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Ubud Through Rice Fields

Trekking, Cycling and Riding a scooter around Ubud isn’t complete without see the rice fields in Ubud. A very interesting route to follow for trekking, cycling and riding a scooter through the rice fields in Ubud, Bali. Here is the area you might to see in Ubud.

Where to go to see the rice fields in Ubud? From Ubud Market (Jalan Raya Ubud) go to the west direction around 300 meters you will see Abangan Bungalow signboard.

 
Abangan bungalow

Entrance of Abangan

turn right onto the road climbs, follow the street left of the lobby Abangan Bungalow, than entering the small alley to rice fields.

Alley to Rice Field in Ubud

This is a small path maximum can sharing with 2 motorcycles. Just follow the path and enjoy the view of rice fields, you will see Sari Organic restaurant and many new villas are under construction in the rice fields.

Ubud Rice Field
Ubud Rice Field
Rice Field in Ubud
Rice Field in Ubud
Small Path Ubud
at this point don't turn right, just go straight follow the sign to ubud, taxi

Drive slowly between the rice fields up to see the main road, turn right to back to Ubud  (Map-Orange lane option 1) or continue to left to Kelabang Moding Village, follow the road at Abangan Village turn left follow the road than you will see more rice fields in ubud at T-Junction.

Junjungan Rice Field
you will come from right than turn right here

 turn right and you will see another T-Junction turn left to see white heron birds in Petulu Village (Map-Red line option 2)

Heron in Petulu Village

or follow the road to see another T-junction turn right than turn left to see rice fields in Tegalantang Village. There are many new accommodations along the road (Map-Green line option 3)

Rice field in Ubud not for sale

or follow the road to Kutuh Village, here you can see some rice fields in ubud and may be want to visit Botanical Garden, in this area there are many villas and house for rent. 


Follow the road you will back to Ubud Main Road (Jalan Raya Ubud) turn right to back to Ubud Market.


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Cycling in Ubud

A short Cycling Route in Ubud area to see something interesting like tourist attractive destination see the Heron birds in Petulu Village, see some rice fields near Ubud. Here is the route you can follow :

From Ubud (Jalan Raya Ubud) start cycling to East direction than will see the big Arjuna statue with arrow at the traffic light turn to Left.

that is Jalan Raya Andong, there are many handicraft shops along the right and left side of the road. Follow the road up to see Bali Khrisna Cargo at the left side of the road than turn to left entering Petulu Village.
Petulu Village is famous with it's white heron bird in Balinese name Kokokan.

 

Continue the cycling trip to see the T-junction turn the left and follow the road (60 Meters) than next T-junction turn to the right at Junjungan Village and (20 Meters) see another T-junction turn to the left direction to Tegalantang Village. here you will see short quite road with rice field in the right and left side, enjoy the cycling trip down street. There are many new accommodation being build in this area but some farmer still keep their land with sign " NOT FOR SALE " 


Follow the road down to Taman Village (Jalan Sriwedari) and you will be back to Jalan Raya Ubud.

Please see the map bellow for more detail about cycling route in ubud


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Enjoy your cycling in Ubud....

ATM and Bank in Ubud

Here is some information about Bank and ATM (automated teller machine) or "Cash machine" located in Ubud area. 

 

ATM in Ubud

Be careful if your card stuck in the ATM machine, better use an ATM that located in front of the Bank and use your card on Bank office hour, because if there is a problem with your card or problem with ATM machine you can directly go to the Bank and ask for help.

Below is the map will help traveler to easy find an ATM (automated teller machine) or "Cash machine" and Bank located in Ubud area.

Red Marker = ATM only
Blue Marker = Bank + ATM


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Penataran Sasih Temple

Name of Sasih associated with the presence resembling bronze drum found in the penataran sasih temple, which is considered as the moon that falls from the sky. Society considers that the bronze drum is a manifestation of God or Lord foundation, so that people believe in and call the bronze drum as Ratu Sasih, the Goddess of the moon.


