City of Ubud (Bali)

The city of Ubud is included to the province Bali and to the regency Gianyar

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Ubud, the cultural and artistic center of Bali

Ubud is a notable city of the Bali island in Indonesia. Between the islands of Java and Lombok, Bali has a culture of its own which has made its reputation. For a century, Ubud is the artistic and musical center of the island. The dense vegetation that surrounds it, the raw beauty of its temples and its luxury hotels attract both bohemians and hikers as well as demanding tourists. The city has retained its traditional face despite the urbanization that followed its expansion tourism. Ubud is an excellent starting point for the sites that visitors expect to discover on the island of Bali. The surrounding area is home to rice paddies, craft workshops, palaces and torrential rivers. If the main streets of the city are teeming with activity, it is at the heart of the streets that the animation is the densest. It's really worth trying to get lost in the middle of the city.

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The Princes of Bali

In the Middle Ages, Bali belonged to the Anak Wungsu Kingdom, between the rivers of Petanu and Pakerisan. The military hero Gajah Mada, at the head of the armed forces of the Javanese Majahapit dynasty, conquered the island in 1343. The Javanese then thought they had ousted the "vile, Balinese princes" with long hair "and have developed a refined culture on the island. Bali experienced a great cultural expansion under the Javanese yoke. Palaces and temples with delicate ornaments were built around Ubud at that time. But after the Islamization of the Majapahit Empire in the sixteenth century, the influence of the Javanese ended. Hindu priests then emigrate to the island, bringing with them their sacred texts and rites. The high priest Nirartha thus contributed to the religious growth of the city. The Gelgel kings took power and Bali experienced a real golden age. They erected sumptuous palaces in the eighteenth century. The finesse of their ornaments and the cultural richness of the life of the court were remarkable. The region of Ubud was the subject of many conflicts between the dynasties of Sukawati and Gianyar in the eighteenth century. When the Dutch colonized the island, these two royal houses united to try to counter the newcomers. Finally, the city passed into the hands of the Japanese during the Second World War and Indonesia proclaimed its independence in 1945.

Ubud, a unique religious center in the world

Life in Ubud revolves around religious rites. Balinese Hinduism remains very popular and there is even a religious revival centered on meditation and self-discovery through devotion. Each day is punctuated by the ritual ceremony of the offerings. Visitors can attend or participate in Balinese rites on holy days and feast days of temples, named odalan. The Balinese are very open and accept with pleasure to inform the foreigners about their customs. The temples are particularly peaceful when no ceremony takes place there. You can only go there if you are wearing a sarong, a piece of traditional rectangular fabric. Those who do not have one will be able to find for sale in front of the main temples. The Pura Desa Ubud Temple is the main place of worship of the city. This gently carved pyramidal stone mound is at the edge of a vast park. The Pura Puseh Temple is dedicated to the city's worthy ancestors. It is accessed by a monumental gate. At Pura Taman Saraswati, we discover a spectacular lotus lotus (padmasana in Balinese). The temple is dedicated to the dedication of education, literature and the arts. Finally, the Batur Sari temple is reached after a long trek in the mountains. On its feast day, a platform is erected in front of the temple and hosts many dance performances.

Ubud, princely residence

Ubud holds as much its reputation as a cultural center for its temples and palaces. The city has been royal for more than a century. His princes, named Tjorkorda or Agung, still live today in these sumptuous residences. The palaces are mainly around the crossroads of the market Bud. If the princes do not have official political power, they still enjoy great authority, which they hold only from their prestigious heresy. They still remain remarkable cultural and artistic centers. The palaces thus constitute the places of diffusion of the most ancestral Balinese traditions.

The palaces of Ubud

Puri Saren Agung Temple is the largest palace in Ubud. It stands at the heart of the central hub of the city. It was the residence of the last king of Ubud before the Dutch invasion and now houses the descendants of this prince. It forms the center of the city's palace network, which can be seen as extensions of Puri Saren Agung. Its gardens are decorated with wooden pavilions covered with gold leaves. The palace now hosts public dance performances and has been home to a small hotel since the 1930s. The palace includes an oriental wing, where you can find the Puri Bar, one of the most popular cafes. pleasant city. The western part of the palace is also converted into a hotel. The Puri Kantor Palace has a large park where bungalows perched in the trees welcome visitors. There is also a particularly popular espresso bar. This princely residence prides itself on a small and elegant hotel named Prada, a restaurant and a wine bar. In particular, there is a collection of old family automobiles and a stuffed tiger. Puri Saraswati Palace features a swimming pool, a cafe and a luxurious restaurant.

