Saturday, June 20, 2009

Ancient Monuments

There are about half a kilometer of steps to climb down and then back up, but this trip is worth it. Gunung Kawi near the town of Tampaksiring is one of Bali's oldest and largest ancient monuments. The shrines, carved into the side of a hill of solid rock are about seven meters high. They are believed to have been carved in the 11th century, according to Lonely Planet.

Along the way down, elderly women sell masks, t-shirts and other souvenirs -- the biggest seller is cold water.

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