Exploring Unique Underground House in Bali
Bali is the best place for enjoying many unique things. When you spend your holiday in Nusa Lembongan Island, you will get unforgettable memories because this island offers amazing panorama of sea. Beside of that this island has spectacular underground house.
The Inspired to Built Gala-Gala Underground House
The house was built by a farmer called Made Byasa who was also a priest and a Dalang (shadow puppet performer). Made Byasa was inspired by a Hindu epic to build this house, it was the Mahabrata from “Wana Parwa” episode. The story tells about Panca Pandawa and their family’s life in the middle of the forest after being banned because of gambling loses with Kurawa. They were challenged to live their life in the forest for 12 years. There were lots of challenges that they had to face in the forest, Pandawa felt unsafe and thought Kurawa were out to kill their family. So he built a cave to protect his family and named the cave Gala-Gala. From that episode, Made Byasa was inspired to build his own cave.
Gala-Gala Underground House Information
This unique underground house is called Gala-Gala underground house which was built in 1961 and finished in 1976. It took 15 years to finish the unique underground house and the total area is 500 square meter. Before entering the underground house, visitors would find photographs of the creator Made Byasa, 2 traditional buildings, a well, small shrine and a sacred Bayan tree.
The underground house consists of 3 entrances, the alley reaches up to 7 meters under the ground. To enter the house, visitors must go down through a 2 meter stairs, the rooms in this house is only 1 to 2 meters high, therefore some people must bend when they explore one room to another room in this house. This incredible labyrinth house includes bedroom, kitchen, dining room, bathroom, a well, and a sacred meditation room. This place beside as a house, Made Byasa used it for conducting the meditation.