Ubud Palace, Bali

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Ubud Palace


This modest palace and its temple, Puri Saren Agung, share a compound in the heart of Ubud. Most of its structures were built after the 1917 earthquake and the local royal family still lives here. You can wander around most of the compound and explore the many traditional, though not excessively ornate, buildings. The main pavilion often hosts evening dance performances.

Take time to appreciate the stone carvings, many by noted local artists such as I Gusti Nyoman Lempad.

Just north, Pura Marajan Agung is the private temple for the royal family. The compound across from the palace has a magnificent banyan tree, and is also used as a residence for the family.

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1. Puri Saren Agung

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Puri Saren Agung shares space with the Ubud Palace. It's a modest temple you can see within the compound.

2. Pura Mrajan Agung

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Behind the magnificent gates lies the private temple for Ubud’s royal family (no admission).

3. Pura Desa Ubud

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The main temple for the Ubud community. It is often closed but comes alive for ceremonies.

4. Pura Taman Saraswati

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Waters from the temple at the rear of this site feed the pond in the front, which overflows with pretty lotus blossoms. There are carvings that honour…

5. Lempad's House

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The home of I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, caged birds and all, is open to the public but it's mainly used as a gallery for a group of artists that includes…

6. Museum Puri Lukisan

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It was in Ubud that the modern Balinese art movement started, when artists first began to abandon purely religious themes and court subjects for scenes of…

7. Neka Gallery

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Operated by Suteja Neka since 1966, this low-key gallery is a separate entity from the other gallery bearing Neka's name, Neka Art Museum. It has a…