Bali’s living culture is one of the most vibrant and colorful on Earth. Balinese people practice their culture and religion every day, from simple street offerings to elaborate temple ceremonies. What’s remarkable is their inclusivity and eagerness to share their culture with visitors, showing genuine humility when you take an interest.
For photography enthusiasts seeking to capture the essence of this ancient culture, temple ceremonies provide a captivating window into their world. Our team of professional photographers is ready to create an unforgettable experience for you. Temple birthday ceremonies, known as Odelan, occur every 210 days in the Balinese calendar and are stunningly ornate and colorful. Catching one in the Ubud area can be an art form, but we’ll guide you with our monthly calendar marking upcoming special ceremonies.
On these days, our professional photography instructors will help you capture beautiful images and teach you essential skills, including how to leverage lighting and portrait photography. We also emphasize the importance of respectful etiquette when photographing in temples, a practice we take seriously. Over time, we’ve cultivated strong relationships with Mangku priests and temple devotees.
Please note that temple ceremonies typically occur in the late afternoon and evening, and we adjust our schedules to align with temple activities, processions, special temple dance performances, and gamelan music performances. Photographers are warmly welcomed at these festivities.
We support a cultural dance and preservation programs in Bali and Borneo and donate 10% to Spirit of the Hornbill, Ransel Buku and The Pejeng Village Dance Fund.