Route 12; Ubud center Combination 10

Tohpati + Celuk + Balinese House Compound + Trinity Temple + Tegenungan Waterfall  + Mas + Monkey forest + Ubud centere with Palace + Art Market

Rate IDR 465,000/car Maximum 10 hours | Departure: 08.00 am
Includes: Private Air conditioned Car + English speaking driver + Petrol + Parking Fee
Extra time : IDR 50,000/Hour

Route 12 Ubud Center combination 10 1

TOHPATI VILLAGE (Entrance ticket: FREE)
Bali Tohpati Village is only about 12 km from Kuta and is renowned for the Batik Wand Weaving Center in Bali. Batik is a traditional paint textile type. They carefully decorate the fabric by using dots and lines of wax. It’s extremely impressive to look at. In Indonesia you wouldn’t be able to visit or stay and not be exposed to one of the most evolved forms of art in the world, batik. Tohpati Village is the batik home industry. With all its colors, designs and the real scent of batik, you will certainly feel an intense stimulation of the senses. The types of designs and their roots only become evident through repeated visits and a bit of research.

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Batik story: early samples of batik were found since more than 2000 years ago in Far East, the Near East, Central Asia and India. Such fields can be viewed as independently evolving without the influence of business or cultural exchanges. It is more likely, however, that the vessels would travel from Asia through a caravan route to the islands of the Malay Archipelago, and to the west. As early as the Sui Dynasty Batik was taught in China (AD 581-618). The silk batiks were also found and attributed to the Nara era (AD 710-794) in Nara / Japan, in the form of screens. These were probably made by Chinese artists. These trees, animals, flute players, hunting scenes and stylised mountains are adorned with them.

There is no documentation in India about very old cotton batiks, but frescoes depict head-wraps and clothing which could well have been batiks in Ajunta groves. The ruins of the temple of Java and Bali include figurines whose clothing is modeled in a way which suggests batik. In 1677 the exports to Jawa, Sumatra, Persia and Hindustan were significantly based mainly on silk. Linen and occasionally woolens have been carved in Egypt and are the oldest known in the world and dated from the 5th century A.D., with white designs on a blue soil. In Egypt, probably Syria, they were made. For centuries in the Yoruba tribe of southern Nigeria and Senegal, dyeing using cassava and rice pasta was resistant.

Indonesia, particularly Java Island, is the region in which batik reached the highest point. From 1835, in several factories in Holland, the Netherlands brought industrialists from Indonesia to educate Dutch guards. In the beginning of the 1940s, Swiss created batik. Java has been created with the help of a cap for a wax block printing process.

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Route 12 Ubud Center combination 10 2

CELUK  VILLAGE. (Entrance ticket: FREE)
In Bali Celuk Village you can appreciate the mountain culture that, in many respects, resemblies the traditional areas of Ubud and the other surrounding villages, except for a major factor; Celuk Village is known for the amazing gold and silver crafts available in this region at very low prices. In Sukawati, you can find that craftsmen are of high standards and you can trade in such products or even purchase them in a bulk capacity. Celuk’s village is the center of silver art. There are many opportunities for shopping and to see Celuk Village and the culture is fascinating and relaxing to.

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Know how slow the pace of life is and to try local dishes and foreign dining you will find many interesting characters and places to eat. There are other attractions as well as many facilities and hotels in the area, which typically are small shops on top or in the middle of the village.

Distance The distance between Celuk Vilage and Denpasar is approximately 8 kilometres. The village you’re bound to take on Ubud is right after Batubulan Village. The popular Sukowati traditional market is also close to this area. After a whole day of shopping on the street, it’s always a good idea to stop in Celuk. Ask local market vendors about the way to the village of Celuk; they are more than happy to guide you. Thanks to the gold and silver works gallery that cut both sides of the road, the neighborhood differs from the surrounds.

Celuk Village History The inhabitants of Celuk Village in the past were mostly farmers. Rumors have it that only three families were leaders in this industry who were members of the Pande caste. This caste is renowned for its expertise in handling all manner of metals to create Hindu prayer accessories. When tourism became the principal commodity in Bali, growing numbers of villagers were leaving their farm and learning to craft silver and gold. In fact, almost every village was made in 1976 of silver and since that time the village of Celuk has become popular with its beautiful jewels and other silver crafts.

When you reach the neighborhood you can feel that you are in a jewelry show. What to do in Celuk Village! There are many art shops on the ether side of the street which show their finest works within a glass screen case. You should look at them more closely in order to appreciate and buy them if you like them very much. Most vendors and smiths generally accept personalized jewellery, but they always have to be assured. Many citizens are used to dealing with international visitors so that their English is fair enough to encourage interactions. You can ask their permission to copy their own jewelry if you’re comfortable enough. Some of them could also allow you to direct you through the appropriate use of resources. Be alert, however, because fire and fire will burn your fingers very badly and can’t just say your money as much as molding silvers and gold.

