House of Mask & Puppets

Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets in Ubud, Bali the ideal spot for people who love eccentric destinations and unique sights and experiences to spend the day.

Setia Darma consists of about 1,300 masks and more than 5,000 puppets from around the region and world. Located in the Gianyar area, the museum is about a 45-minute drive from Denpasar and five minutes from central Ubud.

Visitors can explore the museum, meet with the manager and learn more about the pieces in the museum’s collection. The museum is divided into four houses. The first, Rumah Bhoma, features Balinese puppets and masks from local artisans in Bali. Rumah Senori showcases masks from across the country and region, including a Kethek Mengerling mask from Java and an interesting collection of masks from Japan, Africa, Italy and more. In the third house, Joglo Keben, there is a collection of classic puppets from Cirebon, Myanmar, Cambodia and China. In the last house, Joglo Bojonegoro, is a collection of Beber puppet dolls, Betawi puppets and puppets from around the region. One of the highlights is a puppet of US President Barack Obama in the last exhibition space.

There is also an open field, a tropical Balinese garden and a beautiful performance stage. Cultural and historical communities from around the world come to Setia Darma to see the collection of masks and puppets or to put on performances.

Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets
Kubu Bingin Cultural Village
Jl. Tegal Bingin, Sukawati, Gianyar
Bali – Indonesia
Phone. +62 361 977 404
www.setiadarma.org

Text & Photos by Dennis Latif