Welcome to Batubulan
The start of the main road to Ubud from south Bali is lined with outlets for stone sculptures – stone carving is the main craft of Batubulan (moonstone). Workshops are found right along the road to Tegaltamu, with another batch further north around Silakarang. Batubulan is the source of the stunning temple-gate guardians seen all over Bali. The stone used for these sculptures is a porous grey volcanic rock called paras, which resembles pumice; it's soft and surprisingly light. It also ages quickly, so that 'ancient' work may be years rather than centuries old.
Batubulan is also a centre for making 'antiques', textiles and woodwork, and has numerous craft shops.