Remote Batuan Sukawati Gianyar, Bali Indonesia Published on: 17-03-2016
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Why Batuan Village is special ?
Batuan (alternate: Batoeon or "Baturan") is a village in Bali, Indonesia. It is noted for its artwork and style of painting which originated in the village in the 1930s and has since emerged into a major Balinese artistic style, known as a Batuan painting. It is a major painting center and contains a number of art galleries and cooperative art societies which have played a key role in promoting the art of Batuan. The village is also known for its performance of the ancient Gambuh dance, performed every Full Moon day.
Batuan is mentioned in historical records as far back as 1000 years. The Hindu and Indian influence in the region in the village is evident from the carvings and temples. In the 17th century, Batuan and southern Bali were controlled by the royal family until a priest's curse led to their losing their control; eventually they dispersed to various parts of the country. During the period of 1947–1949, most of the Batuan people remained loyal to the Gianyar Regency and opposed nationalism.
What to explore at Batuan Village?
Batuan village is one of famous destinations in Bali which is popular with center of the arts, and now it's know for its dancing, wood panel carving and paintings. There are two temples on the western part of the village which are known as Pura Puseh and Pura Dasar. These temples are built in classical Balinese temple architecture style with elaborate carvings. Visitors are given vermilion sarongs to wear during visit to the temples. The town is also popular for carved teak wood furnishings. The village also has a "fat Buddha statue" (called the "Fat Baby Statue") at the cross road from Sakah to Blahbatu facing east.
How to get to Batuan Village?
Batuan village is about 10 km south of Ubud and about 7 km northeast of Denpasar. Taxi is the best way to get there.
Batuan Sukawati Gianyar, Bali Indonesia