Nestled in the cultural haven of Bali, Subak Museum stands as a testament to the island’s rich heritage, showcasing the intricacies of Subak irrigation—a vital facet of Bali’s agrarian civilization.
The inception of the Subak Museum traces back to August 17, 1975, when I Gusti Ketut Kaler envisioned preserving the traditional Subak institution as a vital aspect of the nation’s cultural heritage. Rooted in ancient Balinese practices from the 11th century, the Subak, or water irrigation system method, continues to evolve. It embodies the philosophical essence of “Tri Hita Karana.”
This profound concept underscores the equilibrium of three elements contributing to happiness. It consists of the balance between humans (Pawongan), harmony between humans and nature (Pabelasan), and equilibrium between humans and the divine (Parahyangan). Then, Bali’s governor, Prof. Ida Bagus Mantra, officiated this museum’s inauguration in October 1981.
We recognize that this progress may impact the traditional Subak system as science and technology advance rapidly. People fear that conventional tools and practices, integral to Balinese agrarian life, may swiftly disappear. This includes traditional houses following the spatial planning concept “Asta Kosala-Kosali and Asta Bumi” in Balinese Hinduism.
Thus, the Subak Museum was conceived as a tangible effort to safeguard this invaluable cultural heritage. The museum serves as a repository of artefacts and a testament to the importance of preserving Subak in the face of modernization, ensuring the continuity of this profound connection to Bali’s agricultural roots.
Uncover the essence of Subak Museum’s allure, where each exhibit breathes life into the island’s irrigation practices, offering a glimpse into Bali’s agricultural past.
Function of the Museum:
- Erudite Investigation and Documentation: Delve into a repository of in-depth research and documented knowledge.
- Cultural Acquaintance Place: Connect with Bali’s cultural identity through immersive experiences.
- Medium Place for Science Channeling: Explore scientific aspects of Subak irrigation and agricultural practices.
- Place to Introspect Human Being: Reflect on the interconnectedness of humanity and nature.
- Mirroring Human History: Witness the unfolding of Bali’s history through the lens of Subak irrigation.
- Enjoyment of Art and Culture: Immerse yourself in the artistic and cultural artefacts that narrate Bali’s story.
Enhance your cultural odyssey by combining Subak Museum with specialized tours like the Tanah Lot Tour, Tanah Lot Dinner Tour, Tanah Lot Subak Irrigation Tour, Rafting Tanah Lot Tour Package, Jatiluwih Tanah Lot Tour, or other Bali tour packages. Reach out to our team for exclusive deals and a tailored exploration experience.
Other Tourist Attractions Nearby
Extend your cultural exploration with visits to enchanting nearby attractions. Admire the grandeur of Taman Ayun Temple, encounter playful monkeys in the sacred Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest, and witness the mesmerizing sunset at the iconic Tanah Lot temple on the rock.
Explore the enchanting world of butterflies at Butterfly Park, Bloom Garden, discover diverse flora at Bali Botanical Garden, and experience the serenity of Ulun Danu Temple on picturesque Beratan Lake. Marvel at the twin lakes, Buyan and Tamblingan, nestled in the highlands of Bali; find tranquillity at Batukaru Temple, surrounded by rainforests; and soak in natural thermal pools at Penatahan Hot Spring. I encountered monkeys in the sacred nutmeg forest at Sangeh Monkey Forest. Find other tourist attractions in the same region, such as Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, Serijong Temple, Blimbing Rice Terrace, and Blahmantung Waterfall.