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Puri Saren Agung (Ubud Palace)

19 November 2010 No Comment

gateways at Ubud palace (puri saren agung)

Gateway into a courtyard

On our way to warung babi guling Ibu Oka (read our review on Ibu Oka here) we visited the Ubud palace, which was located just a stone’s throw away. The palace, which is also within walking distance to Ubud market and many of the nearby shops, is a good place to visit if you are interested in the traditional Balinese home design and architecture.

Not having a guide with us, we toured the palace ground on our own. Most visitors spent only a short period of time here, and were preoccupied mainly with taking photos. There was no information regarding the palace compound or about the royal family around, so if you wish to learn more about the historical and cultural significance of the palace, hiring a guide beforehand will be a good idea. Unlike our past experiences with Balinese temples, we were not required to wear traditional sarung over our shorts or skirts.

ubud palace

ubud palace

This particular Balé houses a gamelan instrument set

According to online sources, the Ubud palace has been the seat of Ubud’s royal family for the past two centuries. The palace ground itself is not huge, yet it exudes the aura of royalty as well as the usual Balinese charm. The gateways between courtyards were particularly majestic looking. To summarise our observation, the compound is designed as several adjoining courtyards, each separated from the next by a small wall. The outer courtyards, which are accessible to tourists, houses several open gazebo-like structures (locally known as Balé). We did not get to see the inner courtyards, as access to these is restricted to residents only.

Travel Info

Entrance fee: free

Further reading: http://www.ubudpalace.com/ (this is a website we found online, and may not be the official site or in any way related to the Ubud palace and the royal family)

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