Ubud: The Cultural Heart of Bali
Ubud: The Cultural
Heart of Bali
Culturally and artistically, Ubud has been on the forefront of putting Bali on the map for preserving
authentic forms of handicraft: complemented with stunning nature, a half-day exploration
that guides you through all aspects of Ubud’s cultural heart.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Ubud is the artistic, cultural and spiritual heart of Bali. For decades, this well-known area of the island has been the hub for artists, musicians, and those seeking to explore their spirituality while staying connected with the culture of Bali. From verdant-green rice terraces to local enclaves, it comes as no surprise that an abundance of arriving guests opting for a few nights into one of the centres of Balinese culture.
Quaint, charming accommodation aplenty for any price range, taking up Ubud never seems to disappoint even the most discerned explorers. Some of the most well-known galleries, restaurants, and cafes in Bali are to be found in this lush green region. For a couple of hours, get connected with the colours and sounds of this central Bali region.
08:30 - 12:30
The morning start begins with a visit to the local community of Tohpati, where the famous Batik fabrics of Bali are painstakingly created by hand. Various finalized products will be on display which all comes from this community. Decorating cloth items with batik, using wax-resistant dying to get intricate motives and decorations, have been practised for decades here which guarantee authenticity. Our next stop brings us to Celuk: from chunky, funky jewellery to finely detailed ornamental pieces, seeing how they are created will give you a new appreciation for what we often take for granted. Visitors have the chance to see these artisans in their workshops while creating fine pieces of exquisite silverwork.
As for where Celuk is famous for its silverwork, the small community of Mas has gained a name for itself for its wood carving methods and creating from the smallest items to decorative pieces for at home. Art galleries aplenty in Ubud, we have selected the one that compiles all influences and various techniques; the Agung Rai Museum of Art. This museum has an extensive collection of paintings by both Indonesian and foreign artists, ranging from traditional to contemporary.
One of the last stops on this busy half-day tour is the Ubud Market, where you can purchase all sorts of goods from clothing to jewellery to wonderful pieces of art and souvenirs. We recommend you go upstairs here, but remember that bargaining is a must here. Before we head back to your booked resort, we stop and pay respect to the Puri Saren Agung where Ubud’s royal family ruled from the late 19th century until the beginning of the 20th century.