A Walk Beside Lake Buyan: Pura Buyan, Pancasari, Bali

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Comments (14)

Maja Weidemueller on July 9, 2010

I am only realizing the little I know about these cultures - a shame. Thank you for uploading some lovely insights....

~~~ Maja ~~~

bdeh on July 10, 2010

Beautiful composition Ian. Greetings Berend

jeff_msn123 on July 10, 2010

Beautiful shot. Ian.

Cheers, Jeff

ƤōƝƓ on July 10, 2010

It is amazing how different civilizations in Cambodia, Indonesia and Southern Vietnam created similar architectures. India was very powerful.

Ghislain Bonneau on July 10, 2010

Hi Ian Very interesting place, culture and Architecture. Nice photo and composition. I Like Three dorway to the same place or to different dimensions. It has something to do with spirituallity I bet. Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards.............GHISLAIN.☻

Ian Stehbens on July 11, 2010

Greetings dear friends, first from Indonesia, but now from Brisbane.

Ghislain, you are perfectly correct in your assumptions about the expression of spirituality in architecture. Balinese Hinduism is quite pervasive. And thanks for your appreciation of the image.

The Hindu spirituality and religion has derived from India and has impacted much of South and East Asia, Ah-Pong indicates. There are some areas of Indonesia where Hinduism has been retained (Bali, Madura, Tengger) and is the dominant religion. Bali academics maintain contact with India.


Ian Stehbens on July 11, 2010

Thanks Berend and Jeff for your visits and appreciation. It is great to share with you.

Warm greetings from Brisbane.


Ian Stehbens on July 11, 2010

Dear Maja,

I too am learning all the time. During my recent visit I visited 2 Hindu Universities to dialogue with their leaders and to build a mutual understanding. There is so much to learn from each other, and respect enables access to relationships and to mutual understanding.

I truly appreciate your insights that you share with me.

Most warmly,


Hazel Coetzee on July 23, 2010

Ian - I have so many questions about these amazing structures but space.... limitations.....

Are these intricate carvings wrought in some type of cement? They are amazingly detailed, and one could study them for ages Really beautiful.

Pardon my Western ignorance, but are these little tombs, or Spirit Houses maybe?

Warmest greetings dear friend,

and welcome back to Brisbane!


Ian Stehbens on July 23, 2010

Dear Hazel,

You have many questions and I have little real knowledge. But let me start with the cement. Yes the carvings or mouldings are made from cement, which has black mineral sand mixed with it. The mineral is specifically marketed for this purpose. The doors are entrances to the enclosed courtyard where prayer and sacrifice takes place.

I returned from Indonesia to Brisbane for 4 days then flew to Tonga where I am currently. I am back for 5 months. While I have limited internet access (for a couple more weeks only hopefully) I am restricted primarily to replies and having little opportunity to explore friends galleries, but eventually I will catch up.

Thanks for your contact, comments and friendship.


Benisius Anu on July 26, 2010

Hi Ian,,, i don't know if there is a beautiful pura in buyan lake... just currious how to getting there?

Ian Stehbens on August 4, 2010

Hi Benito,

It is a specially crafted Pura and its setting beside Danau Buyan makes it special. It is easily found, and I guess the best way is simply to check it on Googgle Earth. But the Lakes Bratan and Buyan are adjacent. Arriving from Denpasar, one continues through Buyan to Pancasari and then just before the road ascends the scarp towards North Bali, you turn left and enjoy the short drive along the lake shore. Of course, if you are coming from Singaraja, you turn right just as you descend into the crater. Go find it and enjoy!


MarekEwjanStachowski on August 15, 2010
  • very interesting, very nice photo
  • like & greetings from Poland :)
Ian Stehbens on August 17, 2010

Thanks very much, Marek. The diversity of religious architecture especially in Bali is almost overwhelming I find, for there is so much of it. But here beside the lake there was far less, and this temple (pura) is quite unique.

Warm regards,


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Photo taken in Pancasari, Sukasada, Buleleng Regency, Bali, Indonesia

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