Batubulan Village: Barong Dance & Stone Carving
It is about 8 km from Denpasar. Batubulan had been known since a long time by the tourists because it’s handicrafts namely statues that made of sand stone. It can bee seen along the road of Batubulan. This village is an artistic countryside in west part of Gianyar regency. The identity and image as an art village, Batubulan has been famous in Indonesia and all over the world which has been built based on an artistic blessing dance of Barong (Barong and Keris dance). Barong Dance is daily performed at five different stages in this countryside, like Puseh Temple Stage, Tegal Tamu Stage, Denjalan Stage, Sahadewa Stage and Sila Budaya Stage.
Barong dance which is also known as Barong and Keris dance is a mixed of Balinese traditional dance, drama and music. The Barong is a mythological being in Bali that takes the form of a four-legged wild animal. This wild animal was the totem animal or the animal protecting the Balinese people before the Hindu relegion entered the island, because of the function as protector, the Barong is said to be manifestation of good forces which will always fight the manifestation of evil forces, the Rangda, who take the form of a frightening she-devil. The Barong Dance has always been popular in Bali. It is danced by two men, one man dancing the head and forelegs and other playing the hind legs and tail. The wel-known barong in Bali are the Barong Keket, the Barong Kalekek and Barong Landung. The dance performance show in the morning at Batubulan Village start at 9.30am taken from the Mahabarata epic, you can include to see this dance with other tour destination.
The beginning of Batubulan Village is an agrarian village which is sustained by carves the ledge stone. Relying on artistic potential, strategic location and open village network by local, national, and global, then this village grows as tourist destination which is popular with Tourism Cultural Object. Entire Bali Tour Packages to Middle of Bali or east part Bali are started from Batubulan Village . Batubulan Bus Station is strategically located as node communications to seven towns in Bali those are Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar, Bangli, Klungkung, Karangasem, and Singaraja. Batubulan is the opener relationship to reach the network entire of Bali Island . This village is located 8 KM from Denpasar town and it is consisted of three custom countryside, those are: Desa Adat Tegal Tamu, Desa Adat Jero Kuta and Desa Adat Delod Tukad. It is coming within 16 Banjar demographically, this village is pertained by an overpopulated village with the amount of the year resident 2003 equal to 11.333 people by 2.775 family. The name of Batubulan is etymologically taken from two word that are: Batu and Bulan (moon stone). Pre-eminent tourism sites and especial fascination of Batubulan Village in map of Bali Tourism are Barong Dance and stone carving art. This Tourist destination is become more famous because sustained by tourism fascination non-stopped expand and immeasurable. As a tourism object and stone carving business area, Batubulan village is visited by tourist of foreign countries and domestic since in the morning time until evening time. At 09:00-10:30 am daily, Barong Dance is held while at 18:00-19:00 pm, the Kecak Dance or Bali Night performances are executed.
When do we visit Batubulan Village?
Batubulan Village is strategically located in the center of Bali Map so some of tour arrangements insert it into their program like Ubud Village Tour, Kintamani Tours, Besakih Temple Tour, Ubud Rafting Tour, Ubud Elephant Ride Tour etc.