known for its coffee flavour and aroma and also the uniqueness in serving coffee. "This uniqueness is Indonesia's potential in the eye of the world, Because of this, we need to promote and enhance our Indonesian coffee brand such as 'Kopi Luwak' and 'Kopi Tubruk' to be more popular in the community".

ICF's data shows that there are 100 billion cups of coffee or 165.9 tons of coffee beans were brewed every day all around the world. Meanwhile Indonesia demands aproximately 121.107 tons of coffee per-year. These demands were fulfilled from Indonesia's coffee farmers that are spreaded all around the archipelago.

ICF recorded that Indonesia has 1.3 million hectares of coffee plantation at Aceh, Sumatera, Lampung, West Java, Center Java, Bali, NTT, Sulawesi and Papua. Most of this region have developed a coffee agrotourism destination that are widely interest domestic and international tourists.

ICF 2012 in Ubud-Bali will introduce Indonesia's finest coffee beans from Aceh, Flores, Java, Lampung, Bali, Luwak, Toraja, and Papua which each of them has their own uniqueness and different flavour. This uniqueness will be a culinary point of interest for people.

Bali Deep 2012

Bali Deep 2012 - "Rebirth"

Over a year has passed since that day in March 2011. The day a disaster of unprecedented magnitude struck Japan. With unmatched resolve, the people in the areas affected are gradually rebuilding their lives.

In the midst of such a crisis, adequate support and assistance wanting, their tenacity is striking.

The dignified strength of the Japanese spirit is keenly felt. The "Prayer" received from people around the world immediately following the disaster helped us immeasurably in our regeneration. Bali Deep 2012 takes these well wishes and sends them back to the world and forth to the future.

Bali Deep 2011

Bali Deep 2011 - "Silence your mind and listen to your heart."

Time and space continues to change and the whirl of information grows bigger as it draws us in.Our perception are always leveled through our environment and information, and are symbolizedas communication tools. Globalization became convenient and fast by standardizing our senses in this system of the city. Will there ever be a moment where we will stop thinking, if we continue to parasite in this city?

Originally, perception meant "seeing" and "listening", and to recognize what something is. Seeing "red" is a sense. Seeing "a red apple" is a perception. Seeing a red color is a primitive sense. After seeing a red apple, if one feels "it looks good" or "it looks sour", it will only come because of our personal perception. Perception can change depending on the individual, but sense is something we all have.

If we see a crimson twilight sky that we rarely see in Tokyo and we feel "beautiful", isn't it a primitive sense that we all humans possess? That moment, you can feel yourself freed from "thinking" and only "feeling".

We think that it is time to lose that border you have had with your perception, and just "feel". We hope to recall your primitive senses by making you realize your five senses. We aim to express the primitive senses that we all humans possess, no matter of boundaries, reces, cultures, or religions, through "Bali Deep".

Opening party
26 November 2011
The Royal Pita Maha

27 November 2011 - 3 January 2012
Museum Puri Lukisan Ubud - Bali

For more information and reservation to join the opening party please contact:

Book it to enhance your holiday. Special price available at only Rp. 235.000 net/pax
- Attending the opening party (laser show, dinner and Balinese dance performance)
- One time visit to the Bali Deep Exhibition at Musuem Puri Lukisan (voucher/coupon will be provided)
- 30% discount for any treatment at Royal Kirana Spa & Wellness (voucher/coupon will be provided)

Collaborate in this Bali Deep 2011 exhibition are:

Japanese Artist
Koji Ikuta /Visual Artist
Kyoko Kakehashi / Visual Artist
ZIGEN /Photographer
Toshihisa Mafune /Sound Producer
Tadayoshi Hashimoto /Photographer
Nobutaka Motiduki /Graphic
Seibo Nishino /Japanese Painting Artist
Kiyoshi Naruse /Artist
Yusuke Okubo /Media Artist
Wataru Igarashi /Composer/Producer/DJ
Michiyo Abe /Coppersmith

