We arrived in Bali over night and were greeted at the port in by a group of dancers as we walked to the buses for our tour.

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Buleleng Museum was our first stop.  IMG 2414

Here we learned the process for creating the palm-leaf manuscripts that were the primary medium for writing materials dating back to the 5th century BC. The palm leaves were first boiled with spices and dried in a heavy press for 30 days.  The writer used a stylus-like device to inscribe letters.  Natural colorings were applied to the surface so the ink would stick in the grooves.  Afterwards, a clean cloth was used to wipe off the excess ink.

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Holes are punched in the palm leaves to bind them together.

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Storage containers for the palm manuscripts.

Ling Gwen Kiong Temple

     Chinese temple built by seafaring merchants and traders beginning in 1843.

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Pura Beji Sangsit temple

A Balinese temple located in Sangsit, it is dedicated to the rice goddess Dewi Sri, and is revered especially by the farmers in the area.

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We ate lunch at the beautiful Kutus Sunari Beach Resort with its black sand beach located on the Bali Sea.

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