Seven Bali Holidays

Desa Batubulan ( Batubulan Village )

Art Performance and stone carving village

Batubulan village has a reputation as a hub for sculpting and carving in Bali, with a worldwide reputation. This carving work, created by artists from Batubulan hamlet in Gianyar, is widely regarded and sought for by both international and domestic tourists. Batubulan Village not only serves as a hub for the production of many sorts of carvings and sculptures, but it also serves as a venue for performing arts in Bali, including Barong Dance, Kecak Dance, and Legong Dance, all of which are popular with tourists.

The Story Behind the name of Batubulan
Batubulan Village's history appears to have begun with a legend about a Great Prince Kalesan. He was the Monarch of Badung's adopted son, who was given a gift by the king to build a palace for him in the middle of the jungle when he reached adulthood. After receiving the mandate, he led his troops to a wooded area in the Badung Kingdom's eastern region. However, when he and his companions got at the forest's edge, they noticed a lump of glowing stone (batu) that resembled the moon (bulan). As a result of that tragedy, Great Prince Kalesan built a palace on the site and named it Batubulan.
General Information
Batubulan Village is located in the Sukawati District of the Gianyar Regency of Bali, and covers an area of approximately 6,422 km2. The Batubulan Postal Code is 80582, and it is led by a Batubulan Village Head named Prebekel. If you wish to send letters to relatives or business contacts, the Batubulan Postal Code is 80582. Tegaltamu Traditional Village, Jero Kuta Traditional Village, and Dlod Tukad Traditional Village are the three traditional sub villages (Desa Adat) inside Batubulan Village. Each traditional village is subdivided into many banjars, each of which is responsible for managing agricultural activities in its own region. Not only that, but in Batubulan, Gianyar, there are multiple banjars that are used to present various artistic attractions, such as Balinese dances like the Kecak Dance and Barong Dance. Jambe Barong Dance Stage in Banjar Tegehe (Dlod Tukad Traditional Village), Barong Dance at Banjar Denjalan's Puseh Temple (Jero Kuta Traditional Village), and Sahadewa Barong and Kecak Dance in Pegambangan Village One of the village's distinctive features is its people' ability to pass down the talent of carving and sculpting statues from generation to generation. It's no surprise that various galleries or art shops can be found along the Batubulan Village road in Sukawati, Gianyar. You can go in, look around, and buy a collection of statues or other artistic works of art as Balinese souvenirs to display at home. A large Banyan Tree, a football field, the Batubulan Palace, the Bale Budaya (cultural hall), and the local government office building are all located in the heart of the village. Every year around August, the foot field and cultural hall are used for sports and art events (PORSENI Pekan Olahraga dan Seni) to commemorate Indonesian Independence Day (17 August). Six sports tournaments and seven art competitions were held. Football, badminton, volleyball, men's and women's tug-of-war, table tennis, barong competition, Balinese song karaoke competition, and baleganjur competition at the Batubulan youth level are some of them.
Barong Dance
Famous Traditional Performance
The Barong Dance is a type of traditional Balinese dance performed by one to two persons dressed as four-legged animals and wearing masks. The Barong Dance is then materialized with two-legged animals as it progresses. Apart from the Sanghyang dance, Barong dance is claimed to be a part of Bali's pre-Hindu culture repertory. Both are religious and sacred in nature, and they were originally used in religious rites. The conflict between dharma (virtue) and adharma is shown in this dance (Ugliness). The Barong dancers demonstrated virtue in this battle, whereas Rangda, who has two sharp fangs in his mouth and looks terrifying, portrays virtue.
Kecak Dance
un-instrumental Balinese amazing Dance
The Kecak Dance is usually performed by a group of forty to eighty men who are only dressed in loincloths and have their upper bodies exposed. They form concentric circles, with a typical Balinese coconut oil lamp in the center. They begin by moving their bodies rhythmically to the left and right, singing the phrases "chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak ke-chak Gradually, the beat picks up, and they raise their shaky palms into the air. The kecak dance is done for dance-dramas, and the tale is based on the Hindu epic Ramayana. Every day from 6.30PM to 7.30PM, the Kecak Dance performs at Sahadewa Barong.
Hall of Stone Carving
Batubulan village has a reputation as a hub for sculpting and carving in Bali, with a worldwide reputation. This carving art, created by local people from Batubulan hamlet in Gianyar, is widely regarded and sought for by both foreign and domestic tourists. Tegaltamu Village, between the Barong Dance Statue and the Bali Bird Park, is a boulevard lined with various stone carvings. The stone carving is comprised of grey sandstone, white pualam stone, and black lava stone. Consumers from Japan, France, Germany, and other European countries are also in high demand for Buddha statues of all sizes. Padas stone statues of antique forms are still being exported, and their numbers have even increased year by year. Stone statues of frogs, horses, and ancient humans, as well as ancient humans, are commonly used for decoration in gardens, guest rooms, and offices. Dwarapala, the figure that guards the temple gate, is represented by a number of statues. Nandiswara, on the right (left of the gate), and Mahakala, on the left, are the names of these statues (right of the gate). In Hinduism, the existence of both is linked to Lord Shiva's might as one of God's incarnations.

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