Ubud Bali is well-known as the center of Bali art and culture tourism since many years. This area interest the tourist who amazed with Bali art and culture. Not only have the arts and cultures, but also some tourism objects.
You will not find some beaches just like you will find it in Seminyak, Sanur or Kuta area, but you will find a peaceful life, a great collection of handicraft art shop, famous silver handmade to export overseas. Furthermore it is the best place for you to retreat.
Around the city, you can visit Pura, Museum, or Art and Handicraft center. It will easy for you to find budget inn with nice service here. The best restaurant serves the best cuisine you can find here also. The last few years, Ubud grow up fast as tourism city. Last time, Ubud was a small city then it grows and wider after Campuan, Penestanan, Padangtegal, Peliatan and Pengosekan joined as Ubud area. As the other city in Indonesia, Ubud also has some urban affairs, like traffic jam and unarranged city.
However, you will relax and enjoy the silent city here. At night, you can hear frog sound from the wet rice field in civil resident.
Ubud's people has a friendly attitude and it can make tourist who lived in this place also become friendly. In their life they have more patience and more respect to everybody in there.
The most famous place could be Monkey Forest Ubud street, which is also exist for a place of interest called Monkey Forest. In this sacred forest you will find many of monkeys. Do not worry to interact with them as they are gentle. Another place that you should stop by when in Ubud is Bebek Bengil. Usually it is a good place for you to have lunch. The menu mainly from the ducks.
WHAT TO DO IN UBUD
Sungai Ayung (Ayung river) is a popular location in Bali to conduct a rafting by using boat. Ubud is an enjoying place for those who love rafting. You can find the rafting operator in Ubud and one of them is Bali Adventure Tour, which serves rafting service tracing Sungai Arung with tariff from $42 to $66.
You can rent a bicycle at some places of interest in Ubud. It also can be rent at some shops, hotels, or tourism agent, especially those which is located at Jl Monkey Forest, one of them is Kememai Bike Rental.
The finest way to enjoy all of the beauty of Ubud is by conducting trekking, an activity to walk on along various beautiful places that can not be reached by public transportation. There are some places which are difficult to be reached, even if you drive a private vehicle. You can contact travel agents in Ubud serving a guide who can guide you to conduct trekking. Almost all of travel operators supply guides with various tariffs.
WHERE TO SHOP IN UBUD
Available for the handicraft in gold, silver and jewel, or precious stone. The original creation of the handicraft made by the team of Gemala Jewelry. The location is at Jl. Pengosekan Ubud.
Ubud Art Market
Various hand made such as statue, handicraft, beads, Balinese clothes, are available here. Location: Central Ubud.
Tegalalang village is an area where the Gianyar artists, market their products. All the way road along Tegalalang we can find many things of the handicraft such as interior, furniture, Balinese beads and many more.
Walking around the center of Ubud town, you will find many stores selling many things of silver, painting from the local artist, and many more.
Sukawati Art Market & Guwang Art Market
Both of these art market specially designed to sell the items in very cheap price. All things of the products can be found here. Mostly the local tourist will be attend to these market. One important rule in here: Always bargain!
UBUD PLACES OF INTEREST
Monkey Forest Ubud
Jl. Monkey Forest aiming to the south will meet Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana or usually called with Monkey Forest Sanctuary. In this city forest region which lies in the edge of a hill, there are three holy Hindu temples; one of them is Pura Dalem Agung.
This complex temple is inhabited by amount of monkeys which always wait for foods given by visitors. Be careful with those animals because they can get angry if the visitors do not give things that they want.
Ubud has amount of temples which you can visit, such as Pura Palace and Puri Saren Agung which are next to each other in the heart of Ubud city. Its location is in the corner, which is between Jl Raya Ubud and Jl Suweta. Both of the temples are built in 1917 and they have many ornaments in each part of their buildings.
In the northern part of the temples, there is another temple named Pura Marajan Agung (Jl. Suweta). This temple having beautiful gate is a private temple for the King Ubud family. The other temple is Pura Desa ubud which is located at jl. Raya Ubud. This temple is a temple used by Ubud community.
