Ubud is famous as an arts center in Bali. European artist Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet settled here in the 1930's. Since then artists from around the world have come to Ubud to create works of art in the beautiful surroundings. Ubud is now one of the major tourist destinations in Bali. Ubud is 1 hour and 30 minutes from the airport. The main intersection is the junction of Monkey Forest Road and Ubud's main road, Jalan Raya Ubud. Beautiful rice terraces climbing the steep hillside, with tropical rain forest in the river valleys provides a picturesque setting.
If you came to Bali to experience the culture and also to have a home base that is central to the rest of the island, Ubud is where you want to stay.
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UBUD offers a variety of experiences. Here are a few of my favorite things to do in Ubud.
Pura Gunung Lebah: This serene temple is located in a beautiful valley between the Ceirik and Wos rivars. This temple is considered the birth place of Ubud and is 1.5 km west from the Ubud Market. In the 8th century a high priest from Java named Rsi Markendya meditated on the ground between the rivers and his followers built the temple. The surround hills were filled with medical herbs. Thus the name "Ubad" which means medicine. Tjampuan is considered a spiritual place by the Balinese for years and is a very tranquil and special place to visit. Take the ridge walk pass the temple into the hills of Bali.
Ubud Market place: Early morning visit to see the market over flow with sellers and buyers. Located at the main intersection in Ubud, this is actually two markets at the same location. At the traditional market the locals come early to buy fruit and vegetable and food's stuff and other everyday items. This market starts at dawn, sometimes earlier. This market has great photo opportunities as well as a chance to shop like the Balinese. The artistic market west of the Food Market opens at 8:00 am until about 6:00 pm and some stalls into the night. Here you can buy sarongs, baskets, woven place mats, wooden bowls and a selection of other Balinese handicrafts and souvenirs.
Balinese Dance performance: Dance and drama have played an important role in Balinese culture throughout the years. Through dance we can see how the Balinese look at nature, and how they regard their fauna and flora. The core of Balinese culture is dance and drama, which is traditionally performed during temple festivals. Dancers may be channeled by visiting gods or demons. Or they may perform to welcome or entertain the visiting gods. There is a performance almost every night in Ubud but Gamelan Semara Ratih this is my favorite group.
The Neka Museum: founded in 1976 by Suteja Neka a school teacher turned art collector. Beautiful garden house with a with an excellent collection of Balinese artists and foreign artist.
Puri Lukisan Musuem: opened in 1956 this museum just remodeled host paintings and wood carvings dating back to the 1930's in Bali
Monkey Forest: The Monkey Forest of Ubud is a very sacred Balinese Hindu site with a Balinese temple. One of the most popular tourist spots in Ubud if you like monkeys, but hold on to your belongings and don't feed them. I have heard of tourists getting bite out of your finger as well as a banana.