Karangasem Regency (Indonesian: Kabupaten Karangasem) is a regency (kabupaten) of Bali, Indonesia. It covers the east part of Bali, has an area of 839.54 km2 and a population of 369,320 (2002). Its regency seat is Amlapura. Karangasem was devastated when Mount Agung erupted in 1963, killing 1,900 people. Karangasem was a kingdom before Bali was conquered by the Dutch.
Location of Karangasem Regency in Bali
|• Regent||I Gusti Ayu Mas Sumatri|
|• Total||324.15 sq mi (839.54 km2)|
|Time zone||WITA (UTC+8)|
|Area code(s)||+62 363|
Hindus and Muslims live in the Budakeling area. Saren Jawa village is home to 100 Muslim families, surrounded by Balinese Hindu villages following the Siwa-Buda belief system, a combination of Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism. The people of Saren Jawa use Balinese first names before their Muslim last names, such as Ni Nyoman Maimunah.
Interesting places inclue:
- The major Pura Besakih Hindu temple, sometimes called the Mother Temple of Besakih.
- Tenganan, a Bali Aga village (the original Bali), with inhabitants who still live according to their ancient traditions
- Beach town of Amed.
- Candidasa is a good starting point for visiting places along the beautiful east coast of Bali. East of Candidasa, is the village of Bugbug; its inhabitants celebrate the Perang Dawa (war of the gods) every other year on the full moon of the fourth month (October). People of all nearby villages climb to the top of a hill and sacrifice pigs by hanging them in trees.
- Prasi Beach in Prasi village is known as Pantai Pasir Putih (White Sandy Beach) and nowadays also as Virgin Beach. Its white sandy beaches are mainly free of crowds, less polluted, and known for swimming or snorkeling from April to October. The beach is a 7 kilometer (20 minutes) drive from Candidasa to the east. The beach is hidden among two cliffs/hills, Bugbug Cliff and Prasi Cliff.