A lot of mysterious aspects have influenced the construction of one of the dominant attractions in Bali, Gala Gala Underground which is located on Lembongan Island. Tourists are always amused to witness this peculiar house under the surface and know about the fiction-like stories related to from the mouth of the villagers. Gala Gala is a unique house that started construction in 1961 and finished in 1976 after 15 years of struggles and hard work.
It spreads across 4 hectares of land and the owner of the house was a farmer Made Byasa who was also a priest and a Dalang or a shadow puppet performer.
History of the house: It is said that Byasa was inspired enormously by Mahabharata’s Wana Parva episode which describes the exile of Pandavas after they lost to Kauravas in the game of gambling. During their 12 years of forest life, they had faced lots of challenges and to protect themselves from the attacks of Kaurava, they were living in a cave and its name was Gala Gala.
Highlights: At the entrance of the house itself, you can find the photographs of the creator Made Byasa and there are two traditional buildings, a well, a sacred Banyan tree and a small shrine. The house has 3 entrances and the alley extends up to 7 meters under the ground.
To enjoy the views of the house, you must go down through a 2-meter long stair and the interesting fact is that the rooms in the house are short, 1 to 2 meters high. Yes, it will be difficult for some without crawling. It is almost like a labyrinth of a bedroom, kitchen, dining room, and bathroom and in addition to them, a well and a banyan tree.
Opening hours: Tourists are allowed to visit the house from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm.
Location: Lembongan Island, Jungutbatu, Nusapenida, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771, Indonesia