Pura Taman Saraswati
Pura Taman Saraswati which is located at Jl Raya Ubud has an interesting atmosphere. The water stream from a location behind the temple to a pond before adored by various kind of blossom lotus. In this location, there is a carving of Dewi Saraswati statue; the art and wise goddess, who gives blessing to this temple. Here, there is dance performance every week.
UBUD AND ROUND UP
Ubud is a Bali culture. In Ubud and its round up place we can find the finest handicraft, mask and statue produced by the local. Also in Ubud, it is the finest retreat place in Bali. Travelling around these area by Bali car rental would be very recommended as you can go anywhere anytime and everywhere you like.
Batuan is the center of the paint art, you will meet some of Gallery here. The traditional painters here usually use black ink for painting. Today, the new style exploited. They produce painting on many kind of idea on one canvas. Not only for the new style, but they also painting modern idea like paint a surfer taking the action, tourist make a photograph, etc. Here, you also will see the center of wood carved handicrafts. In every full moon, the old Bali traditional dance performs in Pura Puseh.
Mas is the center of wood carved handicraft, especially wood mask. Not only wood mask, Mas also the center of carved furniture like table and chair. They use hardwood tree as the raw. You will meet some of art stores along your trip to Mas. Mostly, the customers are a tourist group by bus. Beside the one at the main street, the stores are also situated at the housing where it is far enough from the main street. The big and popular stores here, mostly shows several of the finest Bali handicraft.
There are two places that you can visit in Blahbatuh. First is the Pura Gadung. It has the head statue from stone and 1 meter height which is known as the picture of Kebo Iwa On the legend he is a strong man and occupy as the minister of Bedulu Kingdom. It is proofed when Gajah Mada, Mahapatih of Majapahit Kingdom, aware that he can not overpower the Bedulu Kingdom. It was a powerful kingdom when Kebo Iwa still alive. Because of that, Gajah Mada asked Kebo Iwa to go to Java and asked somebody to kill him.
The head statue is very old, but the Pura is the imitation of the original of Pura Gadung which shattered by the earthquake at 1917.
The second is Tegenungan Water Fall or Srog Srogan Water fall, at Petanu River, it is located about 2 kilometers at southwest of Blahbatuh. You can find the best water fall view by following the clue at Kemenuh.
Bona is located between Gianyar and Blahbatuh. It is known as the beginning of Kecak dance. It is usually performed together with the other dances in Bona, but it is rarely perform again for tourist today. Mostly the tourists come from Ubud by travel agent. Bona also known as the center of plait basket and the others leaf of Palmyra palm plait.
Belega, near Bona, is the center of bamboo furniture. The workshops full by bamboo chair, table, bed, and wardrobe which usually use by many hotel in Bali.
UBUD PAINT ART
Ubud is the center of paint art in Bali. Many of local artist painting is hunted by painting collector from overseas. They will buy in a very expensive price if they like the painting much. If you want to buy the best painting of Bali, you must visit here. The growing of painting here was influenced by western painters who come to Bali and stay at Ubud in 1930s invited by Cokorda Gede Sukawati, like Walter Spies, Colin McPhee and Rudolf Bonnet.
Before they are coming, Bali traditional paintings are mostly show in Pura. It is a limited idea and style. Most the painting pictures Hindu and literature legends. The painting use Wayang style, it imitates Wayang Kulit performance, two dimensions with limited colors.
The coming of western artist here had been made a change. The Ubud artists begin to paint singular view and decrease narration painting. The other change is about the theme and idea, they begin to paint a daily activities in community.
The important thing is they not only show the painting in Pura, but also in Museum and the others. The museums that you can visit for enjoying the painting are Puri Lukisan Museum and Neka Museum.
Ubud Tourism Information
To find complete information about Ubud, you can visit Yayasan Bina Wisata, Raya ubud Street, and Ubud Palace which open at 08.00-18.00. The officer is friendly and will answer all your question about art events in Ubud, included the dancing performance schedule, traditional ceremony schedule, etc. You can buy the ticket here, if you interest for enjoying the dancing performance.
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