Only one and a half kilometers
northwest of Celuk is Singapadu (from singha-padu
meaning 'two lions'). In the center of the village
sits a huge banyan tree and a 'pura desa'. Next
to the temple is the main 'puri', home of an old
ally of the ruler of Sukawati who together with
his liege lord defeated the Kingdom of Mengwi in
the 19th century.
Singapadu today is known primarily for its consummate
maskmakers, notably I Wayan Tangguh, Cokorda Raka
Tisnu, I Wayan Teguh, Nyoman Juala and I Wayan Tedun.
The price depending on the style and type of wood
used. Tedun's son, Made Hartawan, and Ketut Muja
and Wayan Pugeg also do high-caliber work.
They sell 'topeng' at good prices, perfect for
souvenir purchases. In Teguh's workshop is a big
collection of all the principle characters in Balinese
'topeng' theater, some of the finest specimens on
the island. Barong masks are still made in Singapadu's
palace Singapadu is also renowned for its 'gong
saron', an archaic and somber seven-tone 'gamelan'
played only at funerals. It's found only in Banjars
Seseh and Apuan.
Singapadu's sacred ensemble 'gamelan luang' is
a rare mixture of bronze and bamboo instruments.
Singapadu is also noteworthy for its accomplished
Barong performers, in Banjar Sungguan and Arja singers