Bali Artist
Tjok Gde Raka Sukawati /Painter/Word Carver
Ariasa I Made
Aris Sarmanta
Arka I Made
Beseg I Gusti Made
Dana I Ketut
Diatmika I Gusti Putu
Diksa I Wayan
Dwiarta I Made
Eka Wahyu Pratam Wayan
Gama I Wayan
India I Made
Lanus I Made
Miarta I Wayan
Murka I Wayan
Muliasta I Ketut
Muryasa I Gusti Nguah
Oka Ariyoni Gusti
Nurbawa I Nyoman
Ocen I Made Ayu
Punia I Made
Rai Diadnyana I Gusti
Reta I Nyoman
Rumantara I Wayan
Saba I Nyoman
Saba I Nyoman
Sana I Nyoman
Sana I Ketut
Seden I Made
Suarbawa Eka PutrNgakan Ketut
Suciari Gusti Ayu
Sudarsana I Dewa Bagus GD.Bagus
Sumertayadnya I Dewa Nyoman
Tembles I Wayan
Wartayasa I Wayan
Wibawa I Gusti Putu

SMA Negeri 1 Ubud - High Scool Students
Kadek Ari Anjasmara
I Made Lanang Adi Nugraha
Fortunia Mendietta Blanco
Depindra Saputra
Made Wisnu Putra
Susi Paumi


Pelebon Ceremony ANAK AGUNG NIANG RAI - (Puri Agung Ubud - August 18th, 2011)

On Thursday, the 18th of August 2011, will be held the Pelebon ceremony of Anak Agung Niang Rai of Puri Agung Ubud. She is the wife of Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati (1910-1978), penglingsir (head of royal family) of Puri Agung Ubud since 1931 until 1978 and widely known as "the King of Ubud".

Anak Agung Niang Rai is also the mother of Tjokorda Gde Putra Sukawati (Tjok Putra), Tjokorda Gde Oka AA Sukawati (Tjok Ace) and Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawati (Tjok De). She also has five grandsons from these three sons.

Anak Agung Niang Rai was born in Bungbungan village, a village located in Klungkung regency of Bali around 1930. She married Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati of Puri Agung Ubud in January 1955.

Anak Agung Niang Rai then lived in Puri Agung Ubud and always accompanied her husband in serving the community. Tjokorda Agung was one of the most important figures in the history of Ubud. During his throne at Puri Agung Ubud, he pioneered the development of Ubud and it has made Ubud eventually became widely known as one of the art-cultural centers and a leading tourist area in Bali.

Anak Agung Niang Rai passed away at her age of 80s on Saturday the 14th of May 2011 (based on the Balinese calendar, the days was Saniscara Paing Wuku Ukir) at 8:15am. Her body then being lied down at Puri Agung Ubud. The Pelebon ceremony will be held on Thursday the 18th of August 2011 (Wraspati Pon Wuku Krulut). Thursday the 18th of August 2011 (Wraspati Pon Wuku Krulut).

The Pelebon ceremony or also known as a Ngaben (cremation) ceremony is one of the most famous Hindu-Balinese traditional-religious ceremonies. This ceremony is a form of respect from the families and local communities to Anak Agung Niang Rai.

Even though the ceremony is a cremation for the dead, but the atmosphere is always alive. Besides being a religious ceremony, the Pelebon ceremony also has become one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bali.

Pelebon ceremony is a ceremony to purify and return the elements of Panca Maha Butha (five elements of the universe that form the life) in human body (Bhuana Alit, the micro-cosmos) to the universe (Bhuana Agung, the macro-cosmos). The elements of Panca Maha Butha in the human body are:

- Pertiwi (the earth, solid matters): like the flesh, bones and teeth.
- Apah (the water): like the blood, tears, saliva and mucus.
- Teja (the light): like the aura and the light of eyes.
- Bayu (the air, the wind): like breathe and energy.
- Akasa (the space): the abstract elements (the ether) in human body

Pelebon ceremony is a Hindu-Balinese traditional-religious ceremony which had been held since centuries ago and still survived until now in the midst of changing times. In this ceremony we also can see the togetherness among the Puri Agung Ubud and the community, and among community members.

The body will depart the Puri Agung Ubud at around 12:30 pm. The body will be taken by a Bade (a cremation tower) with nine storeys and it is as high as 25 meters, accompanied by a 7.5 meters-high Lembu (a giant sarcophagus bull) and others Pelebon ceremony paraphernalia into the cremation location at the Dalem Puri Temple in Peliatan which is about 900 meters to the east of Puri Agung Ubud. The procession of this cremation ceremony is expected to finish at around 5 pm.

The Royal Pita Maha Hosts Miss Universe 2008

The Royal Pita Maha Hosts Miss Universe 2008

The Royal Pita Maha had the pleasure to host Miss Universe 2008, the stunning Dayana Mendoza, for a private luncheon at the Terrace Restaurant during her recent visit to Ubud on 24 th August 2008.

