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Goa Gajah

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Goa Gajah or “Elephant Cave” may be cave-like, but there are no pachyderms here, nor were there ever any in Bali (the ones at the elephant parks come from Sumatra).

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The name may refer to the elaborately carved elephant-like face over the man-made cave entrance, or perhaps the Ganesh statue within or even the Chinese-whispers of mistranslation of a nearby river. Regardless of the misnomer, Goa Gajah is a significant, yet perplexing Hindu-Buddhist archaeological site, and may well be the oldest in Bali possibly dating back to the tenth or 11th century.

Welcome! Photo taken in or around Goa Gajah, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Welcome! Photo: Sally Arnold

The complex contains the aforementioned cave, a couple of temples, ancient bathing pools and some collapsed Buddhist relics all within a stunning jungle setting. The proximity to downtown Ubud makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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