We decided to explore Ubud on our second day in Bali. We hired a driver for US$50 to show us around Bali. We left our Villa in Seminyak a little late so we only visited one tourist attraction in Ubud in the morning – the Batuan Temple.
Batuan Temple, locally known as ‘Pura Puseh lan Pura Desa Adat Batuan’, is a well-known landmark in the village of Batuan, popular for its traditional Balinese arts and paintings. It’s situated about 10 kilometers from central Ubud and it features stunning traditional Balinese temple and well preserved sandstone bas-reliefs. (Read: Must-Try Restaurants in Bali)
Before you enter in the temple, you need to register at the “Wantilan” in front of the temple and give a donation. In return they will give you a piece of cloth called “kamben” (sarong), a traditional Balinese costume to wear. It is mandatory to wear this piece of cloth around your waist before entering the temple.
It was almost noon when we arrived at the temple so it was hot. The sandstone bas-reliefs were really magnificent. It’s good that they were able to preserve them for the next generations to appreciate.
The Batuan Temple is definitely worth a visit even though it is relatively small. The well-preserved Balinese architecture is impressive.
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