Speaking about the art and cultural center of Bali Island with the comfortable atmosphere, you will be agreed with this favorite tourist destination. Located in Gianyar, Bali, Ubud offers art and culture stages with a variety of wonderful natural sight and high quality Balinese handicrafts.
Surrounded by natural environment, this region is an inspiration source for many artists, not only local artist but also foreign artists, especially European artists. As a place where art and culture are highly respected, in various parts of the village you can find a lot of art galleries, music and dance performance which alternately held every night.
Stand among the forests, mountain ravines and rice fields, Ubud definitely will treat you with the beautiful and wonderful of scenery and atmosphere. It is the perfect place to find peace and tranquility, where you can retreat from tedious routine of your city life.
There is a lot of quality spa and restaurants where you can spoil your body and mind, that will make you feel relaxed and satisfied. Take a walk through the green view of rice fields, look at the exotic work of arts, mingle with friendly local people and see Balinese woman walking towards to the temple elegantly while balancing a pile of offerings of fruit on her head.
All of that is just a piece of unforgettable memories that can be captured when you visiting this peaceful and beautiful place. If you are interested in learning a variety of Balinese arts, you already in the right path. Ubud is the right spot to learn painting, sculpture or even traditional Bali dance.
There are a lot of interesting place to visit while you spend your time in Ubud. Start from visiting Tirta Empul temple within just 15 km and you will feel like go back to ancient times and see the heritage ancient Bali kingdom. In here, you will find a group of temple which is a Tirta Empul sacred hot fountain.
Within 8 km from this temple, you can visit Pejeng, which has a museum, temple and a very large prehistoric drums called “Bulan Pejeng”. Complete the experience with visiting the archaeological site Bedudu, which is only 3 km.
Come and see Goa Gajah (Gajah cave), which is located approximately about 1 km from Teges. A legend said that Goa Gajah was created from a giant nail. This place probably was built during Majapahit era in 11th century.
Goa Gajah was rediscovered in the 1920s by Dutch archaeologists. However, the bathing place was not found until 1950s. There is an interested fact to notice, the entrance to this cave was carved in the Satan shape. Decorated with Ganesha statues in the inside, there is a bathing pool with flowing water and local people believed that this water can make you look younger.
Enjoy the cultural performances and events such as Kecak dance, Legong and Barong dance, which held frequently every week. Besides that, there are also Ramayana and Mahabharata classical dance drama and Balinese “Wayang kulit” with Gamelan performance.
In addition, you can stroll down to the cool and dense forests at Monkey Forest to see hundreds of monkeys that inhabited this region for hundreds of years. In this forest, you can explore three sacred ancient temple.
Visit the Dalem Agung temple, which is well known as “Temple of the dead”, you can see a place just like the one that exists in the adventure movie. In the entrance of inner temple there is an drawing of Rangda devoured the children.
Built in the early of 20th century, this sacred temple has an artistic and antique architecture and ornaments. You can also found the sacred springs under the hidden Komodo statue, this water is believed to cure all kinds of diseases.
For those adventurous people, you can try to pumping your adrenaline by rafting and on Ayung river, which is located in the west of Ubud. Along the river, you can find the appealing natural scenery and dozens of five-star hotel, this river also offers the other outdoor activities such as golf and kayak.
To complete your journey in Ubud, visit Rudana Museum. This museum have more than 400 pieces of paintings and sculpture. These work arts are made not only by Bali artists but also foreign artists who felt Bali as their work place.
There is also Puri Lukisan museum which established in 1956 under Ratna Warta foundation. In this museum, you can enjoy the development of Ubud art, both painting and sculpture art. Take a look several work arts from foreign artists such as Rudolf Bonnet, Walter Spies, Arie Smit and local artists such as I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, I Gusti Made Deblog, Ida Bagus Made, and many other artist.
If you want to go to Ubud, no need to worry because there is various means of transportation available to go there. If you decide to go straight to Ubud from Ngurah Rai international airport you can use taxi within 35 km. To reach it you can also rent a car or just go by bus from Denpasar. It is approximately 1.5 hours drive from Kuta.
There a lot of people that initially come only for one or two days, but they eventually stay longer, diffuse in its amazing beauty and culture. In fact, Ubud is a place where Elizabeth Gilbert found peace and love as written in her best seller book, “Eat, Pray and Love”. The book was filmed, presenting famous actress Julia Robert and Indonesia senior actress Christin Hakim. Come and feel the experience!
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