Pura Penataran Sasih
Pura Penataran Sasih

Historical review of Penataran Sasih temple can be expressions based on several ancient relics found in the temple, namely: the bronze drum, pragmen (the inscriptions from the 10th AD century) and the statue put on Candrasengkala Saka year 1264 (1342). Based on these artifacts can be presented as follows: the bronze drum located on Penataran Sasih come from the "Bronze Iron Age"-iron and bronze age, around 500 BC. 

The bronze drum at that time considered to have magical value. When the bronze drums (original in place) then where Penataran Sasih temple there in prehistoric times has been regarded as a sacred place. As well as the fragments of inscriptions were thought to have come from the 10th AD century show that Penataran Sasih temple regarded as a sacred place that holds an important role at that time.

Pura Penataran Sasih
Bronze drum - beside

Penataran Sasih Temple
Bronze drum - front

Location :
on Main Road to Tampaksiring, Banjar Intaran, Desa Pejeng

Museum Purbakala Bali

As its name, the Archeological Museum (Museum Purbakala) serves to store a variety of objects of cultural heritage from prehistoric to historic times. These objects are all derived from conservation in Bali itself. Built on land with an area of approximately 5165 meters and is divided into three parts namely the outer, middle, and inner. 

There are at least nine hall in the courtyard outside of the museum is used for a meeting room. And in the central courtyard serves to store and display of ancient objects from the museum's contents. Various collections of historical and pre historical details at this museum are divided into two groups based on the time or where these objects came the stone age to the bronze age, and the era of history from the eighth century until the XV century AD.


Museum Pubakala Bedulu, Bali
Museum Pubakala Bedulu, Bali
About the history of the museum purbakala Bali was originated from the idea of exhibiting objects of cultural heritage is managed by the Bureau of Antiquities in 1950. The idea was first raised by the former Department of Antiquities of Bali To the Professor Dr. Rd. Soejono and Drs. Soeharto. This museum itself was officially opened by the Director General of Culture Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia in mid-September 1974.

Museum Pubakala Bedulu, Bali
Museum Pubakala Bedulu, Bali
The facilities to provide the convenience to visitors, the museum is equipped with a relatively large parking area, bathroom and toilet. The museum is very precise, especially for those who want to know the history of  civilization Bali from time to time. 

Museum Pubakala Bedulu, Bali
Museum Pubakala Bedulu, Bali
Location
Archaeological Museum is located on Tampaksiring main road, Bedudu Village, Blahbatu District, about 3 km from Ubud. Located about 26 km from the capital Denpasar or conversion took about 40 minutes away.

Taman Ayun Temple

Taman Ayun temple is a mother temple (Paibon) for the Kingdom of Mengwi, in Bali. Surrounded by fish ponds so that at the time in this place as if it were in the middle of the lake, built in the 17th century (supposedly built in 1634) by Tjokerda Sakti Blambangan  the first king of the Kingdom of Mengwi with architects from china. 

Originally the temple was founded by pretending that it is available when the distance is too far to reach by public Mengwi. Location of Taman Ayun Temple is in the Village Mengwi Badung regency, Bali, located approximately 18 Kilometers north direction from Kuta.


Taman Ayun Temple
Taman Ayun

Taman Ayun temple was destroyed by the great earthquake that occurred in 1917. Repairs carried out on a large scale in 1937, and in 1949 carried out repairs to the kori agung, gate, and making a great hall. The temple and the monument briefly as high as 16 feet in parts of the temple courtyard is built according to the architecture of Java, while a small temple monument in the form of stone seats totaling 64 pieces an era ancestor megalithic monument in memory of the warriors who died in the war.

Taman Ayun Temple
Taman Ayun

Taman Ayun Temple has an area of 100 x 250 m2, divided into, the outer court and the inner court. Exterior side yard beyond the pool there, in the courtyard of the three, the first is the first court is a place to rest while enjoying the beauty of the temple, the second is a lot higher in the second place of the court in the first, here are nine relief guard every corner or according to the belief of Balinese Hindu known as Dewata Nawa Sanga, the third is in the third courtyard, located at the high bun with a door in the center position will be opened only at the time of the ceremony as the exit point of statues and other ceremonial equipment. Meanwhile, two more doors on the left and on the right serves to activities in and out daily activities. Here where the most important and sacred, there are several temples and Meru which is a place of worship.

Location of Taman Ayun Temple

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Monkey Forest Ubud

The Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal is owned by the village of Padangtegal. Village members serve on the Sacred Monkey Forest's governing council (The Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation). 

The Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation has historically strived to develop and implement management objectives that will both maintain the sacred integrity of the monkey forest in Ubud and promote the monkey forest ubud as a sacred site that is open to visitors from around the world.

Monkey forest ubud
the Monkey

In 1986, only 800 people per month (on average) were visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal. Today, it is not uncommon for the monkey forest to host 15,000 visitors per month. Although the Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation welcomes the fact that a growing number of tourists are choosing to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, the Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation also recognizes that tourism can have negative impacts on the monkey forest's natural and cultural resources. As a result, some of the primary objectives of the Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation include:
  •     Educating people about the importance of conserving the Sacred Monkey Forest's natural and cultural resources.
  •     Maintaining a team of highly trained staff members that are responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Sacred Monkey Forest.
  •     Monitoring and whenever necessary restoring the integrity of the Sacred Monkey Forest's natural and cultural resources.

Monkey Forest Map
Monkey Forest Map
The Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation would like to welcome you as a visitor to the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal. If you have any questions or need assistance, please ask a Wenara Wana staff member (identified in green uniforms). Currently, the entrance fee that visitors pay represents the primary source of funding for Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation natural and cultural resource management projects. 

Pura Dalem Padangtegal
the temple - Pura Dalem Padangtegal

The forest of Monkey Forest ubud
the forest

Monkey Forest ubud
the forest
The Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation requests that you help keep the visitor entrance fee nominal by respecting the sacredness of the Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, obeying all posted rules, and following the instructions of Wenara Wana staff members. In addition, if you enjoy your visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud, the Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation hopes that you will consider providing an additional monetary contribution (which will help the Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation to fund projects associated with the conservation of of the Sacred Monkey Forest's natural and cultural resources). Contributions can be made at the monkey forest's main office (located at the monkey forest's main entrance, jalan monkey forest, Ubud, Bali).

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Museum Puri Lukisan

When the high quality of Balinese art became worldly recognized, more and more Balinese artworks disappeared to other parts of Indonesia and foreign countries. Thus, the fear among the Balinese people, and also Rudolf Bonnet (a Dutch painter, 1895-1978), raised that the most precious art would be lost forever and would never come back to its origin.

Another need among the artists was to improve their skills without losing their own identity as Balinese artists.

               
            
1936
The above mentioned developments were enough for Rudolf Bonnet together with Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati (the former Prince of Ubud, 1910-1978) and his brother, Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawati and the famous painter to alter and shape a foundation in 1936, called "Pita Maha".
               

This foundation was to represent around 125 members in overseas market through exhibitions. Another activity was to organize weekly meetings with painters and woodcarvers in Ubud to discuss their works.

Following the disruptions of Second World War, a new organization, called "Ubud Painters Group", was created by artists such as I Gusti Nyoman Lempad under auspices of Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati and Rudolf Bonnet. Although it had many followers, the end came soon. Since then, a need for a museum of traditional Balinese art was felt among the artists.

1953
First another foundation called Yayasan Ratna Wartha was established in 1953. This Yayasan Ratna Wartha was to carry out the role and uphold the ideals of "Pita Maha". In the same period plans and preparations were made to build a museum of modern Balinese art, designed by Rudolf Bonnet. With several financial support from different sources the building could start.


