Batuan Temple

Batuan Temple Bali

The Batuan Temple is considered as the oldest temple in Bali Island. This temple was designed with Balinese ornaments and the roof was made from the fiber of the coconut tree with black color. The temple location is strategic, which is on the side of the main road that connected Denpasar to Ubud. For over than a thousand of year, Batuan has transformed into the artist and craftsmen village, old legend, and also mysterious stories.

The Batuan Temple was built in the year of 944 Isaka or 1020 AD. Almost 1000 years old, this temple can be categorized as Puseh temple according to the concept of “Tri Kahyangan or Tri Murti”. This is also makes this temple as the oldest temple in Bali island.

The Tri Murti is the teaching that taught to the local people in the 10th century. The Tri Murti includes 3 temples which are the Village temple, Puseh temple, and Dalem temple. The Village temple is for worshiping the Brahma gods (the creator), the Puseh Temple is for worshiping the Wisnu gods (the caretaker), while the Dalem temple is for worshiping the Siwa gods (the destroyer).

What You Can See in Batuan Temple

In this Batuan Temple, you can see an ancient building called Wantilan, this place was used as a meeting room and practice every kind of dance of Bali as Gambuh Dance, Pendet, etc. Before you enter the temple there were some local people in Wantilan will lend ‘Kamben’ (traditional costumes Bali). This is a must for you to wear ‘Kamben Bali’ to show respect and honor of the sacredness “Puseh Stone Temple of Village”. It’s all free, you will not be charged for admission. However, local people expect any tourist visiting this temple can donate the amount of money to support the maintenance of the temple. There is provided a simple donation box. Every donation you give should be based on a sense of sincerity, where the Balinese know it was called “Medana punia”. The temple also provides a spacious parking lot, so that the tourists will easily find a parking place for their vehicles while visiting this place.

Up the five-tiered ‘candi bentar’ gate of Batuan Temple, you’ll come across various reliefs depicting mythical Balinese figures and floral themes, as well as statues depicting the Hindu trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva further inside. A series of multi-tiered thatched-roof shrines within the temple’s inner courtyard are set in a layout that is typical of all large temple complexes in Bali. The temple pavilion’s wooden beams and ceilings are heavily engraved and gold gilded.

A visit to any temple in Bali is best during their celebrations. If your visit to Batuan Temple doesn’t coincide with any ‘piodalan’ anniversary, you may also check out the village’s daily barong dance shows, occasionally featuring other traditional Balinese dance performances at a purpose-built stage nearby.

Batuan Temple Function

As usual Tree Khayangan Temples in Bali, Batuan Temple is used to worship to the god for the villagers of Batuan. This temple festival is gradually conducted every six month according to the Balinese calendar and on this day, entire local people come to this temple to worship to the god. This temple is located in Batuan Village, Sukawati District and Gianyar Regency. It is just 25 minutes away from Denpasar City or Ubud Village or 30 minute from Gianyar town. Since Batuan Temple located in the sightseeing area, there are several land tours of Bali Tour Package have put this temple as one of the stop point in the itinerary.

Public Facilities

  • Parking Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Food Stall
  • Drink Stall