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Route 12 Ubud Center combination 10 3

BATUAN PAINTER ARTIST  (Entrance ticket: Donation)
Batuan is a renowned Balinese paintings town, and is known as such for its city of Bali art, which is situated about 7 km north of Denpasar, and ten km south of Ubud, and now is known for its dances, wooden panel carving, and the Bali ubud paintings. You’ll see the beautiful paintings and you’ll have Bali paintings also for sale-have several tours to Batuan and Ubud painters

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Balinese Traditional Painting

Ceremonial aspects such as religious component, calendar and leather marionet (balinese: wayang) were restricted. It was called the kamasan or theWayang style before 1920. Wayang itself is two timbered sketches, which have described an epic of Hindu Buddhism, such as Mahabarata and Ramayana. The pictures were used as ornaments in the temple or palace. We also illustrated many faith and bali life stories. It’s typically a painting piece that tells a story. The name kamasan was taken from the original name of the village. Kamasan-style material is a typical stone, vegetable or vegetable material. They are also wearing white hair, soot or stone. Bamboo used in the painting and medium (canvas) of wood, tree leaf, cloth and typically traditional canvas. In 1920, Bali was visited by the Western poet. The law on Balinese painting has changed. An introduction of new west material canvases, inks and paintings has turned this style into modern paintings of art. A new style of Balinese modern art painting is now beginning the year. More artists come to Bali, which is restricted to the dimension of ceremony.

Batuan town, as in Ubud, was not influenced by the West. The Batuan paintings were mostly gloomy, chaotic depictions of either legendary scenes or everyday themes, freakish animal creatures, and witches accosted people. Batuan Village paintings were gradations of black to white ink washes spread over much of the surface to create a dark and gloomy atmosphere. In later years, designs filled the entire room, often adding to the crowded nature of these Balinese paintings

The Batuan Village artisans

Batuan Village craftsmen are known for their Balinese artwork. Leading artists from the 1930s, members of leading Brahman families like Ida Bagus Made Togog, I Dewa Nyoman Mura (1877-1950) and I Dewa Putu Kebes (1874-1962), traditional Balinese painters for temple ceremonial textiles.

Story Of Batuan Village Painting Art

Batuan has been a village of Balinese artwork and handicrafts for over 1,000 years. According to recorded history, Batuan village has a thousand–past-in A.D. 1022, inscribed in the oldest village shrine, Pura Desa Batuan / Batuan Village Shrine. In Bali’s Warmadewa Dynasty, Desa Batuan / Batuan Village had to be there. Batuan village eventually came to be named Batuan, from the word Batu / Rock, since-time-area is a rocky area (the famous Balinese sand stones are still created here in northern Batuan), then because of regular pronunciation changes then more popularly called Batuan Village.

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Route 12 Ubud Center combination 10 4

MAS  VILLAGE. (Entrance ticket: FREE)
Mas Village is one of the most renowned sites of interest in Bali situated very near Ubud and thus of a similar landscape, but Mas is not as well developed in the tourist market as Ubud, maintaining its traditional charm and feel. Mas is famous for being one of the main villages of arts and crafts on the island in Bali. Where Ubud is the village of the painters, Mas is the village of the carvers, where some of the most incredible wood sculptures are made for centuries. If you wish to buy Balinese woodcarves, you can purchase from IDR 200,000 to IDR 2,000,000 at a price variable.

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The selection is very small, perfectly suitable for larger ornaments and furniture and enormous intricate works which can be 25 square meters in size or even larger, such as the murals of wide portal arches typically reserved for temples and stately homes of the Balinese Kingdom and the affluent. Mas Village is situated in the same area as Ubud and therefore is a great place to spend a holiday in Ubud and look through the markets, enjoy the beauty and quietness of the village of Mas.

Mas Village is located at about 1/2 hour drive from the international airport and is easily accessible via the pass route to Sanur from the south of Bali. Mas is situated in the mountains and hills leading to the mountains of the city center of Bali and provides some of the most spectacular views of the island, with many large and steep padi and tropical forests stretching into the plains of the south, and the massive impressive mountains looking north are more prominent than anywhere else on the island.

This scenery combined with the area’s awesome culture and low touristic presence is a perfect place to take some time and there are some incredible traditional bungalows that stretch into the 5-star class from where this is possible. Mas Village was first carved when the Royal Balinese families moved to Ubud and those who wanted jobs tried to sell their goods. The royals then began to buy and do business with the finest Mas carvers and Ubud’s best painters. And soon all the best artisans of the Islands migrated to their prospective villages establishing talent-oriented subcultures.

The gravings themselves are very different from the Balinese people’s depictions of the farmers and in circumstances to which the ordinary Balinese workers are able to relate, to the impressive decorative sculptures for the wealthy and then to the legends, to the myths and the history they contain. There is a lot to see and appreciate today in Mas Village and in the area around you, without the crowds at your doorstep it can be worth staying. Whether you’re an art lover or a couple who are looking for time out, Mas Village will deliver.

Bali Mas Village is one of Bali’s villages that has fundamentally been defined by the emphasis on wood carving as an artistic rural environment. Mas Village is located in the sub-district of Ubud and Gianyar Regency, east of the Bali region. This embodies the traditional wood carving theme by fostering the distinctive combination of humanism and naturalism. The reputation in the village as an imaginative woodcarving village is renowned at the national and international levels and does not forget the high name of some masters who have born and found the spirit (taksu) and soul. The late Ida Bagus Nyana and son Ida Bagus Tilem are famous here for their wood carvers. By the way there are a lot of craft shops selling a variety of wood carvings. We can also see rice fields on the left or right hand side of the road, so we are able to conclude that Mas people live not only as wood carvers, but also as farmers. Many visitors come every day to this village, want to see or create wood carvings and see the people there, how to make woodcarving.

