Located at Jalan Tegal Bingin, Sukawati, the Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets is one of worth to visit place during your stay in Bali. Consists of around 6900 collection, of which 1300 Indonesia, Africa, and Japan masks; and other 5700 are puppets from Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia (mostly the collections are from Indonesia).
The House of Masks and Puppets itself covers more than 1 hectare of land surrounded by traditional Balinese village and rice fields. The land provides a wide range of facilities, including tropical garden, exhibition rooms, performance buildings, and a Balinese house.
The collections of the House of Masks and Puppets are housed in four different traditional Javanese antique houses or commonly known as Joglo. These unique Joglos are mostly originated from East and Middle Java. They are made out of good quality teak wood, and have been put up to help keep their preservation.
The acquisition of various masks and puppets from other countries which shown in the House of Masks and Puppets is intended to make the visitors get additional learning, appreciation, and understanding of other cultures.
The House of Masks and Puppets was initiated by Mr. Hadi Sunyoto in 2006, a businessman and cultural enthusiast, who has been collecting masks and puppets from different regions in Indonesia for the past seven years. They also have additional facilities such as conference hall, tropical garden, exhibition rooms, performance buildings, Balinese house, wedding venue, theater, discussion room, coffee shop and appreciation as well as an amphitheater with a capacity of 500 people.
(wohoo.. good news, the distance is only 30 mins by car from Munari Resort and Spa Ubud ^_^)
For further info, you may contact :
Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets Bali – Kubu Bingin Cultural Village
Jl. Tegal Bingin, Banjar Tengkulak Tengah
Kemenuh Village, Sukawati,
Phone +62 361 977404 / +62 8176022234
(sources and images from google.com)