Walls of Thousands Faces: Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppet


33761305_photos-by-brunojadurand-copyEstablished in 2006, Museum Setia Darma is dedicated to showcase the variety of masks and puppets from Indonesia and abroad. The place might look small, but don’t let that deceive you, Setia  Darma House of Mask and Puppets have the title as the museum with the most diverse collections of mask and puppets in the world. With total of 1200 masks from several countries including Indonesia, South Africa, Japan and a hefty amount of 4700 puppets from Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Korea. There are no charging fees for everyone who wishes to enter the Setia Darma.

Situated in the village Kemenuh – Sukawati, south of Ubud, Setia Darma is built on ten thousand square meters of land surrounded by beautiful rice fields. Inside the gate, you’ll find three antique Javanese houses, called joglo, which have been taken from Central- and East Java and has been rebuilt for the purpose of displaying of the collection of masks and puppets.

The main purpose of the Setia Darma Museum is to inspire people to learn about the culture of the past for the benefit of the present and future life.