Batu and Batik!

No business visits on a Sunday, so we spent the day exploring the culture of KL.  In the morning we visited the world famous Batu Caves, one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India.

In the afternoon we headed out for some souvenir shopping and batik painting at the KL Craft Complex (which they spell Kraf Kompleks).  Batik is an ancient form of fabric painting practiced throughout Southeast Asia, thought to perhaps originate in Indonesia.

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The gang in front of Murugan, the Hindu god of war.  Yeah, he’s big.  No, he’s not made of gold.

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272 steps, according to Russell, who counted.

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New friends.  Everyone wants to pose with our group.  They are fascinating.

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Close ups with the monkeys.  It’s all fun and games until someone loses a face.

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You might think the most popular thing about the Batu Caves is its significance in Hindu culture, or the amazing geological formations in the caves.  But in reality, it’s the monkeys.  They are crab eating macaques, although they obviously eat more than crabs.  And they are everywhere, begging for food (sometimes stealing it).  They will steal other things if you leave them lying around.

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Posing with Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god.  He’s big too.

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Getting henna tattoos is always a favorite activity at the Batu Caves.

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Cooling off with coconut.

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Batik Painting!  I have been bringing students to artist Lazim Ismail for several years.  I’m not sure a career change is in the cards for these guys but they did quite well.

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At dinner.  Connor is mastering his chopstick skills.

That’s all for today.  Two business visits tomorrow.  Check back and see what they were.

 

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