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TABANAN REGENCY - THE CITY OF "LUMBUNG PADI / RICE FIELD"
 
As a place for viewing spectacular sunsets in Asia, Tanah Lot has few equals. Every day at dusk, tourists flood the area to witness the wonderful silhouette of the temple against the glowing horizon. The best view is from the cliff overlooking the temple.

Home to a substantial ethnic Chinese community, Tabanan town is noted for its fine arts and culture. Apart from having many skilled wood carvers, there are also many poets who recite classical poems during festive occasions. Tabanan is also the birth place of I Mario, a dancer-choreographer who revolutionized Balinese dance in the 30's with his kebyar and kebyar trompong dances, and commemorated by The Mario Theatre. Another attraction in Tabanan is the Subak Museum which displays exhibits relating to agriculture.

Southwest of Tabanan is Not a dance but a ritual, the Kerambitan, noted for its tek-tektekan is performed by men taka performances. with bells and huge clappers around their necks. The aim is to drive away evil spirits and bring good luck in the form of better harvests. Still unaffected by modernization, Kerambitan is also noted for its beautiful old buildings and two large palaces.

The Tabanan highlands mostly consist of volcanic areas, with Mount Batukaru (2275m), Mount Sanghyang (2093m), and Lake Bratan, one of the three lakes that make up the Bedugul resort area. The area has the last remaining tropical forest on the island. The tranquil botanical gardens of Kebun Raya Eka Karya in Bedugul are home to 650 species of trees and a unique collection of ferns and orchids.
 
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