1954
A foundation stone-laying ceremony was performed by the then Prime Minister Ali Sastroamidjoyo. The name of museum was "Puri Lukisan" (palace of painting), from this time Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati became director of the museum and Bonnet the curator of museum. Without any support from the then Governor Sarimin Reksodiharjo the museum could not developed as far as now.



1956
Museum Puri Lukisan was officially opened for public by the then Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Mohammad Yamin at 31st of January, 1956.

The collection started with a donation of paintings from Rudolf Bonnet. Eventually more had to follow, which were donated by different artists themselves and friends who want to help the museum. The foundation achieved in purchasing some art pieces for the collection. Thanks to the cultural agreement the Dutch government supported the return of Bonnet in 1975, who was summoned to leave Bali in 1956, to complete the building of the museum.

Museum Puri Lukisan shows with its collection (painting and woodcarvings) the important developments of Balinese arts which is unique and priceless. Nowadays within the rapid changes in the art world the museum is active in organizing exhibitions of local artists.

1978
In this year, when both Rudolf Bonnet and Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati died, a great ceremony was held to honor them. Their memory lives on in the creation of Yayasan Ratna Wartha and Museum Puri Lukisan, an unforgettable contribution to the arts, for the benefit of both local and global community

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Antonio Blanco Museum

Blanco, arguably the most famous and successful artist to ever live in Bali, built his magnificent studio on top of a mountain overlooking the Campuan River. This flamboyant building, a unique blend of Balinese architecture imbued with the spirit of his native Spain, houses an interesting collection of works drawn from different periods of his long career. 

During his life it was visited daily by hundreds of people from all over the world. The artist, full of "Catalan charisma," earned himself the sobriquet "The Fabulous Blanco," an expression that mirrored his talent for creativity


Don Antonio Blanco
Antonio Blanco
Antonio Blanco was born on September 15, 1911, in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Both of his parents were Spanish, a fact that Blanco believed linked him geographically and spiritually to Miro and Salvador Dali. His father settled in Manila during the Spanish - American War, where he attained prominence as a physician. Blanco was educated at the American Central School in Manila. During his high school years he loved the arts, literature and language classes but struggled in scientific subjects. It is no wonder that he spoke six languages - Spanish, French, English, Tagalog, Indonesian and a bit of Balinese. After completing high school in Manila, Blanco studied at the National Academy of Art in New York under Sidney Dickinson. During those early formative years, Blanco concentrated on the human form, fascinated by the female body more than any other subject matter. To further his studies and ignite his traveling spirit, he traveled extensively throughout the world before he finally landed in Bali in 1952.The King of Ubud gave Blanco a piece of land to set up his home and studio in Campuan, Ubud, at the confluence of two sacred rivers. Blanco and his Balinese wife, the celebrated dancer Ni Ronji, lived in their mountain retreat, barely leaving it for the world outside. Following a brief trip to the United States, where Blanco acquired many new collectors, the couple never left their fantasy home again.

Living in serene surroundings with his four children, Tjempaka, Mario, Orchid and Maha Devi, Bali became Blanco's center. He was fascinated by the island and completely captivated by its charm.


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Blanco lived and worked in his magical hilltop home until his death in 1999, feverishly creating his fantasy portraits of beautiful women. Surrounded by lush gardens, rice fields and with a Banyan tree standing over his family's temple, Antonio Blanco proceeded to create a new reality for himself. His artistic outpourings of this isolated world became much sought after by eager art lovers, collectors and promoters. Within a few years, Blanco became the most famous foreign artist to make Bali his home. He was recognized in both Indonesia and abroad, receiving numerous Blanco Awards and commanding huge prizes at international auctions.

By the end of his life, Blanco had begun building his museum at his studio in Campuan. Dramatically, he died just before its inauguration. His funeral was marked by a very important Blanco Cremation in Ubud. It was Blanco's dream to turn his studio-mansion into a museum. His son, Mario, fulfilled this dream by following his path to become a painter. The Blanco Renaissance Museum is now open to the public, exposing both the maestro's and Mario's art works..

