Trying the Amazing Activities in Ubud
Ubud is one of famous place in Bali, beside Kuta, Sanur and Seminyak. This place doesn’t has amazing panorama of the nature and it also offers unique cultures which maintained by local people. If you want to spend your holiday in Ubud, you should try these activities;
1. Exploring the Ubud Palace
Puri Saren Ubud (Ubud Palace) is an Ubud Kingdom Palace with beautiful Balinese traditional houses as a residence of Ubud King. It is set in the center of Ubud Bali with traditional art market just in front of it and it is found by Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel who has commanded from year 1800 – 1823. This palace is an artistic cultural life center, while the traditional market is the symbol of local economics resident. The existence of Puri Saren as a palace is equipped by a Wantilan/auditorium that is a large building of meeting room and a banyan tree as shelter place at the daytime. The traditional market is the place of society economics and its existence is always border on palace as artistic cultural life center. It means that the both pole meeting is describing the dynamics of society and kingdom life.
2. Enjoying the Balinese Food or Modern Food in Ubud Food Festival
Ubud Food Festival is world-class culinary event that showcases Indonesia’s diverse cuisine, innovative chefs and extraordinary local produce. Uniting some of Indonesia’s leading culinary figures leading, international restaurateurs helping to shape the archipelago’s foodie landscape and industry heavyweights, Ubud Food Festival is rich in food mythology, authenticity and of course, taste. The program spans a range of ticketed and free events, including Cooking Demonstrations, Workshops and Master classes, Special Events, Food Forums, Film Screenings, Markets, Food Tours, and much more. Ubud Food Festival is a major annual project of the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati, with a vision of enriching the lives of Indonesians through community-building and cultural programs. It is the sibling event of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and Bali Emerging Writers Festival. Ubud Food Festival will return from May 2017.
3. Visiting Ubud Mongkey Forest
The Ubud Monkey Forest located in Monkey Forest Street, Ubud , Gianyar. The Ubud Monkey Forest or The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is not just a tourist attractions or important component in the spiritual and economic life of the local community, but also an important spot for research and conservation programs. The presence of sacred forest is a demonstration of the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature. In Bali, sanctuaries such as the Monkey Forest are usually in sacred village areas, often surrounded by temples. These cultural sanctuaries are not only an important part of Balinese heritage, but also an important part of everyday live. Temple festivals are regularly held for the villagers and the gods in such areas. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, in conjunction with Udayana Univeristy in Denpasar has identified 115 separate species of trees.
Ubud has beautiful and quite atmosphere, it is the perfect place for doing Yoga. Beside Yoga studio, many hotels offer this activity. Yoga has many benefit for us, like improves your flexibility, builds muscle strength, increases your blood flow, refresh your mind and soul etc. The quality and facilities of Ubud Yoga has well-know to foreign. Beside of that you can try to meditation in temple. It also gives many benefits like appease your mind.
5. Learning Art in Museum
Ubud is famous as the place of art, especially painting. You will find many art shop or museum of painting. Puri Lukisan Museum is located at Ubud Street. This Museum collects Balinese painting from 3 eras, Empire eras until Independent of Indonesia era. You can learn about many painting style that developed in Bali. Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) located in Pengosekan Village, Ubud which collects painting from famous artist and young artists. This museum is equipped with library, book store, restaurant, café, and large parking area. Agung Rai creates this museum and he is Balinese painter. Beside learn painting, you can learn about gamelan (Balinese music), Balinese wood carving, Balinese dance, History of bali and Balinese food. The Blanco Renaissance Museum will show you all the eccentric painting and amazing painting. you can see Blanco’s panting studio and complete with canvas and brush messy. Antonio Maria Blanco has unique painting technique, and made the painting looks very special. Neka Art Museum is a unique museum that collected art from Balinese, Indonesian and foreign artists.
6. Enjoying the Ubud’s Nature with cycling and trekking
The duration of this cycling is 2 hours or the distance is 10 kilometers. You will trough a small road in the beautiful rice paddy field and the countryside’s road. Along the road, you can see many painting which is made by Ubud painter artist and this place called by Uma Sok Wayah. . Beside of that, you will pass many unique places, like Sari organic and Cafe Pomegranate where those are set of Julia Roberts in the film Eat, Pray, and Love. The finish point is Puri Ubud (Ubud Palace) that the palace of Ubud King or Ubud Monkey Forest. If you want you can visit Campuhan Hill for enjoying the stretch of reeds. You can discover the amazing village of Ubud. Besides conducting the cycling, you can do the trekking, you will walk in the pundukan (small road in rice paddy field) . You will see subak, the Balinese heritage.