Bali - Ubud
History and present of Ubud
Located in the Central part of the island of Ubud is radically different from another popular resort, Kuta, and is considered the cultural centre of Bali. It is a recognised centre for decorative arts, a significant part of the city consists of shops and art galleries. It has a number of interesting architectural and other attractions, individuality, beautiful surroundings and pleasant climate in this there is an atmosphere of well-being.
Although Ubud has the status of a city with a population of 30,000 people, essentially it consists of fourteen villages, each of which has its own management. The city is growing rapidly, and some Central part of a lot of pressure in connection with the influx of a large number of visitors. Despite the continued rapid growth of tourism, there are still a lot of rice terraces along the rivers, and far from the centre of quiet village life peacefully runs its course. With the exception of the Central part of Ubud is relatively quiet and peaceful place, enjoyed by many visitors to Bali.
Ubud surrounded by what attracts many people to Bali - scenic rice fields, small villages, art and crafts, ancient temples, palaces, rivers, cheap accommodation and good hotels. The city's location in the centre of the island makes it a convenient place for Hiking in the mountains, beaches, and travel to other places. On the main streets you can see many interesting things, but the real magic of the city is hidden in the quiet streets, courtyards, cafes, in the hearts, minds and dreams of its inhabitants.
Ubud was the cultural, artistic and spiritual heart of Bali for centuries. The history of the city originates from the eighth century and associated with the name of RSI Markandya, a wandering priest from Java, who (according to legend) found the perfect place to meditate in the place where merge Eastern and Western branches of the river Vos. Currently on the territory of this sacred place is a sacred temple, Guning Lebah. Position Ubud as a cultural center strengthened during the reign of king Paradise Batura (1850 - 1880), a representative of the noble family of Sukawati, strongly supports the arts and culture.
Modern appreciation of Ubud as the cultural center of Bali, is closely associated with the name of the German artist Walter Spies, who arrived in Denpasar in 1926. Walter spies arrived here at the invitation of Prince Sukawati, and, together with his friend, artist Rudolf bonnet, began to encourage and Fund the most talented artists in the development of new styles, different from the usual.
Ubud in 1920 - 1930-ies was one of the most Bohemian places in the world, his aura has attracted a number of famous people in the world: the famous American actress Dougherty Lamour; prominent American and English actor, acclaimed master of cinema Charlie Chaplin; English playwright, actor, composer Noel Coward. The famous American anthropologist Margaret Mead, and her equally famous lover Gregory Bateson were married on the ship on the way to Bali, and the American "socialite" Barbara Hutton fell on the ears of Walter Spies, which however, was known for his sexual orientation, for which he turned out in the Bali prison.
Like Paul Gauguin in Tahiti, Bali has become a second home of German artist Walter Spies and the Australian artist and writer Donald Friend. Under their influence, the local artists began to use Western techniques, but with a Balinese touch.
By the early 1960s, Ubud was known as a community of great artists. A famous European artist Ari Smith founded a School of young artists, whose fame has immortalized his name in the history of Balinese art. Subsequently there is a thriving painting, wood carving, making silver jewelry.
Described by many as one of the most magical places in the world, Ubud, despite growing like mushrooms after rain, resorts, villas, luxury hotels and centers for yoga, remains relatively unchanged. The city has retained its own face and cultural aura, and this in spite of the development of tourism and a large influx of outsiders. According to the decree, the construction of a McDonald's, Starbucks, or KFC (fast food restaurant chain) is not allowed within its borders. The city managed to attract visitors and not to lose thus its Bohemian aura, an imprint which is present in galleries, shops, restaurants and hotels.
The Balinese culture is not focused on beaches where rests most of the tourists. Hindus believe that the mountains are Holy, so they gravitate to the inner areas. Ubud is in the centre of the island. Its villages are famous for their unique products made of bamboo, carved stone and wood, articles of silver and gold, and many other crafts. Just walking down the street and on every corner you can see the many artists ' studios.
