Gianyar regency - The center of Arts and Crafts of Bali
(Balitrips.net) / 17 Jan 2008
The Gianyar regency is adjacent to Denpasar. Bangli and Klukung, is rich with inspirations for art and cultural development .It is believed that music, dance, fine arts, craft and various other genres of the arts have been originally developed from Gianyar. The fact that Gianyar was used to be the center administration during the transitional period of before and before and early Majapahit era is assured to have big influence to the development of art and culture in the island.
The Villages of Bedahulu and Pejeng on the north side of Gianyar was historically a center of administration before Majapahit era while Samprangan village on the east of Gianyar was us to be the center of administration during the reign of Majapahit in Bali. During the Dutch colonization as well as Indonesia’s independence days, Ubud, Peliatan, Mas and the surroundings have been strongly designed to be center of the development of art and culture. Thus, the region of Gianyar’ has been closely tied with art and culture throughout the times.
Occupying an area of 36,800 Ha with a population of around 354,350 according to a survey of the year 2001,Gianyar is more populated around the suburban areas that are major tourist spots, such as in Ubud Village.
From Sayan to Payangan village, which are located on the west side of the regency, there have been developed lots of boutique hotels which promote privacy while pensions and home stays are flocked around Ubud village. Other areas in the region of Gianyar, which are not, included as the tourist accommodation center, supports tourism with their handicraft industries. The whole areas of the Gianyar regency are likely to supports\ each other and shape Gianyar as a center of culture and tourism.