A part of my upcoming novel will set in Barong Temple. I needed to observe two or three things with my own eyes. So I went to the temple. On Google Maps, this Hindu temple seemed easy to find. But in reality, it wasn’t.
In order to collect some data for my visual novel, Revival of Queen Leyak, I flew to Bali Island from Surabaya. The main destination was Gianyar, a center of ancient kingdoms in Bali, Indonesia. The one that appealed to me was Kebo Edan Temple, or local people called it Pura Kebo Edan. A lot of precious archaeological relict you can find there, as a link to answer some questions about Hindu Kingdoms in Indonesia.
You can find a lot of unique restaurants in Surabaya. But the one that has wide area, as far as I know, is Hallo Surabaya. It’s in Jalan Bubutan 95 Surabaya.
About 15,000 kilometers away from the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, I met its “twin” in Indonesia. The building is also located at the five-way intersection, which lead us to Pare, Kediri City, Plosoklaten, Wates (Pesantren), and Menang. It’s called Simpang Lima Gumul, in Ngasem Subdistrict, just half an hour land trip from Kampung Inggris in Pare.
White sand. Clear water. Exotic rocks. Beautiful lagoon. This is the most gorgeous beach I have visited so far. Klayar Beach or Pantai Klayar! It is located at Donorojo District, East Java Province, about 60 minutes or 35 km west toward Pacitan City. Since it is quite secluded and not familiar to many people, you can find a peace of mind while enjoying the beach.