Sometimes, Bali hides treasures in the most improbable places, such as tiny villages rich in history and culture. Such is the case with Kamasan, famous for being the centre where an ancient traditional painting style has its origins, so important that it became the official artistic style for various royal courts. The Kamasan style is inspired by episodes of epic Hindu poems visually depicted by the wayang, the puppets used in shadow theatre. A famous example of this painting style is in the ceiling of 267 panels of the Kerta Gosa, the ancient pavilion of the Royal Palace of Klungkung. The paintings of Kamasan, created as public works in collaboration with various artists are pieces which often remain anonymous. Today, it is still possible to see the work of great living masters. The tradition was passed down from generation to generation and guarded as a treasure and throughout the village one can visit studios, observing the creation of contemporary works while learning trade secrets.
Located within a large forest of nutmeg trees, Pura Bukit Sari was built in the 17th century as a meditation temple by the son of the King of Mengwi. It is certainly an evocative place, especially at dawn, when the monkeys come down from the trees to feed while the rays of the early morning sun filter through the tree canopy.
Pura Sada Kapal: the temple that changes for faith and for the ages
The vicissitudes linked to its destruction due to an earthquake and its reconstruction due to the faith of the inhabitants of the village in which it is located, make it a place with a fascinating and unique history and appearance.