Ms. Medoza spent several hours in the company of Mr.Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawati, owner of the resort and highly respected member of the local royal family. Over lunch Ms. Mendoza had the opportunity to relax and appreciate the timeless beauty of the natural landscape in a setting elevated high over the Ayung River valley. Discussions were focused on how the village of Ubud manages to harmoniously combine culture and tourism.

During her visit Ms. Mendoza commented to senior members of The Royal Pita Maha’s managerial team that she felt inspired by the traditional Balinese architecture and nurturing ambience of property.

After lunch Ms. Mendoza and her entourage then travelled to the Ubud Palace to meet with senior members of the royal family. She was officially welcomed by the Prince Tjokorda Gde Putra Sukawati and Head of Gianyar Regency, Tjokorda Gde Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati.

Ms. Mendoza took a guided tour around the palace and was personally escorted by the Prince. She listened with great interest as the Price explained the unique attributes of Ubud and how all visitors are treated to gracious Balinese hospitality.

Updated, August 24th 2008

Museum Puri Lukisan presents Pioneers of Balinese Painting

Museum Puri Lukisan presents Pioneers of Balinese Painting
July 14 – September 12, 2008
Exhibitions open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Puri Lukisan Museum
is celebrating its 50th anniversary. First open to public on January 31, 1956, it is the oldest art museum in Ubud. To mark a half-century of accomplishments, the museum is hosting three important exhibitions during the Summer of 2008, with the grand opening on July 14 2008.

The Pitamaha Exhibition
Drawing from the core collection of the Puri Lukisan Museum, this exhibition presents an overview of the development of Balinese painting and woodcarving over the past 100 years. It exhibits works of art rooted in the Wayang tradition, through the transition to modernity in the 1930s, and its further development today.

The Ida Bagus Made Exhibition
Featuring paintings from the estate of maestro Ida Bagus Made Poleng, one of the original members of Pitamaha and student of Rudolf Bonnet, this exhibition celebrates the visual artistry of one of the foremost painters of Ubud. In 2000, following the artist’s last wish, the widow of Ida Bagus Made loaned about 100 paintings from the artist’s private collection to the Puri Lukisan Museum. Fifty of these paintings will be presented to the public for the first time. This exhibition is accompanied by a catalog: “Ida Bagus Made – the Art of Devotion” co-authored by Prof. Kaja McGowan ( Cornell University, USA), Prof. Adrian Vickers ( University of Sydney, Australia), Soemantri Widagdo, and Prof. Benedict Anderson (Cornell University, USA).

updated, pitamaharesorts, 2008

Royal Cremation Ceremony Of Tjokorda Istri Putra Asmari

Royal Cremation Ceremony Of Tjokorda Istri Putra Asmari
(Puri Agung Ubud September 7, 2007)

On Monday August 20th 2007, Tjokorda Istri Putra Asmari died in hospital of Denpasar at the age of 76 years, after suffering from a sharp decline in health over the past few months. She leaves behind her younger brother, Tjokorda Gde Agung Suyasa, a half - brother, Tjokorda Raka Kerthyasa, two half sisters, Tjokorda Istri Oka & Tjokorda Istri Rai, two children, Tjokorda Gde Budi Suryawan & Tjokorda Istri Sri Candrawati, their spouse and five grandsons.

Born in 1931, Tjokorda Istri Putra Asmari was oldest child of Tjokorda Gde Ngurah & Tjokorda Istri Muter of Puri Saren Kauh, the western wing of the central Ubud Palace. In the early '50s she married Tjokorda Gde Putu Sudharsana from Puri Saren Kangin, the eastern wing of the palace. So this is the base for all the preparations leading up to the Pelebon (Royal Cremation).

After graduating from high school, Tjok Istri Putra Asmari continued her education by enrolling in a teacher's college in Gianyar. In 1949 she began her long teaching career at the No. 1 Ubud Primary School until her retirement in 1990. Being a working mother became even more necessary when in 1975 she lost her husband. As she wanted her two children to have the opportunity of a tertiary education she continued to work hard for them to be able to graduate, while attending to family & village commitments without the support of a spouse to share the load. With the success of her offspring in their later lives, she knew that all of her struggles at this time in her life were worthwhile.

