Ubud, a small town in the Ubud District of Bali is rightfully called a paradise of Bali. Located amongst lush green rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothill of the Gianyar Regency is a rich source of art and culture. Recently developed as a large tourism industry, Ubud has many notable attractions and interesting places that attract visitors all throughout the year. Ubud is centrally located and has some of the most popular attractions, monuments, and museums in Ubud Bali withing its walking distances. The green cascades of the Tegalalang rice terraces are just 25-minute drive north. Goa Ganjah, the Elephant Cave temple, is only 15 minutes to the east.
Ubud has a known history back to the eighth century, when the Javanese Hindu priest Rsi Marhandya came to Bali from Java, and meditated at the confluence of the two Wos rivers at Campuan, just west of the modern-day town center. A shrine was established and later expanded by Nirartha, the Javanese priest who is regarded as the founder of Bali’s religious practices and rituals as we know them today. Further temples and monasteries were established over the next 400 hundred years or so. The temple complex at Gunung Kawi and the cave temples at Goa Gajah are architectural remains from this period. Ubud is a very artsy town. You can visit lots of small studios to buy the artwork or bigger art museums to learn about the history of art in Ubud.
3 Amazing Museums in Ubud bali
Ubud is, in many ways, the cultural hub of Bali. Home to one of Bali’s royal families, this traditional country town has royal palaces and ancient temples. Along the main street are dozens of art studios and galleries, along with an excellent local crafts market selling antiques, woodcarvings, crafts, textiles, paintings, and jewelry. Here are a few museums in Ubud Bali where you can see some of the magnificent artworks and artifacts of ancient Bali.
Blanco Renaissance Museum
Set on top of the valley of Campuhan, this is a must visit for all art lovers that end up in Bali. The place used to be the residence and studio of the well-known Filipino artist Don Antonio Blanco who lived and painted the beautiful Bali islands after emigrating here in 1952. The artwork is a great way to see the gorgeous sights of Bali through the eyes of a wonderfully talented artist. The place has a gift shop, a lush garden space and a great cafe where you can spend a relaxing day with companions.
Entry fees: INR 236
Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM
Best Known: Artwork
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Agung Rai Museum Of Art
Not exactly hot on the tourist map of Bali, the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) is more than just an art gallery. If you are forced indoors because of the rains in Bali in October, ARMA can be a pleasantly surprising experience. The exquisite taste of the local culture and the love for Bali is quite apparent in Agung Rais collection of historical items. Spread over more than 5 hectares, ARMA is also the venue for loads of cultural performances, and there is a boutique hotel here and also a botanical garden.
Entry Fees: INR 283
Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM
Best Known: Agung Rais collection of historical items
Neka Art Museum
Amongst all the things to do in Denpasar, Bali, visiting the Neka Art Museum is one that ought to be on every travelers bucket list. The rich Balinese art and culture can be well witnessed here through foreign artworks by various artists. A tour of this place is truly an inspirational and enchanting thing to do.
Location: Jalan Raya Sanggingan Campuhan, Kedewatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
Entry Fee: IDR 50,000 per person
Puri Lukisan Museum
Care to find a perfect combination of history, art and Balinese culture in Ubud- Well, Puri Lukisan museum is just the place for you. Taking some time off from the bustling Ubuds crowd and happening pubs all around, this museum also serves as a serene place to spend some time in the nature. Set in the lush green gardens, this museums offers peace, quiet, knowledge and a sneak into the Balinese culture.
Location: Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Timings: 9AM to 6PM
Ubud is one of those places where a holiday of a few days can easily turn into a stay of weeks, months or even years. It’s also somewhere that is relentlessly on-trend – a showcase of sustainable design, mindfulness, culinary inventiveness and the very best that global tourism has to offer. The adornment of beautiful temples, palaces, and monuments in Ubud Bali is what makes this place, even more, charismatic. Visit Bali for relaxation, for rejuvenation and to have what may well be the most magical holiday of your life.
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