The place to visit in Bali is Mas Village: the artistic landscape has a long history. The product of wood carving in this village possesses the immeasurable and broad dimension of the devotion symbol, the symbolic dimension of everyday life in Balinese society (farm, fisher, intellectual and commercial), the abstract dimension of the imagination of the actor who listens attentively to reality, to dynamics and philosophy of life. The villagers in other tourist landscapes in Bali are similar to villagers, who have experienced the transformation from an agricultural society to a crafting society. Also today it continues to serve society from the business service to the sale of souvenirs for foreign and domestic visitors.

Place Mas Village: strategically situated on the main road from Denpasar to Ubud and reachable from many angles. The major road to Ubud from Denpasar is about 15 km east. If you want to go from Denpasar, the starting points in the Mas Village are Sakah, where a huge baby idol stands monumentally in the middle of the road. The baby idol symbolizes the life of the early child, which is considered to be of maximum intellectual meaning, faith and dynamism by local residents.

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Route 12 Ubud Center combination 10 5

UBUD MONKEY FOREST (Entrance ticket: IDR 80.000/person)

Monkey forest or monkey forest Ubud is one of the forests inhabited by hundreds of monkeys or monkeys and used as a tourist destination other than the beach on the island of Bali, and when the monkey forest tourist attractions again hits and is popular in the Ubud area. Its location is strategically located close to the center of Ubud, so tourists can easily access this place. This monkey forest attraction in Ubud is indeed more famous than other monkey forests, which is why the protected forest inhabited by hundreds of tame monkeys is always crowded with visitors, both foreign and domestic.

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On the island of Bali itself there are a number of monkey forest objects or tourist destinations (monkey forest) such as the Alas Kedaton monkey forest and Sangeh monkey forest, the most popular is the monkey forest in Ubud, this place is well managed, continues to be carried out the arrangement, such as trekking paths to the middle of the forest through a wooden bridge at the bottom of the valley, makes visitors comfortable and feels at one with nature, so it is not surprising the price of admission in this monkey forest tourist attraction is higher than that of other monkey forest attractions on the island of Bali .

Every day the monkey forest tourist destination – Monkey forest Ubud is visited by thousands of tourists, not to mention during the holiday season, the number of visits will increase. That is why the forest-dwelling monkeys are more tame, because they are accustomed to different foreign visitors, in addition to food intake is always noticed by officers, and many officers are in the field so that visitors of monkey forest tourism objects – monkey forest feels comfortable and safe .

When vacationing on the island of Bali and planning a tour to the Ubud area, you must visit the monkey forest or monkey forest, because it is only 1 km from the city center. Even when you choose the Dolphin tour whose destination is watching dolphins in Lovina, from the direction of southern Bali you can take the route to the monkey forest or Ubud Monkey Forest. Another way to visit this tourist attraction is car rental services available in Bali for you to get around the island of the Gods, with experienced drivers taking you to various popular tourist attractions.

Activities in Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

This protected forest area has an area of ​​8 hectares, inhabited by long-tailed monkeys. Its location in the village of Padang Tegal, District of Ubud, Kab. Gianyar – Bali. Located 300 meters above sea level, making this area cool air, plus tall towering trees, green trees, adding to a more pleasant atmosphere. At the entrance on the left, visitors are required to buy an entry ticket to the monkey forest attraction. There is already posted the price of admission to this attraction.

Entering the monkey forest area of ​​Ubud Bali, a number of banana sellers offer fruit to you, certainly not for you to eat, but for forest monkeys, because they are hooked with bananas, so you can interact with monkeys or monkeys in tourist destinations in Ubud this. Want to get a more exciting experience in the monkey forest in Ubud, you can take pictures with forest-dwelling monkeys, with food bananas that you bring, assisted by local guides, so you feel comfortable. Tour with monkey forest attraction is indeed an ideal destination not only for adults but also for children.

In addition to the activities of feeding monkeys and taking pictures, you can sit and relax in the shade of the forest, watch the funniness and agility of the monkeys here, play with their partners or their children, you can get closer to them, because monkeys inhabit the tame forest and the most important thing is you don’t disturb them, so you can capture it through camera shots and selfies with the help of local officials.

Provided a pathway to visit the monkey forest in Ubud to get to the middle of the forest, or the edge of the river through a wooden bridge, so that it will provide a beautiful and memorable tourist adventure, even the natural treats here are instagramable and photogenic. You can enjoy the beauty of the monkey forest more optimally if you visit starting in the morning, because this tourist attraction in Bali is open from 8:00 to 18:00. You can enjoy how the atmosphere of the monkey forest in the morning with the accompaniment of melodious birds chirping.

Even though the forest-dwelling monkeys in Ubud’s monkey forest are not so aggressive, you are better advised to secure valuables and accessories such as earrings, bracelets, watches, glasses and cell phones in your bag, in certain situations, they could be naughty and doing something wrong, because items that they think are weird will interest him. Already provided a place to walk, pass the road, do not enter their area.

Latest entry ticket prices as of March 1, 2019, to the monkey forest attraction of Ubud; Rp. 80,000 / adult and Rp. 60,000 / child (3-12 years), the ticket price applies to foreign and domestic tourists, even applies equally to local Balinese citizens. Visiting the Ubud monkey forest during a tour in Bali especially with children will give them more experience, being able to introduce flora and fauna closer to them.