The cradle of wood carving

Ubud has many secular traditions of craftsmanship. The street that connects the sites of Peliatan to Pujung is particularly marked by many small workshops of engraving and carpentry. Near Ubud, around the village of Tegallalang, we discover the best wood carvers of the island. The traditional representations are those of animals, mainly elephants and tigers, as well as religious figures and dynasties. In addition to the wood carving, Bali is home to many products from weaving, engraving, basketry, jewelery and wrought iron work. Among the most typical crafts of the city, we focus on bone carving and coconut, on bamboo work and finally on the batik textile wonders. Artists and craftsmen often agree to create works on order or to modify objects already made. Holidaymakers will be able to give free rein to their imagination and bring back an authentic and unique memory. It should be noted that tour operators and drivers receive large commissions from artists when they take tourists to visit their shops. It is therefore recommended to go alone to these sites to enjoy the best price possible.

Excursions in the Balinese nature, between jungle and rice fields

Ubud is an ideal starting point for the natural wonders that surround it. Villages, rice fields, tropical gorges and green hills are all accessible to the public. Hikes are organized by several tour operators, but the discovery of sumptuous landscapes seems more profitable alone, armed with a map. A few thematic tours remain nonetheless particularly interesting. The botanical walk informs participants about the medicinal value of the many edible and fragrant plants in the Ubud region. Historical walks allow you to discover the villages of northern Campuan. The region is also accessible to the V.T.T. for the greatest happiness of the sportsmen. One of the most beautiful routes is the one that climbs up to Kintamani, on the crater of the Batur summit before descending peacefully to Ubud through multiple traditional villages. Finally, elephant rides are an indispensable part of the journey, as moving as it is educational.

A unique and traditional nightlife

Bali enjoys a quiet nightlife that comes to life at banjars. These are festivals that are organized to raise funds for a noble cause, such as the restoration of a temple or the establishment of a dance group. The festivities take place in the heart of the festival halls of the villages and in the open air until the end of the night. These are the only times of the year when discotheques are allowed in Bali and the participants fully benefit from them. Large signs and numerous decorations announce them at the entrance of each village.

Balinese gastronomy

Balinese gastronomy is discovered through the various restaurants and hotels of the city. However, it is recommended to specify that one wants to taste the daily cooking in order to taste the best dishes. The religious ceremonies also include large banquets prepared by the families of the city. These constitute a memorable experience. Food has a religious function to the extent that it is offered to the gods before it is consumed. Among the most emblematic dishes of Ubud, we discover the babi guling, spit-roasted suckling pig, the lawar, rag of spices, meat, vegetables, coconut and fresh pork blood, as well as the nasi campu, white rice served with peanuts, fish and very spicy condiments.

Ubud, sports city

Ubud is finally a paradise sport destination. The most adventurous will try rafting on the rapids of the region. Several companies organize many excursions where you discover the beauty of the jungle while escaping the tropical heat. There are courses for all levels. Inflatable boats can also be rented for walks on the most tranquil rivers. But the real national sport of Bali remains badminton. The inhabitants gather in the grounds of their village around 17:00 and the foreigners are invited to play. It should be noted, however, that the level is generally high.

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Weather in Ubud

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Local time and timezone in ubud

Ubud time
Timezone
UTC +8:00 (Asia/Makassar)
Summer time UTC +7:00
Winter time UTC +8:00

Figures

Country :
Indonesia
Locality :
Ubud
Administrative area 1 :
Bali
Administrative area 2 :
Gianyar
Country code :
ID
Latitude :
-8.5068536
Longitude :
115.2624778

Surrounding towns

  • North Kuta ~27.1 km
  • Tabanan ~25.0 km
  • Ubud ~1 m
  • Gianyar ~11.3 km
  • Abiansemal ~10.0 km
  • Semarapura ~21.5 km
  • Tegalalang ~8.7 km
  • Pajangan ~9.9 km
  • Sukawati ~13.0 km
  • Bangli ~23.0 km
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Getting to Ubud

Ubud is served by Ngurah Rai International Airport. A taxi stand is located to the right of the exit of the arrivals terminal. The fare in Ubud is fixed, it rises to 195,000 rp and lasts about an hour and a half. Drivers are reliable but do not always know the smallest hotels in the region, so be sure to get the exact address. All Ubud hotels, even the most modest, have drivers who come to greet visitors at the airport. Some cars belong to the hotel while other drivers work on their own. These last are cheaper. There are no buses or shuttle services between the airport and Ubud. The city itself does not have public transportation. The sites around Ubud can only be visited through tour operator companies. Most hotels have a shuttle that connects the city center. Their use incurs an additional cost. By tipping the driver, you can usually choose to go to another destination. Finally, many cars offer visitors to take them wherever they want. The city, however, knows a lot of traffic and it may seem enviable to rent a motorbike or discover it on foot to make the most of it.

Hotels in Ubud (Bali)

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Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa by L’OCCITANE

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The Payogan Villa Resort and Spa

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Champlung Sari Hotel Ubud

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The Ubud Village Resort & Spa

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Kamandalu Ubud

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Maya Ubud Resort & Spa

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The Mansion Resort Hotel & Spa

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Hotel Tjampuhan Spa

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The Royal Pita Maha

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Pita Maha Resort & Spa

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Alila Ubud

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Beji Ubud Resort

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Wapa di Ume Ubud

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Sri Ratih Cottages

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The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud