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GIANYAR REGENCY - THE CITY OF BALINESE ART
 
Ubud market has kept much of its traditional charm, with squatting Balinese sellers haggling loudly among spices and vegetables. The market also sells handicrafts, many made in the neighboring villages of Pengosekan, Tegalalang, Payangan and Peliatan.

Gianyar also has some of the most important archeological sites. The majority is located in the Pejeng area, four kilometers east from Ubud. It is home to one of South East Asia's oldest artifacts, a huge bronze kettle drum known as the "Moon of Pejeng", a relic from the Bronze Age originating from Dongson, Vietnam, and a nearby archeological museum. The village also has two ancient temples, the Pura Pusering Jagat and Pura Kebo Edan.

The road to Pejeng and Gianyar is the site of the Goa Gajah, the "elephant cave" that is carved into the rock face and reached by a flight of steps. It probably dates back to the 9-12th centuries and shows elements of both Hindu and Buddhist religions. You can enter the cave through the huge mouth of figure of a demon. In front of the cave are two bathing pools with spring water gushing from spouts held by female figures.

A kilometer from Goa Gajah is Yeh Pulu. After a short walk through rice terraces, you will arrive at an ancient rock carving dating from the 14th century. The carving depicts various scenes of everyday life and the figures of elephant-headed Ganesha indicate a close relationship between the two sites.

Still within the district of Gianyar in the central mountains across from Trunyan is the small settlement of the Presidential Palace of Tampak Siring, with its popular natural springs and beautiful modern architecture. The springs bubble out and are captured in bathing pools. The late President Soekarno used to stay here at weekends.
 
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