Batuan Temple Overview

One of Bali’s oldest Hindu temples, the Batuan Temple is dedicated to three of mightest Hindu deities- Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Learn about the exquisite Balinese architecture of each shrine at the temple, beautifully constructed with stones and fibre. The temple courtyard is riddled with sculptures, and sometimes hosts a local market held by artisans as well.

Bali Batuan Temple is a rural Balinese Hindu temple that is maintained by the Batuan countryside residents. The temple is beautifully constructed, with many Balinese ornamentation, and the roof temple structure is formed of multicolored black palm tree fiber which makes it a must to include in your, Bali vacation packages. It is conveniently situated alongside the main route between Denpasar and Ubud. Batuan has been a community of artists and craftsmen, old traditions, and strange tales for over a thousand years.

Also known as the Pura Puseh Batuan Temple, it was established in the first century, and follows the concept of Tri Murti worship. The temple complex comprises three temples: The Desa Temple for Lord Brahma, the Puseh Temple for Lord Vishnu, and the Dalem Temple for Lord Shiva. A long gong made of wood or bamboo, called Bale Agung, is located in the temple's center yard. The Kori Agung, a towering entry Balinese Gate flanked by several guardian statues fashioning the huge sculpture, is also located in this yard. Kori Agung's duty is to serve as the entrance and exit point for the gods, which is symbolized by a tiny statue known as Pratima. 

There are two little doors next to the Kori Agung that serve as gateways into the temple courtyard. The courtyard holds the Padmasana, or a temple to Bali's only Hindu god, San Hyang Widhi, along with traditional symbols and edifices dedicated to the temple of Besakih. On some days, the local artisans of Batuan display their handiwork at the temple grounds as well.

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• Examine how Hindu and Balinese cultures coalesce together in the architectural splendor held by the Pura Puseh Batuan Temple.
• Admire the relics, statues and sculpture work that went behind the making of the temple, some dating back to as early as the 11th century.
• Pay homage to the three main shrines, dedicated to the reigning Hindu Gods of Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara.
• Stay behind to catch a performance of the traditional Barong Dance, conducted on the temple stage each evening.
• Explore the fares set out by the local artisans and craftsmen of Batuan village, and leave with a memento to carry back home.

How To Reach

Batuan Temple is situated in the heart of Batuan Village, adjacent to the main route between Denpasar and Ubud. To go to Batuan Temple, also known as Pura Puseh Batuan, take the bemo minibus from Batubulan or rent a scooter or vehicle. The ride to Batuan would take 20 minutes from Ubud, 40 minutes from Sanur and an hour or so from Seminyak.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit the Batuan Temple would be during the early evening hours. This way, one can not only avoid the hot sun in the midday and afternoon hours, but also linger back to watch the barong dance shows that are held in the evening.

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Other Essential Information

Tips for visiting Batuan Temple

  • Balinese temples require visitors to wear a sarong before entrance, and Batuan is no exception. If you’re not carrying this extra piece of cloth, you can always rent one from any of the stores at the village.
  • Be careful as you walk through the temple. Small offerings, called canang sari, are often left on the ground by worshippers to appease spirits. These can be easily overlooked if one is not careful.
  • While photography is not strictly prohibited, it is generally not welcome by the local Batuan folks, so take photos at your own discretion.

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Normal Timings:
09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
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09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Normal Timings:
09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Normal Timings:
09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Normal Timings:
09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Normal Timings:
09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Normal Timings:
09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Point of Interest for Batuan Temple
Monkey Forest:

Monkey Forest:

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, or the Monkey Forest, as it is better known, is a special protected area outside Batuan, home to over 700 friendly monkeys. The Forest is home to three Hindu shrines and a village school as well.

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Tegenungan Waterfall:

Tegenungan Waterfall:

Located a short while outside Batuan, Tegenungan is a natural watery oasis. The waterfall emerges into a small pool at the bottom, which can be a great spot for a quick dip on hot days. The cascade flows best during the rainy months, although it is best to avoid the waterfall during heavy showers.

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Blanco Renaissance Museum:

Blanco Renaissance Museum:

Set high above the Campuhan Valley, this is a must-see for all art aficionados visiting Bali. The artwork, created exclusively by Filipino artist Don Antonio Blanco, is a wonderful way to observe Bali's beautiful scenery through the eyes of a gifted artist. There is a gift store, a beautiful garden area, and a wonderful cafe where you may spend a pleasant day with friends.

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Batuan Temple FAQs

Does the Batuan Temple have a dress code?

While the Batuan Temple does not have a dress code, it is recommended that visitors wear clothes that cover knees and shoulders. The sarong however, is mandatory, and can be rented from any of the nearby stores.

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What are the timings for the Batuan Temple?

The Batuan Temple remains open between 09.00 AM and 06.00 PM on all days of the week.

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What are the things that I can buy from the Batuan Temple markets?

The Batuan temple markets generally sell art and craftwork designed by locals. These include batik cloth, Batuan paintings, statuettes and figurines, and the likes.

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Do I need to pay a fee to enter the temple?

The Batuan temple entry is free of cost, and does not require one to purchase a ticket.

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