Come, join us as we embark on a fun-filled journey to explore Ubud!
Ubud (pronounced ‘ooh-bood’) is home to bevy of museums, art galleries and quirky crafts shops. We find that it certainly does deserve its well-known reputation of being the arts and cultural centre of beautiful Bali!
Join us now, as we make our way to these must-see attractions…
Peer closely at the entrance, for it is a curious sight.
‘Are those…mouths of demons?’ You find yourself asking out aloud.
Yes, indeed they are! Welcome to Goa Gajah, which translates to mean ‘elephant cave’. Feel a sense of mystery and anticipation as you step past the entrance into the dim pathways.
What lurks in the strange darkness beyond? Well, do not let your thoughts wander, for the foot path lead you towards the peculiar structures of Buddhist and Hindu Temples within the compound. This site may not be a large attraction, but the scenic surroundings and parks create a peaceful atmosphere for you to enjoy a leisurely walk.
Those of you with an eye for trinkets or accessories made of gold or silver will find it hard to resist the siren call of Celuk Village. Step into the rows crowded with numerous shops, and let your eyes feast on the myriad of accessories placed on display – you will be at a lost for choice, as you eye delicate earrings, elaborate brooches, pretty pendants and and shiny rings.
Don’t give this place a miss, even if you are not intending to make any jewelry purchases. Stop by the workshops, and watch the craftsmen work their magic, as they transform the metal pieces into intricate ornaments!
We made a stop by Ubud Palace, and found ourselves thinking, ‘Wow. This place is really beautiful’.
Step through the grand entrance, and wander through the pathways leading you to structures located amidst the serene ponds within the grounds. Intricate carvings, splendid pavilions, glorious greenery…oh! We could go on and on forever about the sights and sceneries of this palace, but we shall not spoil the surprise, and let you discover the beauty of this place for yourself.
Carve some time out in the evenings to enjoy the traditional arts performances at the palace, for it will be a pity not to immerse yourself in the cultural delights that Bali offers! Gamelan orchestra musicians surround the sides of the stage, and play along to dances performed by artists in a variety of styles, such as Kecak, Legong and Barong.
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