Nearby Attractions Of Monkey Forest Ubud.

A number of attractions closest to the monkey forest in the monkey forest of Ubud include the center of Ubud, the art market, the attractions of the Ubud palace, the Saraswati temple, the Campuhan hill tourist attraction and various art galleries and painting museums. Also adjacent to the Elephant Park Taro village, Ayung rafting recreation and Tegalalang terraced rice fields and Goa Gajah.

Having limited time wanting to enjoy the agility of apes in the wild, we provide a half-day tour in the Ubud tour package, which schedules visits to the monkey forest attractions of Ubud and Bali Zoo Park. But if you have more free time, you can rent a car in Bali and visit a number of places in one direction, such as Batubulan tourism, Tirta Empul, Kintamani, Tegalalang and Ubud monkey forest monkey forests.

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Route 12 Ubud Center combination 10 6

UBUD CENTER – UBUD ART MARKET  (Entrance ticket: Free)

Vacation time besides being used to visit the beauty of attractions, then certainly not separated by shopping tourism activities, such as when you enjoy the beauty of Ubud Bali, it will feel incomplete if you have not stopped by the Ubud art market in this Gianyar district, this traditional market is open starting in the morning the day at 4:00 to 18:00 in the morning the traders who open sell more staples and function as a traditional market

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But after crawling early in the morning, then the art shops in the Ubud art market area has begun to open, the Ubud art market in Gianyar sells a variety of traditional Balinese handicrafts, ready to provide choices of local handicraft items such as trinkets, carvings, sculptures, paintings, sculptures and various other types to offer tourists. And can be a destination for tourist shopping souvenirs from Bali.

Maybe you are already familiar with a number of traditional art markets in Bali, some of them are Sukawati, Guwang, Kumbasari and Kuta art markets, and the existence of the Ubud Gianyar art market adds to the complete shopping needs of typical Balinese souvenirs, certainly with a bargaining sensation, so it is very allows you to get cheaper offers than those offered by modern souvenir shops such as Krisna or Agung Bali stores that offer the right price.

Moreover, you know how to bargain and come at the right time, it is very possible that the price offered can be cheaper. Because traders usually try to sell their wares when their shop is open, as long as they can profit even though they will sell thin, because they are believed to be sellers (Balinese language;

Ubud Art Market Shopping Place Typical Souvenirs of Bali

Ubud Gianyar Art Market, indeed provides a variety of handicraft items that are quite complete, suitable as a tourist shopping destination, especially for souvenirs typical of Bali, the price of goods is offered from thousands of rupiah to tens of millions of rupiah. Various items of knick-knacks or accessories can be found easily, as well as handicrafts from coconut batik, bamboo, woven and decorations for home decoration, including sandals, bags, wallets, blankets, bed covers, paintings, cups, carvings , sculpture and many others. Every day the Ubud market in Gianyar is always crowded, many tourists scheduled a tour to the Ubud Art Market, especially when the holidays arrive, sometimes parking is not enough to accommodate vehicles.

For this reason, visiting the Ubud Gianyar art market, is recommended with a driver so you don’t have to bother thinking about parking. This traditional market is actually quite spacious consisting of two floors, but visitors prefer shopping in stores close to the parking area, but if you have a lot of time to shop and choose the items you want, try to browse the shops along this market, because the goods – goods are offered many types, and between one shop with another sells the same type of goods, so you can take advantage to choose the best price, bargaining opportunities are more likely, because there are many choices of places, so that the goods you get according to your tastes and expectations.

Ubud Gianyar Market is indeed a very strategic location in the center of the city on the main highway, especially in this area there are a number of popular tourist attractions, namely Puri Ubud or Saren Agung castle which is a cultural and historical relic of the lights and is well preserved until now, and is now a one of the attractions in Bali, every day an art performance is held, so it is not surprising that this area is quite dense, both by its inhabitants, tourists and its traffic. The traditional art market is indeed visited by many both domestic and foreign tourists, and even by local residents who need a variety of staples make this market as the main destination, especially in the morning until noon. Need souvenirs typical of Bali, also schedule your tour to this market let alone your tour destination to tourist destinations around Ubud.

Prices offered at the Ubud art market, especially for handicraft items, tend to be cheaper, because they come from direct craftsmen. Ubud is indeed well-known as an area of ​​art-producing areas, so goods are related to arts and crafts, then in the Ubud market, and for the price, certainly come back with your shrewdness in bargaining.

As a traditional market and located in a tourism area that preserves and preserves Balinese culture, the design of this market building is still characterized by local culture with Balinese ornaments. In fact, Ubud, with its uniqueness in presenting Balinese culture, made this area a place for filming Hollywood artists in the filming of Eat, Pray and Love. Want to enjoy a variety of traditional Balinese handicrafts, including various works of art, you

Attractions Nearby Ubud Art Market in Gianyar

Strategic market location in the central area, so that many other attractions can be accessed easily, and your tour can be more efficient. Some nearby places of the Ubud Gianyar market are Puri Saren Agung or Puri Ubud, Pura Saraswati, Arma Museum, Puri Lukisan Museum, Monkey Forest, Nyuh Kuning tourism village, Campuhan Hill and Blanco Museum, all of which you can access easily.

