Makepung is the world famous Buffalo Race held in Bali, Indonesia on an annual basis where the Grand Prix or Tournament focuses on 7 circuits in Jembrana Regency. The circuits are as follows; Sangyang Cerik, Delod Berawah, Kaliakah, Pangkung Dalem, Merta Sari, Tuwed and Awen. Race meetings usually commence from the months of July to November running once a fortnight which accumulates in November with a spectacular final.



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Jockey’s whip at Makepung Buffalo Race

Jockey’s whip used at the Makepung buffalo races at rest in the racing cart or Cikar which trails behind the speeding buffalo.

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Beautiful Buffalo wearing crowns and flowers

A pair of beautifully decorated water buffalo’s wearing crown, flowers and colourful tassles before the start of the famous Buffalo Races or Makepung in Bali, Indonesia

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Racing chariot at Makepung in Bali

Elaborate and intricate Balinese mythological beasts decorate the racing cart which a jockey uses as a platform with which to control a pair of racing buffalo’s at Makepung in Bali.

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Wounded buffalo with chariot

Leaving the Makepung Buffalo races in a wounded state. Trucks transport people, buffalo and racing chariot to and from local areas to the racing circuit during tournament days.

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Buffalo chariot used at Makepung races

A Cikar or Chariot which is used at the Makepung buffalo races in Bali to allow the Rider or Jockey a platform from which to control these beasts of burden as they race around the circuit

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Makepung buffalo racing in Bali

A unique high speed buffalo racing event known as Makepung takes place on the Indonesian island of Bali each year of with a tournament which runs from July to November and consists of a race every two weeks at a particular circuit in Jembrana Region. What we see here is … Read More

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Racing to the finishing line at Makepung

Pairs of water Buffalo racing around Delod Berawah circuit at the Makepung Races and Jembrana Cup 2016 on the Indonesian island of Bali.

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Pair of Buffalo racing at Makepung in Bali

A Balinese man drives his racing buffalo along the Delod Berawah race circuit at the Jembrana Cup 2016 on the Indonesian island of Bali

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Man with ornately decorated water buffalo

Indonesian man holding a pair of racing Buffalo steady at the start of the famous Makepung Races in Bali. As tradition would have it the Buffalo’s are dressed in ornate and fancy head gear fit for the occasion

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Man with decorated racing Buffalo

Balinese man holding a Buffalo steady at the start of the famous Makepung Races in Bali. As tradition would have it the Buffalo’s are dressed in ornate and fancy head gear as is fitting for the occasion

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Makepung buffalo racing circuit action

At the Makepung Jembrana Cup 2016 buffalo’s and riders frantically race around the Delod Berawah Circuit in an action packed finale continuing a Balinese tradition which dates back to the 1960’s.

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Buffalo racing at Makepung in Bali

Indonesian man racing his pair of buffalo at the unique and famous Makepung races on the island of Bali

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Albino Buffalo at Makepung

Pair of Asian Water Buffalo of the Albino type waiting patiently with an Indonesian boy acting as overseer at the Makepung Buffalo Races in Jembrana on the Indonesian Island of Bali

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Buffalo adorning beautiful balinese headdress

One of the many Asian Water Buffalo on show at the Makepung buffalo races on the Indonesian Island of Bali

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Water Buffalo displaying bloody wounds

Blood seeps from the hide of a living water buffalo after having been raced around one of the many circuits that hold the Makepung buffalo racing tournament in Bali. These wounds are common due to the whip or spiked battering stick that is used to get the beasts moving at … Read More

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Wood carved decoration on buffalo racing chariot

The Makepung races are well known throughout Indonesia for being a unique and traditional event with not only the participating buffalo being extremely well decorated but also the chariots which they pull along with the rider.

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Two buffalo dressed up with speactacular headdress

Part of the famous Indonesian Makepung buffalo races consist of a best dressed category with some incredibly ornate headdresses on show.

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Man pulling his racing buffalo through the crowds

Indonesian man leads his racing pair of heavily decorated water buffalo through the thronging crowds of spectators and participants at the final of the Makepung Jembrana Cup 2016

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Makepung Jembrana Cup 2016

Traditional buffalo racing at Makepung during the Jembrana Cup 2016 final of the seasonal tournament in Bali, Indonesia

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Decorated buffalo at Makepung races

Balinese man and race participant hauls his prized buffalo towards the starting line at the Makepung races and the Jembrana Cup 2016 in Bali

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Buffalo dressed to impress at the races

Spectators look on as buffalo race around the Mekepung circuit on the Indonesia island of Bali

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Ornate wood carving design at Makepung

Wood carvings of Balinese mythological designs adorn the yolk and carts of the racing pairs of Buffalo at the Famous Makepung races in Indonesia

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One man and his water buffalo

Water buffalo yolked and ready for racing at the Makepung buffalo racing circuit of Delod Berawah on the Indonesian island of Bali

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Kids wait patiently at the Makepung buffalo race

Balinese children with racing buffalo’s at the Jembrana cup 2016

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Buffalo rider with spiked whipping stick

Balinese man holds his spiked whipping stick which will be used to beat the racing buffalo to victory at the Makepung Buffalo Races in Bali

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Fancy dress buffalo and spectators

One of a pair of racing buffalo decorated and waiting patiently for the start of Makepung, the famous traditional buffalo races held in Bali during the tournament season.

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