Obama family take in museum, rice terraces on five-day vacation in Bali

Former US president Barack Obama (bottom left) and his family visit the Tirta Empul Temple during a family holiday in Bali, Indonesia, 27 June 2017.
Former US president Barack Obama (bottom left) and his family visit the Tirta Empul Temple during a family holiday in Bali, Indonesia, 27 June 2017.PHOTO: EPA

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network) - Former US president Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their two daughters were in Bali last weekend for a five-day vacation on the Island of the Gods.

After arriving on Friday (June 23) evening, the family on Saturday (June 24) visited Agung Rai Art Museum (ARMA). 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 welcomed by Pendet and Tumbuk Padi dance performances. The former president expressed an interest in a 1930s painting by I Gusti Nyoman Lempad.

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 54km from Denpasar and is included in Unesco's list of World Heritage Sites.

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

On Monday (June 26), 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. Obama and his entourage spent two hours cruising the river, using six boats accompanied by five professional guides.

Obama was scheduled to leave Bali on Wednesday (June 28). The former first family will also visit Yogyakarta and Jakarta while in Indonesia.