Ubud is an extraordinary place on the island of Bali. Located in the west of Gianyar Regency, close to Badung Regency in the west and only separated by the majestic Ayung River. Ubud Regency consists of many traditional villages such as Penestenan, Pengosekan, Kedewatan, Nyuh Kuning, Sayan, Petutu and many more. Nothing but Ubud Tour can represent Bali as a whole here. Over the years, Ubud is known as the cultural center of Bali. This is the right place for you to get rid of the bikini parade in Kuta, the row of shopping centers in Seminyak, traffic jams and all the busy life along the southern coast of the island of Bali. Ubud brings something different here. I am a Balinese and even natives will find this city adorable.
The history course can help us provide full insight to the title “cultural city” held by Ubud. Talking about culture in Ubud or Bali in general means that we cannot be free from talking about Hinduism in Bali. Although it looks the same as Hinduism developing in India, but Hinduism in Bali is unique, it is a perfect blend of Hindus from India and local beliefs also known as Hindus. The growth of arts such as paints, dances, music and architecture in Bali used to be solely due to religion or for God’s sake. Still maintained to this day, but with the influence of modernity, art that was once bound by religious action began to find liberal ways in what we call art exploration.
Talking about the liberation of art in Ubud means we have a little introduction to the intervention of foreign artists as well as an inseparable role from the kingdom of Ubud itself. Around 1920 many foreign artists came to Ubud and in 1930 were encouraged by the royal family, some of them stayed longer, giving artists such as Walter Spies and Rudolph Bonnet the chance to promote their understanding of Balinese art and culture to the world. While at the same time, their art style, especially in painting, influenced local craftsmen to free their creativity from traditional values. Art and culture solely for religious purposes are strictly maintained but opportunities for artisans in Ubud to explore their uniqueness are also given to them. The development of significant paintings in Ubud is shown by a number of museums built such as the Agung Rai Museum, The Blanco Renaissance Museum, the Neka Art Museum, Seniwati Art Gallery and many more. Nowadays, Penestenan Village is the perfect place in Ubud where you can find painters with unique painting styles, especially for young people with famous styles in Bali and even abroad.
Although paintings can be considered through further development, Ubud does not only have talented and prestigious painters, in Teges Village you can find many artistic and imaginative sculptures ever made, then in the village of Mas their woodcraft is the best in Bali and is known throughout the world. Don’t let yourself not visit the village of Peliatan, as a place for developing Legong Dance and for those who are interested in ancient Balinese architecture, be sure to visit Ubud castle, Monkey Forest for a charming yet complex temple design and Goa Gajah built in 11 ADS.
In addition to arts and culture, it’s hard to deny that Ubud is one of the countries on earth that is blessed by Nature. The strategic location allows Ubud to have a cooler atmosphere so you will find enough weather comfort when visiting this place. Ubud is also the perfect place for you to just enjoy the beautiful nature. Having a beautiful terrace rice field, the amazing Ayung River, forests and mountains will only bring peace to your soul.
From 1960 onwards, Ubud has gone through several developments to meet the demand for tourism progress. Since then, the number of hotels, restaurants and villas in Ubud has gradually expanded. Recently, Ubud is a well-known area and top-class international destination, but at the same time retains its integrity as the center of Balinese arts and culture.
The people here always cordially welcome those who visit Ubud. This is a place on earth that is loved by its people and ultimately makes many foreigners fall in love. Visiting Ubud means enjoying the cool fresh weather, meeting friendly people, connecting with an overflowing culture, setting foot in an inspiring paradise to breathe the atmosphere of authentic Bali. This is the place for a real paradise in Bali. The fact is that Ubud has never left their culture behind and strongly holds their status as a prominent center of Balinese culture. This place has a balance between modernity and belief