What are the great things from Ubud?

March 31, 2020
What are the great things from Ubud

Photo source: Niklas Weiss

Once you search everything about Bali on the Internet, you will see ‘Ubud’ as part of it. You will get familiar with this place once you have come to Bali. But do you know what great things that you can find in Ubud? Well read on and you will get the answers in this article!

‘Ubud’ comes from the Balinese language “ubad,” which means medicine, and is located in Gianyar. It was obtained during a ritual journey by a priest named Rsi Markandeya. During his trip, many of his followers were sick but then healed after doing self-purification at Wos Campuhan River.

Like other villages in Bali, Ubud also has something special that characterized it and makes it become a famous place. Here are things that make it memorable:


The house of artists - Balinese painting

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The house of artists

One thing that differentiates Ubud with other places in Bali is the arts and culture with so many famous painters, such as Gusti Nyoman Lempad (1862-1978) and Anak Agung Gde Sobrat (1919-1992). Their popularity inspired western artists such as Rudolf Bonnet (Netherland) and Walter Spies (German) to stay in Ubud. 

Ubud has become increasingly famous as the birthplace of artists due to the collaboration between Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati and Rudolf Bonnet to build an artist association named Pita Maha. In general, artists prefer quiet places to create great works. Therefore, many artists fell in love with this place, got inspired, and even decided to live in Ubud. One of them is Don Antonio Blanco, an artist from Spain. He chose to live in Ubud, got married to a traditional Balinese dancer, and built the Antonio Blanco Museum, which becomes a tourist destination nowadays. 

The great things from Ubud - Barong

Barong – Photo by Gung Abi

Ubud is well-known for its traditional dance and music. If you’re around Ubud, it’s easy to find a place to watch Balinese dance since most tourist destinations and temples hold the performances every day. But you should check the schedules out on the internet first to make sure which places and what time you want to go. 

If you are an art enthusiast, Ubud is the right place to visit and learn about the arts. There is also a traditional art market where you can see many kinds of art stuff at an affordable price. Ubud traditional art market is open from 06.00 am until 06.00 pm. 


The life concept - Tri Hita Karana

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The life concept

The concept of Balinese life is Tri Hita Karana. It is a traditional philosophy for life that has the three causes of well-being. Those causes are:

  1. Harmonious relationships between humans and The Supreme God, 
  2. Harmonious relationships between humans and humans, and
  3. Harmonious relationships between their environment. 

This concept is implemented well in Ubud. Until nowadays you can see beautiful paddy fields, forests and also cliffs in Ubud. The remarkable nature, arts, and cultures are such a perfect match to spend your ‘me time’ and ‘quality time’ with your significant others. 


Culture-based tourism - Taman Saraswati temple

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Culture-based tourism

Another thing that makes Ubud famous is culture-based tourism, which an important aspect that makes Ubud become a favorite destination. One of the famous tourist destinations is Elephant Cave Temple that built in the 9th century, and it served as a sanctuary. Inside this cave, there’s a Ganesha statue, and places to meditate. 

There is also another famous place here called Taman Saraswati Temple. It is a Hindu temple that intends to worship the Goddess Saraswati. There is a typical Balinese carving of Ubud, which has a lotus pond around the stage of the dance performances, usually Kecak Bali dance.


Culture-based tourism - Ubud royal palace

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Another culture-based tourism destination is Ubud Royal Palace (Saren Agung Palace). The palace of the Ubud royal family which built during the lordship of Tjokorda Putu Kandel (1800-1823). It is open to the public. You can also enjoy the traditional Bali dance in the evening.

The last culture-based tourism destination is Nyuh Kuning village. This village has beautiful cultures and local customs. You can enjoy Balinese daily activities and interact with the local people. The place is quiet, comfortable, and far away from modern activities. 

Those are only a few examples of the great things you can explore in Ubud. Also, there are many affordable villas that you can choose to stay in.

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