Upon Tjok. Istri Putra Asmari's death, word was spread amongst the extended family of Puri Ubud. Because of a number of temple ceremonies being held in the Ubud area at the time a decision was made that her body should remain in the ceremonial bedroom at Puri Saren Kangin, where she would be considered to still be "sleeping" until such time as a formal announcement of her death could be made. Once this announcement is made, the extended Puri family becomes sebel (unclean), so that they should attend no other ceremonies until after the cremation ceremony is over.

It was determined from Balinese calendar that an auspicious date for the cremation would fall on 7th September. By 23rd August preparations for the cremation began in earnest with the formal announcement of Tjok Istri Putra Asmari's death. The heads of the various families of Puri Ubud gathered to work out a schedule for all of the intricate preparations that precede the royal cremation. To be able to prepare for a cremation ceremony even on the simple of scale, a huge amount of labor is required. One of the first things that needed to be done was to call together all the heads of the different banjar (local councils) of the Ubud area to discuss a schedule for them assisting in all of the preparations. Five banjar are involved with the preparations of this cremation - Ubud Kelod (Southern Ubud), Ubud Tengah (Central Ubud), Ubud Kaja (Northern Ubud), Sambahan & Taman Kelod (Southern Taman). Each day since then people from the extended Puri family and banjar have come to Puri Saren Kanginto help with the preparations for the royal cremation. While the women have been helping with the preparations of the mountain of offering required for the ceremonies, the men construct the temporary platform needed, as well as cooking some of the food that makes up a part of the offerings.

Another member of the Puri family, also from Puri Saren Kangin, to be cremated with Tjok Istri Putra Asmari is Tjokorda Bagus Sudharsana, the fifth child of the late Tjokorda Gde Oka Sudharsana, older brother of Tjok Putra Sudharsana, Tjok Istri Putra Asmari's husband. Tjok Bagus died in May 2005 at the young age of 45 years, and an effigy of his body will be used in the cremation ceremony.

One of the interesting parts for visitors to Bali to view is the construction of the tall bade (tower) that will be used to transport the body from the Puri to the cremation grounds and the two lembu (bulls) that hold the body of Tjokorda Putra Asmari and the effigy of Tjok Bagus as they are cremated. While the lembu are being built just outside of Ubud & will be brought to Puri close to the date of cremation, the bade is being constructed in the outer courtyard of Puri Ubud & on the street outside the Puri.

Because of the height of the bade, a lot of the work is done in the few days leading up to the cremation on the roadway leading to the north from the central intersection of Ubud, where the procession for the royal cremation ceremony will start, heading approximately 1 km east to the cremation grounds of the Puri.

Before the actual cremations, various other ceremonies are held to prepare the soul for its departure from the world. On 27th August a procession will head towards the beji (holy spring) at Campuhan to retrieve holy water. Later that afternoon a Mesiram (bathing ceremony) will be held, where the body is bathed with water perfumed with fragrant flowers, then anointed with offerings and fine clothes, to be blessed by the pedanda(high priest) who officiates at this ceremony. People from other Puri in Bali, as well as other friends of the family are invited to witness this very important ceremony held in the privacy of the Puri. In the days leading up to the cremation many people will come to call at Puri Saren Kangin, as they will also do on the actual day of the cremation.

At around 13.00 hrs on the 7th the body of Tjok Istri Putra Asmari & the effigy of Tjok Bagus will depart to the cremation grounds in the bade specially built for the occasion. The procession to the cremation ground will also include the lembu and many offerings that are used in the cremation.

Four days following the cremation, on 11th September, there will be another very important ceremony for the journey of the soul of Tjok Istri Putra Asmari, called a Ngasti, held at Puri Saren Kangin, followed the next day by Nyegara Gunung ceremony, where pilgrimage is made to the sea (Goa Lawah) & the mountains (Besakih). These ceremonies are to lift the soul to a more purified state so that she may then find a home prepared for her within her merajan (family temple).


Please observe the dress requirements expected of people who wish to join in with a cremation ceremony:

• Wear sarong tied at the waist with a selendang (sash)
• Wear a top covering your shoulders

Ask one of the staff at your hotel if you do not have the required dress or need help in learning how to wear it properly.

Do not get in the way of anyone in the procession. As it takes off the crowd carrying bade & lembu will get very boisterous, so do not stand too near or you may get trampled.

Do not ever put yourself in a position higher than the pedanda and do not get to near the fires as the burning gets underway.

Please remember that the cremation ceremony is not put on for the benefit of tourists. It is the most important ceremony for the Balinese to provide a safe departure from the physical world for the souls of their deceased.