When you are at Kuta, you will see the traditional altars shown in the photograph. Also, you will see offerings by the locals which are placed on the ground as part of their Hindu religion (see photo). Please show respect and do not touch or step on them.
Bali (including Kuta) has an unique and interesting culture of Hinduism in a Muslim nation of Indonesia. Because of this culture, this gives rise to many very exotic and exciting Hindu architecture which can be seen in Kuta as well as the rest of Bali. This is one of the strong attraction which draws tourists to visit this place. More photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
Balinese art and monuments can be seen readily when you walk around Kuta. These arises from the unique Hindu culture in Bali and is one of the main attractions. You can even purchase some of these art pieces and monuments from local shops which can arrange for them to ship back to your house! More photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
One of the things you must do in Kuta is to experience the traditional Balinese dance and music. The costumes, dance movement and music usually depict legendary and religious stories and they will leave a lasting memory to the audience.
When you are at Kuta and Legian Beach, you will be able to see some traditional fishing boats on the beach. If you are lucky, you can witness the local fishermen loading these boats out to sea for their fishing trip.
Because Bali is an island, fishing used to be an important way of life here. This has been taken over by tourism in the modern day, but you still can see locals fishing at Kuta such as the ones shown in the photograph.
during nyepi day (the day of silence) when usually there's nothing you can do except staying inside without light, people avoid to be in bali.
but the night before nyepi, ogoh-ogoh festival is held. ogoh-ogoh is a huge monster doll represent the bad spirit that after nyepi day will be burned. each village create their own ogoh-ogoh. during the festival, all the ogoh-ogoh are displayed and everyone who visit it can vote for the best and the scariest ogoh-ogoh.
the place for ogoh-ogoh display is usually on a view point on the island but the best one usually in kuta area, especially on jalan legian.
Balinese are pious, religious people. In the busy roundabout in Kuta, we found a lady doing her prayers with "canangs" (offerings to gods), laid on the road. Surprisingly, vehicles are cautious and somehow avoid going too near ....
The Batik of Bali provides another venue of showing the artistic excellence of the Balinese people. Their beautiful designs, inspired by religious mythologies to everyday encounters, spread throughout the world. Originally stimulated by Javanese motifs, dominated by wayang and other mythological characters, contemporary batik artists have also experienced artistic development that parallels that of paintings. Modern batik artists express themselves through various subjects, from objects of nature such as birds or fish to daily activities such as cremation (ngaben) procession or tourist attractions as well as religious and mythological stories, accompanied by modern interpretation.
The Ikat and Double Ikat are two amazing techniques that the Balinese have perfected. A piece of Ikat cloth is woven in such a way that the ink is 'tied' (which is what 'ikat' literally translates to) in one of the two threads. A Double Ikat recursively repeats this technique; both threads contain ink. The ink will bleed to its neihboring area, and the result is a piece of cloth with distinctive, subtle patterns.
The village of Tenganan is well known for its superb double ikat work. A good piece of double ikat may take months to complete, and it usually belongs to the family heirloom. Certain patterns, such as the black and white, checkered, double ikat are considered to have protective powers against the evil spirits. Thus, they are used a lot to cover or to dress statues that guard the entrance to a temple or sacred masks like Barong.
A piece of ikat shirt or a batik wrap-around, each can be had for as little as a few dollars, are must have. Local garment shops will gladly supply you with these or any other kinds of Balinese garments that might interest you.
Balinese are very friendly and polite people. Handshaking is customary, for both men and women, on introduction and greeting, smiling is a national characteristic.
Everyone here seems to be an artist of some kind and daily offerings and rituals are a way of life.
SO IF IT IS NOT FISHING IN THE WATERS AT THE BEACH IT IS ENJOYING THE BEAUTY AND COMFORT OF ONE OF BALI'S FAMOUS BEACHES ....
When you are at Kuta, you will see lots of roadside food vendors selling various types of local food. These food vendors are very common in Bali as well as other parts of Indonesia.