The best way to visit Ubud Gianyar Art Market is to rent  Bali Cab driver services, because you are not confused when looking for a vehicle parking space, because this area is always crowded. Or join a tour package in Bali that has been packaged by travel agents to visit other tourist attractions in Bali such as Kintamani, Tegalalang tourist destinations or Tirta Empul Tampaksiring temple.

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Route 12 Ubud Center combination 10 7

UBUD PALACE  (Entrance ticket: Free)

Witnessing the beauty and uniqueness of the island of Bali more closely, then you are not only spoiled because of the beauty of Kuta beach attractions, the charm of the lake and Mount Batur or the romance of dinner on Jimbaran beach. But the heritage of high-value ancestral culture that is still maintained today in the times of the modernization transition, you can still enjoy easily in Bali. One of them is Puri Ubud or known by the name of Puri Saren Agung, which was a palace as the center of the royal government in power at the time.

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The tourist destination of Puri Saren Agung, has indeed become one of the hits and popular tour destinations in the Ubud area, every day is always crowded with visitors, especially at night, in Puri Ubud is staged various types of traditional Balinese dance, which provides different nightlife when compared in the area of ​​the city or the area of ​​South Bali known as a discotheque. This castle building holds many historical stories from the ancient Balinese era of the past.

The existence of Puri Ubud is organized and well preserved like its original form, preserving traditional Balinese design and layout, as well as the characteristics of traditional buildings that you still encounter standing strong, filled with Balinese carving ornaments with their naturalness. Traditional houses still adorn the palace grounds. So if you want to enjoy the charm of traditional Balinese traditional houses in a palace atmosphere, then Puri Ubud can be your next tour destination.

The identity of Bali does indeed appear so perfectly in Puri Ubud, so that it reminds visitors to the period of feudalism or the past in ancient Bali. Places like this are very rarely found today, and Puri Saren Agung is one of the places or tourist destinations of the castle which is very popular on the island of the Gods. This tourist spot in Ubud is one of the free tourist destinations in Bali, with no entrance fees, unless you watch dance performances.

Puri Ubud Travel Destinations

It is very fitting that Puri Ubud completes the list of attractions in Bali, those of you who love cultural and historical tourism, then Puri Saren Agung is worth your visit. Moreover, the place is very strategic in the center of Ubud and is on the main highway, so this tourist spot is always crowded. The location is opposite the Ubud art market, which is also the main parking area in the area. When the holiday season arrives, sometimes parking a vehicle is rather difficult because many visitors go to the art market and also want to witness the face of Ubud castle up close. For this reason, it is recommended that you rent a car in Bali plus a driver, so you don’t have to worry about searching for a parking space or having to walk far, or join a tour package with a destination to Ubud and other tourist attractions such as Tegalalang and Kintamani.

Entering the gate of Paduraksa Puri Ubud, the majestic walls made of 1 meter thick red brick have been felt, indicating how sturdy this palace was in its era, even now its majesty feels. A number of carvings and wall reliefs became the dominant ornaments on each castle wall. Likewise the statues that stand firmly flank each of the castle’s entrances. A bale is available for visitors to relax while watching the beauty of the castle. The traditional Balinese carved doors are coated in a golden color.

If you want to enjoy a variety of dance performances in the center of Ubud, then Puri Ubud is the place, every time at 19.30 staged dance performances alternately like on Sundays you can watch the Legong Mahabarata dance, Legong dance Monday, Tuesday Ramayana Ballet dance, Wednesday Legong dance and Barong, Thursday Legong dance, Friday Barong and Keris dance and then on Saturday you are treated to Legong dance. Indeed, Ubud is the center of Balinese dance performances, so don’t expect to find discotheque nightlife centers, such as in Kuta, Denpasar or Sanur. Heritage of ancient Balinese history and various Balinese dance performances in Ubud can become tourist destinations and tour destinations besides beaches on the island of Bali.

Ubud Palace was built by Tjokorda Ida Putu Kandel, the king’s reign ranged from 1800-1823 AD, so this palace can be considered ancient and is a historic palace that has its own charm, a collection of objects or furniture has a high aesthetic value, traditional Balinese buildings look artistic , captivating and storing various historical memories from the past, has an auditorium as a meeting place. Puri Saren Agung is also a place to preserve traditional culture, develop and protect various Balinese arts and literature.

In his time, the ruler of Puri Ubud who was quite famous was during the reign of Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati, he had a foresight, he was also an art lover, even he gave a plot of land to a Spanish bloody painter named Antonio Blanco who now stands a painting museum with the name of the Blanco museum.

The king’s ability to do business, such as pioneering building lodging for tourists who will stay in Ubud. The role of the king’s brother, Raja Sukawati (the king’s brother of Ubud) to invite the world painting artist Walter Spiers to paint and live in Ubud, was also quite helpful in introducing Ubud, and eventually became the trend of foreign painting artists living here and describing the beauty of Ubud, so that it became a tourist promotion indirectly.

Puri also has a number of supporting facilities such as restaurants, money changers, souvenir shops and also lodging. The preservation of Puri Ubud until now is proof that the heritage of the past will remain preserved. So that our children and grandchildren later, can still witness the historical evidence. So if you plan to visit Ubud it will be incomplete before visiting Puri Saren Agung.