To learn more about Antonio Blanco, purchase the book "Fabulous Blanco"

Antonio Blanco
Antonio Blanco

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Agung Rai Museum of Art

As one who has lived in and been involved with the world of art, particularly the art of painting, my love for that world has grown daily. My interest and dedication increased dramatically after seeing the collections of two museums in Bali, the Puri Lukisan Museum and the Neka Museum. The identity and individuality of each of these museums is truly reflected by their unique settings and distinctive collections.


Arma Museum
Arma

Through the good fortune I experienced in the world of art, I have had the opportunity to collect paintings that I feel are complementary to and congruent with the collections in the two museums mentioned above. I began collecting paintings seriously in 1980, and the works I sought were those that were an expression of the depth of the artist's sensitivity -- paintings which moved me, and to which I felt a spiritual connection.

The collection includes the works not only of Balinese artists, but also of Indonesian painters from islands other than Bali, such as Affandi, Sudjono, Hendra Gunawan, Srihadi Soedarsono, Abas Alibasyah and others. There are also works by foreign artists who drew inspiration from the natural beauty and culture of Bali. Included are paintings by Rudolph Bonnet, Arie Smit, Le Mayeur de Merpres, Wilem Hofker, Antonio Blanco, Theo Meier, Donald Friend, Hans Snel and others.

I have always been greatly impressed by the paintings of Walter Spies and Raden Saleh and they have been placed in a special collection.
The collected paintings are now in a museum that has been given the name Museum Seni Agung Rai / Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA).
The Museum is to be managed by the ARMA Foundation, to sustain its continuity. One of the main goals of the foundation is to preserve and promote the arts and culture, not only of Bali, but of all Indonesia.

In fact what has been accomplished to date is only a beginning. Nonetheless I hope that the establishment of ARMA will contribute to the treasuring of the arts in the Ubud, Gianyar area, which is the center of artistic life in Bali.
Finally I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the founders and the board of the ARMA Foundation, to give thanks and express immense appreciation to the government officials, the artists, and all of the others who have assisted us in the establishment of this museum. Of course, praise and prayers of thanks to almighty God, Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, as it only through God's grace that what we envisioned has been realized today.

-- Ubud, June 9, 1996
Chairman of the ARMA Foundation
Agung Rai
Agung Rai













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Museum Rudana

A Museum With A Comprehensive Paradigm

Rudana Museum is a museum that was conceptualized, built and developed with a comprehensive paradigm. By occupying the building that was specially designed as a museum, Museum Rudana incorporates the sacred philosophy (holy), where each building in this Museum carries symbols of human devotion to God the mighty Creator.


Museum Rudana

The concept of Museum Rudana as a sacred spatial structure was created by its Founder, Museum Rudana. Nyoman Rudana. With the concept of Tri Hita Karana, he envisioned a building that combines spatial, environment: internal and external covering surrounding residents, which includes everything on the spatial structure: human, management , staff, the museum's collection and all the factors that support the solid foundation of Museum Rudana.


Putu Supadma Rudana
Museum address : Jalan Raya Mas, Ubud - Gianyar
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Neka Art Museum

The Neka Art Museum collection is displayed in several buildings patterned after Balinese architecture. The main structures are for the permanent display of the government registered collection. Another building is used for temporary exhibitions. 

The Neka Art Museum has achieved high standards as a museum of international standing. By July of 1997 it covered an area of 9150 square meters, with 2580 square meters of floor space. The buildings are well maintained and the artworks are displayed and organized historically. The collection continues to grow over the years with over three - hundred pieces.


Location:
Raya Campuhan St.
Kedewatan Village, Ubud
Gianyar 80571
 
Map of Neka
Map of Neka
Neka Art Museum Ubud Bali, is more than just collection of fine art inspired by natural beauty, people, and culture of Bali.

The Neka Art Museum was opened in 1982 and is named after a Balinese teacher Suteja Neka who collected paintings as a means of artistic documentation. Nowadays the museum has a great selection of works from many famous Balinese artists and expats who have lived here and influenced local artists.

