Bali island is a tourist destination; apart from being famous for its beaches, volcanoes, and terraced rice fields, it is also renowned for its arts and culture. One of the Balinese arts and cultures often sought after by domestic and international tourists while on vacation to Bali is watching the Balinese Barong dance show.
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Especially on this page, we will write for you about the art of Balinese Barong dance and everything you must understand before watching. The knowledge that you will discover on this page such as;
- Types of Barong Dance in Bali.
- Barong Ket.
- The story of the Balinese Barong Ket Dance.
- Locations for Watching Barong Ket dance in Bali.
- Barong Ket Bali Dance Show Ticket Prices.
Types of Balinese Barong Dance
Balinese Barong dance is not only one style, but there are several varieties of Bali Barong dance. In Bali, there are various types of Barong dance. The most famous are the Barong Ket dance and the Barong Bangkung dance. Here are some varieties of Balinese Barong dance;
- Barong Ket. Barong Ket dance is the most famous of all types of Barong dances in Bali. When you watch Barong dance, most likely you are watching Barong Ket dance. Furthermore, Barong Ket resembles a Lion, and Barong Ket represents goodness in the story.
- Barong Bangkal or known as Barong Bangkung. The form of Barong Bangkal resembles a wild boar.
- Then Barong Macan is shaped like a tiger.
- Barong Asu dance, this Barong resembles a Dog, and this type of Barong Asu dance is scarce in Bali. It is only staged in certain areas in Bali.
- Barong Landung Dance. The shape of Barong Landung resembles a human. It is usually staged between a male-faced Barong and a female-faced Barong.
- Then Barong Gajah. True to its name, this Barong resembles an Elephant and is very rare on the island of Bali.
Of Bali’s Barong dances, the most famous is the Barong Ket dance. Almost all Barong dance performances in Bali will show the Barong Ket dance.
The shape of Barong Ket resembles a lion and symbolizes goodness. Barong Ket’s body is covered with a material that resembles fur and is very thick. In addition, Barong’s Ket body is decorated with jewelry and tiny mirrors.
To perform the Balinese Barong Ket Dance, two male dancers are needed. One dancer is in the front, and one is at the back. The dancers at the show are in charge of dancing the head and front legs of the Barong. At the same time, the second dancer on the back is dancing the tail and hind legs.
Barong Ket Dance Story
Calonarang is one of the popular forms of folklore in Bali. Calonarang’s novel tells the war between the good represented by Mpu Baradah against the evil represented by a widow named Calonarang. The staging of the Barong Ket dance in Bali usually takes part in the story of Calonarang.
What symbols are found in the Barong dance? Barong Ket symbolizes goodness. Then the antagonistic figure to play the evil role is Rangda which in the Javanese language means Widow.
In the staging of the Barong Ket dance drama, some men will attack Rangda using a Keris (Balinese traditional dagger). However, due to Rangda’s magic, the attackers get hypnotized and attack themselves with the sword.
Then Barong Ket fought against Rangda and Barong Ket managed to defeat Rangda. Then Barong Ket restores the awareness of the male attacker from the influence of Rangda’s magic.
Location for Watching Balinese Barong Ket Dance
Now, where is the location to watch the Balinese Barong dance?
Watching the Barong dance in Bali is not difficult because several tourist areas in Bali perform the Balinese Barong dance every day. The following are the names of regions that perform the Balinese Barong dance every day;
- Batubulan village in Gianyar district.
- Tanah Kilap, Pemongan Denpasar.
In addition to Batubulan and the Tanah Kilap area of Denpasar, Balinese Barong dance performances are available at Ubud. However, in Ubud, it is not every day that there are Balinese Barong dance performances.
To see the schedule for the Barong dance in Ubud, please click the link. Especially on this page, I will write about the Balinese Barong dance, which was performed at Batubulan and Tanah Kilap Denpasar.
1. Batubulan Village
Batubulan is an art village located in the Sukawati sub-district, Gianyar Regency.
If your hotel location is near Ubud Royal Palace, getting to Batubulan village will require 30 minuted drive within a 12-kilometer distance.
Batubulan Barong Dance Show Time
Barong dance performances in Batubulan Bali are staged every day. Also, for the Barong dance performance in Batubulan, only perform Barong Ket.
The Batubulan Barong dance performance starts at 09:30 am. So you have to get up early to watch the Barong Batubulan dance performance.
The place where the Barong Batubulan dance is performed uses a stage that has a Balinese architectural design.
