Hello from Bali! Hope you have a good day. If talking about Bali is the island of thousand temples and the beautiful scenery nature and also the friendly people. Bali has unique thing can we explain when holiday in Bali especially in traditional village. Bali village and the unique tradition is the favorite thing by the tourist. Bali is also famous by handicraft and the souvenir and YES! Tourist attraction, well today I would like to inform you the one of the favorite tourist attraction in Bali and here you can have much benefit. Here is it!
Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppet is a place of thousands Nusantara’s mask and puppet as well as from some other countries in Asia and Africa. This unique place often called as RTWSD, located in Tengkulak Tengah, Gianyar Regency, Bali. Beside for family tourist destination and culture, RTWSD also built as preservation effort of education, entertainment, and development mask and puppet art.
Occupying a land area of 1.4 hectares, this house had 7000 collection consisting of 1300 masks from Indonesia, Africa, and Japan. Meanwhile, for the puppet collection was recorded approximately 5,700 puppets from Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Mianmar, and Cambodia, and the number of collections will be growing over time given the seriousness of the host to preserve the culture of masks and puppets.
The collection that displayed at RTWSD nowadays is only a half of total collected items. By the complete version of collection, the existence of this house is really important to preserve and see the history of mask and puppet. Especially when considering the art of masks and puppets increasingly displaced by modern entertainment.
This building become a storage place of mask and puppet, also adopted Balinese architecture principles. There were also Javanese traditional building such as Joglo, Tekuk Lulang, and Limasan. Complete with tropical garden, grass field, and rice field landscape that increase natural shades of this place. There is a hall which becoming supporting facility at RTWSD.
At RTWSD also often held some events that show cultural themes such as puppet performance and some traditional dances of Indonesia and foreign country. Aside of that, this place have ever held world puppet festival that followed by various countries.
The existence of Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppet confirmed Gianyar as a world-famous art area. RTWSD visited by common people, students, and observer of mask and puppet, also those researchers.