Is this the evidence of the first cyclist in Bali recorded in stone? Is this the evidence of the first cyclist in Bali recorded in stone?
25 Sep 2012

This stone-carved relief showing a gentleman with floral shorts riding a bicycle was the main reason why we made a stop at Pura Maduwe Karang. It's intriguing to find such a carving on a Balinese temple, even more so with a lotus flower as the back wheel! Some said that the rider could have been the Dutch artist W.O.J Nieuwenkamp who visited and explored Bali on a bicycle in 1904.

Pura Maduwe Karang is located in the village of Kubutambahan in the northern parts of Bali. From Singaraja, just take the main coastal road to the eastern side of Bali. With 34 figures from Ramayana gracing the outer walls of the temple, you can hardly miss it as it is right on the main road, on the left from Singaraja.

Hello... I Am Josh

A Travel Writer & Photographer from South East Asia

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Josh For some, it's shopping therapy. Others, movie therapy. Yet more, reading therapy. For me, it's writing therapy.
Why writing? When I travel, I enjoy first-hand the experience like in shopping therapy. But when I write about my travels, I live vicariously the experience again, as if like a movie sequel (or more like GroundHog Day, except that this is fun!). Yes, writing evokes the memories, the fun and the not-so-fun but all-in-all it gives the satisfaction of reliving the sense of place once more.
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