Suteja Neka
Suteja Neka

MUSEUM HOUR
Monday-Saturday: 9 A.M.- 5 P.M.
Sunday: NOON - 5 P.M.
Closed: Nation Holiday

ADMISSION FEE
Admission Fees for the Permanent Collection
Rp. 50.000 Adults and Free for children 12 and under

If you have questions or comments about the Museum,
Email : info@museumneka.com
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Tegallalang

Tegallalang is in Gianyar regency, located to the north of Ubud around 20 minutes from Ubud. This area is famous for its rice terraces. There are also many tourists who want to Kintamani stopped at this place to witness the scenic beauty of the rice terrace or lunch at a restaurant to enjoy the beautiful views of rice terrace.


Rice Terrace Tegallalang
Rice Terrace Tegallalang

Rice Terrace Tegallalang
Rice Terrace Tegallalang

Rice Terrace Tegallalang
Rice Terrace Tegallalang

Beside the beautiful views of rice terrace, Tegallalang also a business destination for handicraft items because along the way there are hundreds of shops selling handicraft items like: sculptures from wood, glass frames, mosaic also sold along the way, and others.


Bangli

Bali houses Pura Kehen, Bali's second largest temple. The temple has three courtyards connected by steps, and is decorated with carvings and statues. 

A large banyan tree shades the lowest and second courtyards.


Kehen Temple
Pura Kehen

Bangli Map
Bangli Map

Kehen Temple
Pura Kehen

Jatiluwih

(on the main Sangeh to Bedugul road turn west towards Tabanan about 8 km before you reach Bedugul. Follow the Jatiluwih signs and you will reach the pay booth.). 

A startlingly beautiful area of verdant, terraced rice paddies nestled in the shadow of Mount Batukaru. 

Take your time and explore thoroughly. There are a number hikes thorough truly stunning terrain. When you have had your fill there are a couple of cafes for refreshment (and yet more views).

Jatiluwih rice terrace
Jatiluwih

Jatiluwih rice terrace
Jatiluwih

Bedugul

This mountain resort has a fantastic golf course and has long been used as a weekend retreat by the Balinese. 

Nice view on the way to Bedugul Nice view on the way to Bedugul

Nice view on the way to Bedugul Lake Bratan view

Here lies the serene Danau Bratan, a lake often veiled with mist. A temple was built in honor of the goddess of the lake, Dewi Danau. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan rises from the lakeshore promontory and seems to rise from within Danau Bratan itself. 

The area is excellent for walking, water skiing, and parasailing. Boats are available for rent.

Bali Treetop Adventure Park, at the Botanical Gardens

The park includes six main circuits that stretch from tree to tree, as well as nets, Tarzan Jumps, and bridges. Each run also features "Flying Fox" zip-lines of up to 160 metres, providing heart-pounding thrills to guests as they fly through the air. Two circuits are designed for young children from 4 years old.


Treetop Adventure Treetop Adventure at Botanical Garden

Treetop Adventure at Kebun Raya Bali Treetop Adventure Bedugul

Treetop Adventure Flying Fox Treetop Adventure

Treetop Game Bedugul Treetop Adventure

Treetop Adventure Kebun Raya Bedugul Treetop Adventure

Treetop Adventure Treetop Adventure

Treetop Adventure Botanical Garden Kebun Raya Bali

Botanical Gardens Bedugul Kebun Raya Bedugul


Pura Ulun Danu Bratan (Lake Bratan Temple), Lake Bratan, Bedugul. 


After Tanah Lot, this is perhaps the most photographed temple on the island and is certainly one of the iconic images of Bali. The temple sits on the western shore of Lake Bratan and it can give the illusion of actually floating on the water. Built in 1633, the temple is devoted to Ida Batara Dewi Ulun Danu, goddess of the lake. A beautiful temple in a truly stunning setting.

Ulun Danu Temple
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Bedugul Map
Map of Bedugul
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