The Dazzling Vistas of Tegalalang

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A few years ago, I was an entrepreneur exporting handicrafts made in Bali to buyers in the subcontinent. I travelled all over the island in search of unique and good quality products. The journey took me to Tegalalang, which I normally define to people as a craftsmen’s village located in the east of Ubud. If you are in Ubud, you should first search for Jalan Andong. You will know what I mean by craftsmen’s village as soon as you enter the street. Both sides of the road are decorated with shops offering a plethora of different handicrafts –carved mirror frames, statues, paintings, lampshades, and many other products.

TEXT AND Photo by Kartika D. suardana

A few years ago, I was an entrepreneur exporting handicrafts made in Bali to buyers in the subcontinent. I travelled all over the island in search of unique and good quality products. The journey took me to Tegalalang, which I normally define to people as a craftsmen’s village located in the east of Ubud.

If you are in Ubud, you should first search for Jalan Andong. You will know what I mean by craftsmen’s village as soon as you enter the street. Both sides of the road are decorated with shops offering a plethora of different handicrafts –carved mirror frames, statues, paintings, lampshades, and many other products. You can even find a mini replica of Eiffel Tower here! The shops on this road sell for retail and wholesale, and most of their customers order products to be exported to Europe and Australia. 

After passing through quite a long stretch of shops, you’ll reach the popular tourist stop of Ceking –a road with a wonderful view of a paddy terrace on its right side. You can admire the view from the roadside or sit back and relax at one of the cafes along the road. The paddy terraces in this area are quite extraordinary; they look like layers of stairs with the “steps” being about one metre in distance. 

I took the pathway down to the rice field to explore. Tour guides usually take their guests trekking up and down the paths within the paddy terraces and I would definitely recommend this option. I felt calm and relaxed as I made my way along the narrow path, in awe of the green walls of paddy terraces, and listening to the gurgling water flowing through the waterways and irrigating the rice fields.

The breathtaking scenery made me wonder about life thousands of years ago. I believe in ancient times, farmers only used simple tools or perhaps just their hands to transform jungle into rice fields. And yet they managed to make rice fields with such a sophisticated irrigation system, sending the right amount of water to fields of various different sizes.  These fields not only produce the staple food of Indonesia, but also project an epic panorama. 

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