Puri Saren Agung Ubud location

The location of Puri Saren Agung is indeed very strategic on the main thoroughfare of Ubud, in the center of the city, opposite the art market. The distance from from Denpasar is around 45 minutes drive. So if you plan to visit other than using a private vehicle, then you can rent a car in Bali, because in the Ubud area there are no meter taxis. Only tourist service centers, or freelance drivers provide transportation services.

So if you want to get closer to Balinese culture and art then stay a few nights in this area. Moreover, Ubud is located in the middle of Bali’s tourism map, so from here you can also explore the island of the Gods more optimally, a number of nearby attractions in the region besides Puri Ubud are monkey forest attractions, Campuhan Hill, elephant riding tours, Ayung recreation Rafting, watching the terraces or terraces of Tegalalang, Goa Gajah Temple, Gunung Kawi and Tirta Empul Tampaksiring temple.

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Route 12 Ubud Center combination 10 8

TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE  (Entrance ticket: IDR 50,000/person)

Location and Environment of Tirta Empul temple

Tirta Empul Temple is located in Manukaya Village, Tampaksiring District, Gianyar Regency, Bali. This village has a verdant natural environment depicting fertility with a stretch of productive agricultural land. In this village there are several rivers, among which the most important is the Pakerisan River and Petanu River, which are important natural resources for the survival of the surrounding community. The two rivers get their water from their source at the foot of the Kintamani mountains, so that they almost never lack water reserves.

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The water from the rivers will then be flowed to the agricultural fields in hopes of getting abundant agricultural produce. Except for the two rivers mentioned above, Manukaya Village also has a number of sizable springs, located between the Pakerisan River and the Petanu River, namely the Tirta Empul Temple and Pura Mangening Temple which are considered sacred and receive water that never dries from the foothills of the mountains Kintamani.

Forests in the hills or in the highlands of Manukaya Village with various trees, among others, are those that produce fruits such as durian, mango, banana, which have created an atmosphere that gives its own impression. In the midst of a forest that is completely green, there are a number of fauna as inhabitants, apparently it has completed the village ecosystem. From the highlands down to the south, there are lowlands that are used as residential settlements by building villages for shelter. A portion of this plain is fertile agricultural land because it contains volcanic material deposited from Mount Batur which has erupted many times. The terraced rice fields of the population are a very interesting natural ecosystem of life and offer harmony, the balance of life, to the resident community.

Landscapes and the environment as above, show a face that is laden with historical relics of the past, which have long attracted the attention of archaeologists, history, and culture. Two of the rivers mentioned above, namely the Pakerisan River and the Petanu River became famous in the history of Ancient Bali. Along the flow of these two rivers has been built a cultural area (cultural area) which until now is still a sacred area (sacred area) for the community.

Archaeological research that began in the early twentieth century has obtained evidence that this area does hold a number of archeological remains that still function sacred living (sacred living monuments), scattered in Panempahan Village, Manukaya Village, and Tampaksiring. The dense population of cultural heritages in this region can be seen as an indication of community settlements and dense occupancy or high social mobility that occurred in the past. The concentration of cultural heritage in this village can also be considered that the ancient Balinese civilization was born in this cultural area. One of the cultural heritages spread in this area is Pura Tirta Empul.

As mentioned above, Manukaya Village is one of the villages in Tampaksiring District. This village is 18 km from the capital of Gianyar Regency and 38 km from Denpasar City. Manukaya Village is relatively flat, with several small rivers dividing the village and flowing into the rice fields in the village area. A relatively fertile wet farming has produced abundant rice, while a fairly extensive dry farming can produce various commodities, such as peanuts, corn, cassava, and slow cassava. Plantation land in the Manukaya Village area produces cloves, coffee, vanilla and coconut.

Geographically Manukaya Village has a strategic position, because it is located in the tourism route that is connected with the Kintamani and Besakih tourism routes. Topographically the landform in this region is in the form of fertile plains and is located at an altitude of 500-700 meters above sea level. Rainfall annually reaches 1488 mm, with a fairly cool temperature of around 27 OC.

Administratively, the area of ​​Manukaya Village consists of nine traditional villages and 13 banjars / hamlets. The nine traditional villages are the Indigenous Villages of Manukaya Let, Manukaya Anyar, Panempahan, Malet, Temen, Kerleting, Basangambu, Maniktawang, and Mancingan. Whereas the 13 banjars in the Manukaya Village area are Banjar Manukaya Let, Tatag, Bantas, Manukaya Anyar, Panempahan, Malet, Temen, Kerendah, Basangambu, Hemisphere, Maniktawang, and Panedengan.

The territorial boundaries of Manukaya Village are as follows.

  1. To the north is bordered by Pengelumbaran Village (Bangli).
  2. To the east it is bordered by Susut Bangli Village.
  3. In the south bordering Tampaksiring Village (Gianyar), and
  4. In the west it is bordered by Pupuan Tegallalang Village (Gianyar).

Pura Tirta Empul can be reached easily, because it has been connected by a very good highway. From the city of Denpasar, the trip will cover a distance of approximately 32 km through the direction of the village of Bedulu-Pejeng-Tampaksiring. To reach the location, at the fork in the road before entering the area of ​​the Presidential Palace Tampaksiring there is a road to the right. After traveling around 600 meters, the Tirta Empul Temple arrived.

