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Interesting Places in Bali Island


Mas Village is one of the villages in Bali fundamentally identified as an artistic countryside by focusing in the arts of wood carving. Mas Village is located in Ubud sub district and the Gianyar Regency, eastern side of Bali. It is famous for a   typical style of wood carving artform  which focuses on synergy, humanism and naturalism. The village's popularity as an art village is famous both nationally and overseas for the maestro’s from this area who found the Taksu  (spirit and soul). The most famous maestro born in this village is Ida Bagus Tilem.


Sukawati is famous for its art market (Pasar Seni) and dalangs (puppeteers). Set in a two-floor building, the market sells everything from statues to dance costumes.


Celuk is the center for Balinese goldsmiths and silversmiths.  More than 40 jewelry workshops are located along the road from Batubulan to Celuk. The jewelries are exported worldwide.


Driving northeast from Denpasar, stone figures on the roadside mark the village of Batubulan. Divinities and demons are carved from sandstone for ornaments of houses and temples. Workshops can be visited to watch artists at work. Batubulan also is famous for Barong Dance which is performed daily here.  The dance symbolizes the never-ending battle between good and evil.  The Pura Puseh Batubulan, a beautiful temple, is also worth visiting while in Batubulan.


Batuan (alternate: Batoeon) is a village in Bali, Indonesia 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.

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 visits 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 Salah to Blahatu facing east.

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.


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