Our first full day in Ubud we hired a driver from the villa we were staying in to take us around to multiple places on our list. We visited a few temples, tried Balinese coffee/tea, explored the Monkey Forest and shopped at the Ubud Market!
Batuan Temple, a local Hindu temple located beside of the main road from Denpasar to Ubud was our first stop. For over a thousand years, Batuan has been a village of artists and craftsmen, old legends and mysterious tales. Batuan Temple was founded in the year 944 isaka (1020 AD); it’s almost 1000 years old.
First things first you must put on a sarong before entering. There are very strict rules when visiting a Balinese temple. You must wear a modest top that cover your shoulders and wear a sarong to cover your legs, in order to show respect.
While driving in Bali every house looks like a temple, because most family complexes do have temples (more on this later). We were so curious about what they looked like, and were excited to finally set foot in a Balinese temple.
We bought a mask of this guy ^^ at the market, can you can spot it in our home? His name is Barong, “a lion-like creature and character in the mythology of Bali. He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda, the demon queen and mother of all spirit guarders in the mythological traditions of Bali” according to Wikipedia.
Jl. Raya Batuan, Batuan, Sukawati,
Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Zoom in to look at the things we did around Ubud (purple pins).
Read more about our trip to Bali: Where We Stayed in Bali | Seminyak | NEWbali Tour | Batuan Temple | Taman Ayun Temple + Bali Coffee | Balinese Cooking Class | Monkey Forest | Ubud Market | Uluwatu Temple |