Where to go in Ubud?
Ubud, the art center of Bali offers many beautiful and interesting places to visit. Below are some “a must visit place” in Ubud out of dozens interesting places there.
Puri saren is Ubud’ s main palace, lies on the northeast comer of the town main crossroads facing the market, the exact center of Ubud, 200 m east Pura Saraswasti. This is an elegant palace with cool nuance. Puri Saren Agung is the palace of the Sukawatis dynasty, the ruling family of Ubud since late of 19th century. Visitors are free to roam in inner courtyard of the palace to see the ornate thatched Bale (traditional house), royal heirlooms, and numerous colonial-era photographs.
Pura Saraswati is the royal temple of Ubud. Situated near the Puri Saren Agung, behind the Cafe Lotus. The temple is a masterpiece of I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. The visitors can find a magnificent lotus pond, beautiful garden, numerous of beautifully carved Bale and shrines. This temple is dedicated to the goddess of learning, Dewi Saraswati.
The Monkey Forest
Monkey Forest is a charming, cool piece of jungle with beautiful cave like Pura Dalem (death temple) embraced by the roots and a holy spring. As its name suggests the Monkey forest is inhabited by avaricious grey monkey. At the top of the hill the visitors will find a cemetery occupied by the members of families who have not performed the Ngaben ceremony for the deceased yet. The visitors can also see the well known statue of Rangda (queen of witch) devouring children in the Pura Dalem.
Puri Lukisan is the “Painting Palace” of Ubud but this museum not just offers beautiful painting but also magnificent statues, a nice place to relax while enjoying beautiful work of art. A relative small museum with three large building set in exquisite garden fountain of fountains, flowering shrubs, beautiful statues and ponds. These three building set serve as a gallery pavilion. Situated in north of the main road, reached by crossing a river gully. The overall view ofPuri Lukisan is befitting a palace, a very nice place to visit.
Neka Museum is situated one km north of Campuan with traditionally designed compound of four galleries containing the works of great Balinese artists from all periods of painting developments in Bali. The works of great painters such as Gusti Nyoman Lempad, Ida Bagus Made, Anak Agung Gede Sobrat, Kebot, Nyoman Gunarsa, Walter Spies, Rudolph Bonnet, Arie Smit, and Affandi can be found here.
Museum Rudana is a three stories building situated in Teges, contains a collections worth seeing from traditional painter such as Lempad up to modem one such as Affandi.
I Gusti Nyoman Lempad’s House
Lempad’s house on Jalan Raya Ubud, on the north side of the road in the center of Ubud is open to public, mainly used as a gallery for group artists including Lempad’s grandchildren. There are few Lempad’s works here but his grandchildren turn out some excellent works.
Blanco’s house is situated near Campuan suspension bridge. A superbly theatrical house contains the works of Antonio Blanco.