advertisement

Klungkung doesn't have enough draw to merit staying overnight. Base yourself nearby in Ubud or Manggis instead. If you do however find yourself in the city roaming for something to eat, the best place to aim for is the market , just behind a row of shops to the east of Taman Gosa. A selection of stalls cook up basic Indonesian fare. In the evening, the Pasar Senggol (night market in the same location; 5pm-midnight) has Indonesian cuisine and some Chinese-influenced offerings. It's loud and chaotic and really quite fun.

Dining & Breaking Records in Karangsem Regency

A megibung ("people eating communally") is a unique traditional meal of the Karangsem regency associated with weddings, cremations, or temple ceremonies -- or anything that involves a meeting of the community.

Participants are divided into groups called sela, groups of eight people of the same gender, sitting cross-legged around a large woven rattan plate known as a nare, heaped with piles of rice. At the edge are piles of vegetables, maybe steamed kangkung, and urap, a vegetable salad of long green beans and grated coconut. Servings of pork satay, sometimes grilled pork, and a curry are dispensed by helpers and everyone tucks in -- all eating with their right hand. The table cannot start to eat until eight people are seated.

If a pedanda (high priest) is in attendance, he eats alone, off his own plate known as a dulang. His or her meal consists of rice, vegetables, and duck rather than pork -- unless he or she is a vegetarian. Duck symbolizes wisdom.

In 1996, 19,768 people participated in the Guinness World Records' largest communal eating event, consisting of the 2,452 selas and 152 wanci (special table for the high priest). Participants came from all over the Karagasem regency to help break the previous record.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.