Ubud is a small town in the center of the island, which is very different from the southern resort of Bali. Ubud is so unique and special that visitors often fall in love with it at first sight (and even remain to live there).
No wonder Ubud is so unusual resort for Bali. It has a special story. Hinduism, the only bulwark which in Indonesia is now the only Bali, originated in fact in Java. However, in the 16th century due to the Islamization of the ruling then Java Hindu Majapahit dynasty was forced to flee to Bali, where he has settled – as Bali has become a center of Hinduism in Indonesia. Later Hindus had rooted in Bali, and thanks to resettlement of Majapahit dynasty here, the island began to actively develop the cultural direction.
If you are a tourist and are committing one of the “review of one-day excursions around the island”, in Ubud you will be brought for a couple of hours: a walk along the main street, go to the Ubud Palace, watch Balinese traditional dances, take a look at the monkeys in Monkey Forest and purchase souvenirs in the Art Market. However, from Ubud you get a strange feeling – very superficial. That is why it is necessary to stay at least one night and explore the town on your own, without guides.
Among the most interesting museums and galleries in Ubud: Puri Lukisan, Neka museum, Antonio Blanco museum, ArtZoo gallery. In the first two museums you will be able to look at the work of Balinese artists: they have their own unique style, and to explore Bali better, they are certainly worth a look. The last two places were created by foreigners who have lived most of their lives in Bali and draw their pictures of this place.
In 15-20 minutes from Ubud, there are many places of interest: another rain forest and elephant cave Goa Gajah, a very old and very beautiful temple Gunung Kawi, cascading rice terraces Tegallantang. In addition to a large number of different workshops on yoga, inner development, spiritual, practical and so forth, in Ubud it’s possible to learn local trades: painting on batik (on fabric), food preparation or manufacturing of Balinese cuisine of silver jewelry.