Astronomically, the position of Tirta Empul Temple is located at coordinates 1150 18 ’43 ‘East Longitude and 80 10 ’30’ South Latitude and at an altitude of 479 meters above sea level. The average temperature at this site is 230C and annual rainfall reaches 1618 mm, with 76% air humidity. Climatological conditions like that cause cool temperatures in the temple. Micro environment that is quite humid is probably caused by the location of the Tirta Empul Temple is arguably the lowest when compared to the surrounding places which are small hills. This low place seems to be due to this cultural heritage oriented to springs which are generally found at the lowest part.

Entering the area of ​​Tirta Empul Temple, a quite beautiful panorama. Not far from the temple, to the east of the small river there are dozens of stalls selling souvenirs. In addition, there is also a large enough parking lot to accommodate visitors’ vehicles. This facility is available because Tirta Empul Temple is one of the tourist attractions and gets quite a lot of tourist visits.

As the name suggests, the Tirta Empul Temple site has a very clear spring. This holy spring is located in the central courtyard of the temple, then flowed to the bathing pool in the outer courtyard through a shower hole and the rest is channeled to the Pakerisan River on the east side of the temple. This spring is believed by the local community as a source of magical power that can give life and prosperity and purify oneself.

The current state of the temple as a whole is well maintained, because it is a tourist attraction that is directly under the supervision of the government and the local traditional village. As a tourist attraction that is visited by many tourists, this area has been recorded in accordance with the concept of preservation mandated by the Cultural Heritage Act. In addition, efforts are also made to distinguish areas that are profane and sacred. Sacred areas should not have any other buildings unless they are related to religious ceremonial activities. While the profane area is intended for public purposes such as toilets, artshop, parking lots, ticketing, food stalls, and so on.

Temple Structure

Horizontally, Tirta Empul Temple is divided into three parts, namely jaba pura (outer courtyard), middle jaba (middle courtyard), and innards (inner courtyard). The division of these three pages seems to have a philosophical basis, namely the temple is considered a symbol of the macrocosm which symbolizes the three levels of the world, namely Bhurloka, Bhuwarloka, and Swarloka. Jaba pura symbolizes Bhurloka, which is the underworld of human life. Jaba symbolizes bhuwarloka, the middle world where human life has been purified, and innards symbolize swarloka, the world of the lives of the Gods.

The three-part structure of Tirta Empul Temple is as follows:

  1. Jaba pura, is the outermost courtyard. In this hadalam wantilan hall and a pond. Balai wantilan is an open building that functions as a place of crowd at the time of the piodalan ceremony, as a place to hold a cockfight that functions tabuh rah (blood sacrifice), a meeting place, and a place for other ceremonial purposes. While the pond located to the west of the wantilan hall serves to beautify the temple area, with a number of ornamental fish in it. In the western part of the pool stands a number of buildings as a place to display handicraft / souvenir items which are traded to the visitors. Souvenir items in this place are managed by a cooperative under the coordination of Bendesa Adat Manukaya Let. The pool complex is bordered by a rectangular wall with traditional Balinese architecture. In the northern part of the outer yard there are also two apang lawang pelinggih flanking the entrance to the pond where people do the procession of painting (purifying themselves).
  2. Middle Jaba, is the middle courtyard of Tirta Empul Temple. On this courtyard there is a sacred garden, which is a pond with a length of 20 meters and a width of 10 meters. The rectangular-shaped pond in the middle there is a spring that appears from the ground (tirta empul). Tirta means “holy water” and empul means water that is destroyed from 103 land (race). Furthermore, water from this spring is channeled to the lower bathing pool in the south through 26 pancorans. \ Four pancorans are in the westernmost pool lined from north to south, and 22 pancorans are lined up from east to west facing south. Each pancoran according to the tradition of the local community has its own name, including showering, cleaning, sudamala, panglebur gering, and panegtegan. In the south-facing fountain, many people purify themselves (licking), which is bathing while still using traditional clothes and in general they also offer offerings in the form of canang before painting. On certain days, for example holidays (Umanis Galungan, Umanis Kuningan, Banyu Pinaruh), Purnama (bright moon), Tilem (dead moon) or on holidays many people paint in the pool, until it is crowded. In this pool people are not allowed to use soap, are not allowed to wash clothes, and are required to offer offerings as needed. In addition to the sacred garden and bathing pool, on this page there are also several buildings, such as Bale Pegat, Bale Agung, and Bale Gong. Bale Pegat is located in the western part of the yard, Bale Agung in the east, and Bale Gong in the south facing north. In the middle of this page there is also a megalithic remains in the form of stones that are still purified by the local community.
  3. Viscera, is the innermost courtyard, the most upstream, and is the holiest part of the page. On this page there are pelinggih-pelinggih / (sacred buildings) to worship God, the Gods, or Bhatara-bhatari. To reach this place one must go through an entrance called the Bentar temple. This courtyard is placed higher than the middle page, so that the overall shape of the floor plan of the temple rises. The most important sacred building contained here is a square shaped building resembling a temple building. This sacred building with a height of approximately 5 meters is the place where Dewa Indra is blessed, as told in the Usana Bali book. In front of the pelinggih, people or the community usually pray for safety, happiness, physical and spiritual tranquility. In addition to the pelinggih tepasana, there are still many other pelinggih pelinggih in the yard, lined from west to east, including the priasan bale, the holding bale, the spinning bale, the Mayadanawa pelinggih, the priasan bale, Dewa’s gedong, gedong gedong, gedong god, bale penyimpenan, gondong limas, bale pemedan, pelinggih Mayadanawa, gratong bale of God, gedong pengemit, gedong god, bale penyimpemen, gondong limas, gedong limas, the gedong sari, and the smelling bale. In the western part of this page there are matching bale and bale gongs, while in the south facing north there are peselang bale and pecanangan bale.

