Top ten things to do in Ubud, Bali

1. Visit the Nekka Museum

If your heart skips rapidly when you see traditional art wait until you see this museum. This museum overlooks a scenic river valley in the mountain village of Ubud, Bali. You can enjoy looking at the high quality works of Indonesian artists such as Affandi, Dullah, Widayat, Hendra Gunawan and Sindudarsono. In the Indonesian Contemporary Art Hall, you can see Javanese and Sudanese art work. Some rooms are devoted to Abdul Aziz, Srihadi Soedarsono, and Chinese artist Lee Man-Fong. Last but not least stroll through the Arit Smit Pavilion. There you will find the works of this Dutch born Indonesian artist which depict Balinese landscapes, temples, and people using a “broken-color” technique.

 

Tiga Penari Topeng oleh Anton Kustia Widjaja. Three Masked Dancers by Anton ustia Widjaja.

Location: Jalan Raya Sangingan Ubud, Gianyar 80571/telephone: +62 361975074.

2. Eat barbecue at Naughty Nuris Warung

Location: Tromol Pos No. 219, Ubud 80571/telephone: +62 361977547. Naughty Nuris Warung is right across the Nekka Museum. Personal recommendations: A juicy portion of spare ribs.

3. Visit the Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Ever notice how monkeys’ facial expressions are almost identical to human being’s? At the Monkey Forest Sanctuary you will be able to see monkeys up close and personal. According to Buddhist beliefs peace and liberty are achieved only by respecting three harmonious relationships known as the Tri Hita Karana Doctrine. This means that:

*The gods blessed life and created nature and all its contents,

*Nature offers sustenance to support the needs and activities of human beings and,

*Human beings have a responsibility to build temples of worship, make daily offerings, and preserve nature.

Location: Jalan Monkey Forest, Padangtegal/telephone: +62 361971304.

4. Yeh Pulu

5. Pura Samuantiga

6. Stay at Belos House: Nestled in Jembawan Street this homestay is ideal if you want to feel like you are living in a pura, or Hindu temple while avoiding the crowded tourist streets. I personally know Ibu Made who runs this great homestay with her husband. Best feature: having a banana crepe topped with coconut shavings as you watch Ibu Made or another Ibu (prefix added for respect in Indonesian culture to a married or elderly woman) making offerings (sejaji) to the gods.

Location: Jalan Jembawan, Padangtegal, Ubud/telephone: 081 338409499

7. See the Blanco Renaissance Museum: As sexually Freudian as his thoughts may turn, Blanco has a great way of expressing his adoration towards women in an expressionist-romantic style. Once you enter do not forget to visit the third floor. Make sure once you exit the second floor to the open-air area to go up the metal stairs. You can actually have one of the most spectacular views of the typical Ubud, Balinese house architecture and various rice fields.

8. Warung Sopa: Stashed in a little corner of Jalan Sugriwa this little secluded cafe is decorated with small wooden tables with white cushions to seat on. Their menu ranges from soups and salads, to traditional Balinese food. My personal recommendation? Try the Tamarind Ginger Juice and their amazing pumpkin soup. The pumpkin soup comes with a roll of bread and has a dash of a sweet white sauce.

Location: Jalan Sugriwa No.36 Padang Tegal, Ubud/telephone: 0361 276589

9. Walk and shop on Monkey Street

10. Visit the Water Lily temple

 

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