2. Tanah Kilap, Pemongan Denpasar
In addition to Batubulan village, in the Tanah Kilap Pemogan area, Denpasar, there is also a location for the Barong Ket dance performance. The location for the Barong Tanah Kilap dance performance is at Jalan Griya Anyar No. 25B, Pemogan, Denpasar, Bali.
The location of Pemongan is in the tourist area of southern Bali. Therefore, tourists who want to watch the Barong dance not far from their hotel location will choose to watch the Tanah Kilap Pemogan barong dance.
Suppose you depart from the Garuda Wisnu Kencana culture park heading to the Tanah Kilap Pemogan barong dance location. In that case, it only takes 14 kilometers with a travel time of 30 minutes.
Tanah Kilap Barong Dance Performance Time
The Tanah Kilap barong dance performance time is available daily, from 09:30 – 10:30 am.
For the staging background with Balinese architecture, at the same time, the audience will sit in the multi-level seating area. The audience seating area is also covered with a roof.
Barong Ket Bali Dance Show Ticket Prices
|Staging Location||Publish Price||Online Price|
|Tanah Kilap||IDR 150.000/person||IDR 100.000|
To book Barong dance tickets, either at Batubulan or Tanah Kilap Denpasar, don’t hesitate to contact our service department at +62 812 3615 8243 or +62 822 4714 8222 (WhatsApp ready).
Description of Bali Barong Dance Ticket Prices
- The published price is the price of the Barong dance ticket you will get if you buy the barong dance ticket at the staging location.
- The online price is the price of the Barong dance ticket you will get if you buy it through us (Wira Tour Bali).
- The price listed on the table is for one person.
Transportation to Location
Suppose you want to watch the Balinese barong dance. In that case, you will need transportation facilities to get to the staging location.
There are two categories of road transportation in Bali: public transport and private vehicle. The types of public transportation available in Bali are online taxis, meter taxis, and scooter taxis. It is easier to find in the southern Bali area for public transit.
If you stay in southern Bali and watch the Barong dance performance at Tanah Kilap, utilizing a taximeter is one of the best transportation alternatives.
If you want to watch the Barong dance in Batubulan, utilizing a taximeter will make transportation costs expensive. The location of Batubulan is far from the tourist areas of Kuta, Seminyak, or Ubud.
Due to the limited availability of public transportation, most tourists use private transport to travel to Bali. Bali has two personal transportation options: a motorbike or a car.
Travelers who want to conserve transportation expenses on the island of Bali prefer to ride a scooter.
The best way to find a motorbike rental provider in Bali is through search engines like Google. On Google page one, there are many motorbike rental service providers.
Scooter rental prices in Bali depend on the type of motorbike and the year of assembly of the scooter. Bali’s average scooter rental price is IDR 75,000/24 hours without fuel.
Bali Car Rental
In addition to motorbikes, tourists who go on family vacations in Bali prefer to use cars for transportation in Bali. There are two car rental alternatives in Bali: self-drive car rental and Bali renting a car with a driver.
Like motorbike rentals, the best way to find rental car services in Bali is to use Google.
For car rental rates on the island of Bali, it depends on the type of car you want to drive. For example, the Avanza rental price in Bali is around IDR 300,000/24 hours without fuel.
Rent Car With Driver
Travelers who want comfortable and car cleanliness are constantly maintained, preferring to hire a car in Bali with a driver. For example, the rental price for a Toyota Innova Reborn in Bali with a driver is IDR 600,000 / 12 hours without fuel.
Suppose your vacation in Bali for more than seven people. In that case, looking for a minibus rental in Bali is a good idea. There are two minibusses available in Bali: Isuzu ELF and Toyota Hiace.
Then how do you get inexpensive transportation to the location of the Batubulan Barong dance performance? When you are on vacation in Bali, you don’t just want to watch the barong dance. Therefore, utilizing a car rental with a driver in Bali is the best way to save on transportation costs.
After watching the barong dance in Batubulan, you can ask the driver you hired to take you to other attractions. Moreover, Batubulan is very close to the Sukawati art market, Ubud Monkey Forest, and the Tegalalang rice terraces.
Kecak Dance Performances In Bali
In addition to the Barong dance, the island of Bali is also famous for the Balinese Kecak dance. Kecak dance is very famous because of its exoticism of the dance. In Bali, there are three places to watch the Balinese Kecak dance, namely:
- Uluwatu Kecak Dance.
- Ubud Kecak Dance.
- Then, the Kecak dance at GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana).
The Uluwatu temple is the most famous place for the Kecak dance performance in Bali. Besides being performed every day, the Kecak dance at Uluwatu temple has a sunset background. Hence it looks very exotic and colorful.