In addition to the three temple courtyard, there is still a special page located in the northwest corner of the temple, namely the purification page on this page there are several buildings that serve to prepare for the ceremony.

History of  Tirta Empul Temples

Tirta Empul Temple is a representation of the water park temple which was developed by the rulers in the past. The selection of springs as locations of holy sites seems to be very much in accordance with the concept of Ancient India which requires that the location of a temple should be as close to the water source as possible (Acharya, 1933: 13-14). Therefore, it is not surprising that along the watershed of the Pakerisan River, there are quite a lot of historical buildings in the form of temples or temples, such as Gunung Kawi Temple, Mangening Temple, Measuring-Size Temple, Tegallinggah Temple, and Tirta Empul itself.

To be able to uncover the history of the founding of Tirta Empul Temple, there are several written sources that can be used, including the Manukaya Inscription and Usana Bali lontar library. Manukaya inscription is an inscription carved on a stone, now the inscription is stored in a palinggih (sacred building) in Puseh Temple, Manukaya Village.

Since 1924 the Manukaya Inscription has attracted attention among archaeologists, especially archaeologists from the Netherlands. Among those who took great interest in this inscription was W.F. Stutterheim. Stutterheim was the first person to succeed in reading the Manukaya Inscription and later published in his book entitled Oudheden Van Bali (Stutterheim, 1929: 68-69). Furthermore, this inscription was reread by R. Goris and published in his book entitled Bali Inscription I (Goris, 1954: 75-76).

The Manukaya inscription which was purified by the local community was carved on a stone on both sides, but the engraved letters were so worn out that not all the contents of the inscription could be read. The first side (A) consists of 15 lines of writing, while the second side (B) consists of 8 lines of writing. The Manukaya inscription uses the language and letters of ancient Balinese. Side A that can still be read, among others, mentions the year the inscription was issued, namely 882 Saka / 960 AD, as well as mentioning the name of the king Jayasingha Warmadewa. In addition, this inscription also contains the king’s order to restore or repair the lake or tirtha in Mpul water (now Tirta Empul in Tampaksiring) which is damaged every year due to the swift flow of water. The lake is still considered sacred by the people, especially sekaa barong in the Gianyar area. Every year an odalan is held, and the stone inscription is paraded to Tirta Empul Temple to be purified. Thus, if the number of inscription years mentioned above is considered as the year of establishment of this holy place, then it can be ascertained that the age of Tirta Empul Temple has now reached 1050 years.

In addition to the description of the inscription above, the history of Tirta Empul Temple can also be known based on folklore that has evolved to the present which originates from Kekawin Usana Bali. The contents of the papyrus mainly tells us that in ancient times the army of apsara from heaven led by Dewa Indra departed from Kahyangan to Bali. Dewa Indra with his troops descended on the Basukih Kahyangan, then departed to continue his journey to the west to attack King Mayadanawa in Bedahulu. King Mayadanawa was a king who was very arrogant, arrogant and forbade the people to make offerings to Gods. Mayadanawa’s attitude caused the Gods to become angry. Dewa Indra with Patih Citranggada, Citrasena and Jayanta along with their troops divided the task of arranging war tactics to fight Mayadanawa. The sound of drums clanging to the strains of gongs rumbled, flags fluttered, armies marched towards the village of Bedahulu.

Mayadanawa insulted and reproached endlessly arrogant, arrogant, and rude, followed by other giants. Knowing that his enemy was coming, Mayadanawa’s troops immediately intercepted. Then there was a very fierce battle between the army of Indra and Mayadanawa’s forces. Thousands of troops battled and roared to the death of many victims.

For some time the war lasted, finally Indra’s forces succeeded in pushing back Mayadanawa’s army. From his train Mayadanawa saw the defeat of his army, so he went down to war. A terrible battle ensued. Mayadanawa was furious with her teeth, and her voice was jarring. Mayadanawa challenged each other to fight face to face (fighting war), while Dewa Indra calmly continued to urge the giant by releasing several arrows.

Because pressed, Mayadanawa finally fled to the north and continue to be pursued by the army Indra. Arriving at Manukaya Village, King Mayadanawa changed his form into a manuk (rooster). Finally this manuk was shot by Indra, then the giant died. It is said that Mayadanawa’s blood came out of his mouth from a whirlpool, the flow of Petanu’s water. The river water cannot be drunk, it cannot be used for bathing or washing the face because the water is believed to be sourced from giant blood

Meanwhile, in the south of the village of Manukaya there is a place called Alas Pagulingan. In this place Patih Kalawong (Patih Mayadanawa) made tirta mala which caused the death of apsara troops. Seeing such a state, then Lord Indra created holy water. This water was then sprinkled on the army of apsara who had died, so that it was able to live again. This holy water was later named Tirta Empul.

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