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Obama’s Bali trip includes museum visit, rice terraces, rafting adventure

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, June 26, 2017  /  07:39 pm
Obama’s Bali trip includes museum visit, rice terraces, rafting adventure

Former US president Barack Obama (second left), his wife Michelle (third left) and his daughters Sasha (front center) and Malia (second right) go rafting at Bongkasa Village in Badung on Bali island on June 26. Barack Obama kicked off a 10-day family holiday in Indonesia that will take place in Bali and Jakarta, the city where he spent part of his childhood. (STR / AFP/File)

Former United States president Barack Obama and his family have reportedly visited several tourist attractions during their Bali holiday so far, including the Agung Rai Museum of Art, the Jatiluwih rice terraces and Ayung River.

Obama, his wife Michelle and their two daughters arrived in Bali on Friday evening for a five-day vacation on the Island of the Gods.

On Saturday, the family visited Agung Rai Art Museum (ARMA). Located on Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, the museum exhibits collections of both traditional and modern paintings from foreign and local artists, including Ida Bagus Made and Anak Agung Gede Sobrat.

During their museum visit, the Obamas were also welcomed by Pendet and Tumbuk Padi dance performances. According to, the former president expressed an interest in a 1930s painting by I Gusti Nyoman Lempad.

Read also: Barack Obama to explore Bali, Yogyakarta and Jakarta

The next day, the Obamas reportedly went to Jatiluwih village in Tabanan. Known for its breathtaking views of rice terraces, the area is located around 54 kilometers from Denpasar and is included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

Obama and his family reportedly walked through the 500-meter hiking route circling the paddy fields. They then visited Pura Subak, meeting local farmers.

Former US president Barack Obama (center) and his entourage take a break after a walk through the field while visiting the Jatiluwih tourist site in Tabanan on Bali island on June 25.(AFP/STR)

On Monday, Obama and his family members made their way to Ayung River in Bongkasa Village, Badung, which is located a stone’s throw away from their hotel, the Four Seasons Resort Ubud. reported that Obama and his entourage spent two hours cruising the river, using six boats accompanied by five professional guides.

Obama is scheduled to leave Bali on June 28. The former first family will also visit Yogyakarta and Jakarta. (wir/jes) 

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