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Hidden Bali Museum Is Bringing Ancient Culture Alive For Tourists

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Bali is working to promote more cultural tourism to the predicted 4.5 million tourists set to visit the island in 2023.

As the high season gets underway and visitors are planning their upcoming trips, there is so much to discover and cram into a vacation in Bali. However, there is one museum that is bringing the island’s culture to life.

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The Samsara Living Museum in Karangasem Regency is one of the most interactive and engaging cultural tourism experiences visitors can have on the island.

A celebration of the island’s traditional way of life and ancient practices, the Samsara Living Museum is a must-visit.

The museum can be found in the village of Jungutan, nested within two hectares of lush gardens.

According to the founders, the museum is a “warm and open space that will guide any visitors to enjoy and experience the beauty, wealth and to celebrate the cultural values inherited from our ancestors and presents them through love and joy.”

And visitors are certainly made to feel at home quickly.

During a visit to the Samsara Living Museum, tourists can take part in an incredible range of interactive cultural learning activities; this includes cooking classes and a lesson in making traditional Balinese liquor known as arak.

Guests can also get to grips with traditional Balinese dancing, learn to make daily offerings, and indulge in a full culinary experience featuring dishes unique to Eastern Bali.

These activities are all added extras and must be booked in advance. 

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A visit to the museum, without additional workshops, is an exciting, educational, and fulfilling day out.

During a visit, tourists can learn about everything from traditional Balinese stories and folklore to traditional rituals and ceremonies, as well as ancient artifacts and cultural objects. 

The Samsara Living Museum is 50km from the heart of the island’s art and cultural capital, Ubud. While a reasonable drive, there are plenty of stunning spots to stop for photos and refreshments along the way.

A visit to the Samsara Living Museum also makes for a good stop off on the journey from the popular resorts of the southern coast to Amed, the increasingly popular diving resort in East Bali. 

For those who want to experience a taste of Balinese culture during their vacation but don’t want to miss out on any of that hard-earned beach or pool time, then fear not!

There are plenty of ways to get a taste of Balinese culture without compromising that fun in the sun.

One of the most exciting ways to engage with Balinese culture is by watching a traditional cultural dance.

Whether the kecak fire dance, an enthralling Barong performance, or a whistlestop tour around the Indonesian archipelago at The Devdan Show in Nusa Dua, tourists from all around the world recommend getting tickets for a traditional cultural show. 


Many of Bali’s leading hotels, restaurants, and beach clubs all offer tourist activities that give guests a chance to connect with the unique heritage of the island.

Take Desa Potato Head in Seminyak, for example. The Balinese-owned and operated sustainable beach club regularly hosts cultural and spiritual wellness events, especially for tourists. Celebrating life in Bali’s past, present, and future.

After events, tourists are welcomed to dine in one of the many in-house eateries, all of which showcase some of the finest Balinese-inspired cuisines on the island.

Of course, being a world-class beach club, there is always a proper big party to be had at Desa Potato Head.


For food lovers who want to experience both the intricacies of Balinese culture and the best of the island’s cuisine without straying too far from the beach, look no further than Bumbu Bali Restaurant.

This incredible restaurant was visited by Presidents and Prime ministers during the G20 Summit last year; if it’s good enough for world leaders, it’s good enough for us! 


Bumbu Bali in Nusa Dua is known for serving up the most memorable culinary, cultural, and artistic experience for visitors.

The restaurant is famous around Indonesia for serving some of the most authentic and highly celebrated Balinese food around.

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Wayan Bo

Saturday 1st of July 2023

All expat’s who was making Bali popular should get their place in museum too.