Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. Promoted as an arts and culture centre, it has developed a large tourism industry.
Ubud, near Bali’s cool central upland, is a treasure trove of cultural landmarks, ranging from ancient temples and majestic age-old royal palaces, to wonderful panoramas of green hillsides and rice terraces. The town and its outskirts within the Gianyar regency, is your holiday destination if you are also into the Balinese culture, arts and crafts, as it was where some of the world’s notable artisans and collectors have visited, lived and worked, creating or compiling eclectic masterpieces that you can observe in local museums and art galleries.
The Ubud Royal Palace is one of the most prominent places in Ubud, as it is smack-dab on the main Jalan Raya Ubud road and intersection. The palace can also be regarded as the focal landmark of Ubud. The Ubud palace was built during the lordship of the late Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel (1800-1823), and is well-kept by his successive heirs.
A visit to the Puri Saren is on many of the itineraries to the Ubud area. It has well-preserved Balinese architecture and charming garden settings, and is best known among lovers of Balinese arts as one of the main sites to view dramatic evening dance performances.
The history of this royal palace can be traced back to the early 19th century when it was built during the rule of Ida Putu Kandel. Today, it has been maintained by his heirs.
Touted as Ubud’s birth place, Puri Saren Agung is regarded as an artistic melting pot and the art market opposite the palace is testament to this. The dynamics of creative arts and a rich culture creates the perfect getaway to experience a different side of Bali in addition to the natural attractions on the island.
There is also accommodation located within the grounds of the royal palace in the form of small bungalows. They are surrounded by beautiful gardens, sculptures, fountains and several historic buildings making this a great place to stay during your holiday.
The palace also hosts dance recitals each night which cost around 100,000 IDR. You can reach Puri Saren Agung by driving north for around 1 hour drive north from Denpasar. Entry is free during the day and local guides will offer to show you around to teach you about the history and culture of the palace. Be prepared to tip your guide at the conclusion of your visit.