Ubud is known for its dance and music shows, which are part of the traditional culture of its inhabitants. In the evening tourists become witnesses of fascinating traditional Balinese dance, and the day is not less interesting Hindu-Balinese ceremonies held almost every day, especially in the cool and dry season in Bali. The special atmosphere of the city, perhaps, is its main attraction, allowing tourists to fully immerse themselves in the aura of the Balinese culture.
Hinduism permeates Ubud life for many centuries. Every day you can see ceremony, ritual and sacrifice. All this is done from the heart. This applies to both younger generation and to their parents and grandparents. Guests can visit the temple at this time of night personally to see it.
Ubud is located 35 km out of Denpasar at a height of several hundred meters above sea level and surrounded by rice fields, making it noticeably cooler than other tourist resorts in Bali. It is popular today because it is the best place on the island in order to change the customary nature of the recreation and to be in a more quiet and peaceful place, also very interesting. Choice of foreign tourists a good choice of hotels and hotels. The cost of living much cheaper than in other beach towns of Bali. It is therefore not surprising that many people visit the city for a day or two and end up staying here much longer to be absorbed by the rich culture and diverse activities. Many tourists choose this city as the basic stopping point and travel from here to other places of the island.
When visiting Ubud, miss you just do not have. The first and most obvious thing to do - just walk and look at the surrounding beauty of wild nature. Ubud has a number of scenic spots, to see which would be silly. You can ride a bike on certain routes, or wander in the forest. Around the city there are many rivers on which rafting can be enjoyed with friends or family, or kayaking. It is possible to order the respective tours, or, if you want to do it all yourself. In the forests, dozens of species of birds, a true Paradise for ornithologists. You can do river fishing. Not so far from Ubud is elephant Safari Park (Elephant Safari Park) where you can horseback ride on elephants. The Park has over two dozen Sumatran elephants which you can feed or simply to caress. You can still hike to the top of the mountain, offering fantastic views of the volcano and the lake. The last time this volcano erupted in 1997 and the land around it is still blackened by the eruption. The entrance fee, but it's worth it.
Unfortunately many visitors, Ubud is not the place for nightlife, for that you need to visit Kuta or Seminyak. Much of what makes the city so attractive, is visited during the day. There are no Nightclubs or discos, it is difficult to find even bars. If you stayed in a big hotel, there should be a bar or a restaurant where you can drink, sit and chat. But that's all.
In 2009 the American magazine for travellers Conde Nast Traveler conducted a study of tourist destinations in Asia, the results of which were published in the January issue of 2010. Readers of the authoritative American journal of Ubud was voted the most attractive city in Asia, ahead of 8 other places such as Bangkok, Hong Kong, Chiang Mai, Kyoto, Singapore, Shanghai, Jaipur and Tokyo.
Ubud has become a place for filming Hollywood movie "Eat, pray, love" with Julia Roberts in the lead roles. The film was shot on the eponymous book and the first time was released in August 2010. In it the main character Julia Roberts travels the world and spends 4 months in Italy, eating the famous Italian cuisine (eat), the next 4 months she spends in India in search of spirituality (pray), and the last 4 months she spent in Bali, where she found her love (to love).
Ubud: what to pay attention
- Take the time to visit the main museums (Neka, ARMA, Seniwati) and learn about traditional Balinese art.
- Visit the evening performance of Balinese dancers in Ubud Palace.
- Early morning visit the rice fields on the outskirts of the city.
- Be sure to try the local cuisine.
- For lovers of active rest, we recommend rafting along the river.
- Purchase works of art by local artists for decorating your home.
Ubud Hotels. Where to stay?
In Ubud you can find accommodation for any budget. Many tourists prefer to stay in the vicinity of the town, and not in the city centre, urging accommodation with views of the famous rice terraces.
The feature of living in Ubud is the presence of many small, family-run hotels, while you get close to the real life and culture of Balinese people, like anywhere else. Besides accommodation in these hotels very cheap (from 5 USD with Breakfast) and can be even cheaper if you choose a seat away from the center (away from monkey forest) and will arrive in season. By the way, bargaining in family hotels is welcome.
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