Goa Gajah, Cave of Interfaith Harmony in Bali

Goa Gajah is an affirmation of the charm of Bali, not just about the beauty of its beaches. All kinds of tourist themes are presented on the Island of the Gods.

Goa Gajah, Bali

Goa Gajah is an artificial cave that now functions as a historical tourist spot in Bali, as well as a place of worship, as well as a sacred place in Gianyar, Bali.

Currently, Goa Gajah Gianyar, Bali, has UNESCO status as a world heritage site that must be protected. But its status is still tentative, in other words, it is still waiting for confirmation from UNESCO.

Etiquette of a Visit to Goa Gajah
Before we continue the description of Goa Gajah Gianyar, Bali. The author would like to remind you of several things, especially about the ethics of visiting a sacred place in Bali.

Bali is a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, and the world, which still upholds cultural values, traditions, and religious values.

So this has an impact on tourist attractions in Bali, especially tourist attractions, as well as places of worship, including Goa Gajah.

The things that must be obeyed by visitors when they want to enter the Goa Gajah area, Gianyar, Bali, are as follows:

  • For menstruating women, it is forbidden to enter the temple.
  • Wear appropriate, or modest attire.
  • Wear a shawl for his subordinates. In the parking area of ​​Goa Gajah, many of these shawls are sold.

Location and Address of Goa Gajah
The location of Goa Gajah is located close to the flow of the Petanu River. The address for Goa Gajah is in Bedulu Village, Blahbatu District, Gianyar Regency, Bali.

Route to Goa Gajah Gianyar Bali
The road to Goa Gajah Gianyar, Bali, can be accessed by two-wheeled vehicles, as well as four-wheeled vehicles to the main parking area of ​​Goa Gajah.

The distance of Goa Gajah from Denpasar, Bali is about 25 kilometers, with a travel time of 1 hour. No need to speed, just enjoy the panorama that is presented during the trip.

Goa Gajah Entrance Ticket Prices
Goa Gajah entrance tickets for domestic tourists are:

Rp. 30,000 per person, for adults.
Rp. 15,000 per person, for children.
Goa Gajah entrance tickets for foreign tourists are:

Rp. 50,000 per person, for adults,
Rp. 25,000 per person, for children.

Elephant Cave Opening Hours
Under normal conditions, Goa Gajah is open 24 hours.
Goa Gajah is open every day.
Facilities at Goa Gajah
Tourist facilities in Goa Gajah are as follows:

  • Parking area,
  • Toilet,
  • Scarves and souvenir shops,
  • Temple,
  • historical cave,
  • Process system.

History of Goa Gajah
The history of Goa Gajah begins in the 10th-11th century AD, during the Warmadewa Dynasty. The history of naming Goa Gajah refers to the Ganesha statue found in the area.

The second phase of the history of Goa Gajah, namely in 1923 when a Dutch official named LC. Heyting found the Hariti statue and the Ganesha statue in the area.

Then his findings were reported to the Dutch East Indies government. Then in 1925, more serious research was conducted at the location of Goa Gajah Bali, led by Dr. WF. Stutterhheim.

Elephant Cave Attraction

  1. Historic Man-made Cave
    The first attraction of Goa Gajah is an artificial cave which is now a very historic relic in Bali.

There is something unique about Goa Gajah. If the average place of worship for Buddhists and Hindus is in an open area, with a temple, or temple that rises above. Well, Goa Gajah is a place of worship that juts into, in the form of a cave.

Inside Goa Gajah, there are several places to meditate. Goa Gajah is also not cramped, and not stuffy.

  1. A Symbol of Interfaith Harmony
    The next attraction of Goa Gajah is that apart from being a phenomenal tourist destination in Bali, on the other hand, it is a symbol of harmony and harmony between religious communities. Especially Hinduism and Buddhism.

The Goa Gajah area is divided into two areas, namely the southern and northern parts. In the north is the location where the statue of Ganesha is located, as well as Goa Gajah, a place of worship for Hindus.

In the south, there are ruins of a stupa, it is believed to be a place of worship for Buddhists. The two areas are separated by a large moat.

The architecture of the buildings in the Goa Gajah tourist area is very good and well organized. Visitors are expected to always maintain their attitude, not to damage the environment, as well as the properties in the area.