Village of the Moon Stone
The village of Batu Bulan, the Moon Stone, gets its name from a legend that a King of Badung granted an adopted son of his, as a coming-of-age gift, the right to go and build his own palace somewhere. The son and his followers went looking for the perfect site. Through the forest they strode, until one day they came to its eastern edge. There in a field they saw a rock, glowing in the light of the moon. That was the place to settle, they all agreed, and so Batu Bulan came to be.
Batu Bulan was only ever a village, but a gifted one, thanks to the skills of its people in carving stone. This skill has been passed down the generations, which makes Batu Bulan a center for sculptures in both sandstone and the island’s dark grey volcanic paras stone.
You can see their talent in the myriad workshops and showrooms. You can also see some traditional work in the village temple, its Pura Puseh, where there is a statue to Airlingga. The temple also protects a sacred Barong mask, for that dance is another Batu Bulan speciality.
Like nearby Batuan, the different banjar of Batu Bulan entice tourists to visit the village by staging Barong, Legong and Kecak dances at regular intervals during the day, every day. The entrance fees they earn go to support vocational high schools, so the next generation has a chance to perfect their skills in stone working, woodworking, painting and dancing.
One of many locations described in “The Great Guide to Bali”, an eBook with more than 120 locations and 160 high quality photographs. Read more about this book here.