Ubud is a famous arts
and crafts center, lying in central Bali. A town almost infested
with artists' workshops and galleries, Ubud is a major tourist
attraction in the archipelago, with people coming here impressed
by the great art and craft culture reigning here.
Apart from these
arts galleries that interest the visitors, there are still
terraced rice fields, and a calm and quiet village life that
attracts people. Some of the major sites of tourist attraction in
Ubud are listed here to enable the discerning traveler to make a
choice of all that he would like to see when in the town of Ubud.
Museum Puri Lukisan, or the Museum of Fine Arts, in the town of
Ubud is a group of three buildings showcasing traditional and
modern Balinese art.
Monkey Forest, in Ubud, is forest full of ravenous monkeys, which
attack any traveler with food on him. Deep inside the forest, is
Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, a Temple of the Dead, which is
another attraction in Ubud.
Botanic Garden, Kutuh Kaja, in Ubud, is a natural reserve and
garden that displays the flora of the land, and has samples of
even the most exotic flowers, herbs and shrubs.
Goa Gajah, or the Elephant Cave, is a popular excursion
destination only about 3 kms away from Ubud. This is a cave, with
a mouth that resembles a demon's mouth. Inside the cave, there are
statues of the ‘lingam’ and ‘yoni’, as also a statue of Lord
Gunung Kawi, or the Poet Mountain, is presumed to be the burial
complex of King Anak Wungsu and his many wives, and is about 18 km
northeast of Ubud.
Tirta Empul, 20 kms from Ubud, is considered to be one of the most
holy temples in all of Bali, and is surrounded by hot springs that
are considered to have miraculous powers.
Apart from these attractions, Ubud, has dance and shadow puppet
performances every night for the benefit of the international
tourists. There are also a number of spas, and healing clinics,
where the tired and stressed out traveler can have massages and
treatments to soothe him.
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