"Ubud Palace" Bali Things to Do Tip by gypsysoul73

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Across the street from the market is the Ubud Palace that is a traditional Balinese complex open to visitors who wish a glimpse of life as a Balinese royal. Today, the palace or puri is used as a venue for traditonal dance and ceremonies. We stepped through the main doorway that was adorned with religious and mythical figures and onto the first courtyard to find many locals milling around idly waiting for rehersals for the Legong show scheduled that night to start.

Past yet another gateway (above) we found ourselves in the middle of a second courtyard within the property's thick stone walls. Beyond this courtyard were many more courtyards, each one with a cluster of bales or open-sided pavilions supported by teak columns used for different purposes. Bali palaces are hardly imposing because all the structures within the compound are never built more than one story high. There is a superstition of some sort about being under other people's footsteps.

There were the requisite gold leaf and ornamentation fit for royalty, and the intricately carved wooden doors and stone structures were especially awe-inspiring. But I couldn't help feel a sense of harmony with nature as I walked through the grounds and among structures built with mud, stone, bamboo, teak, thatch roofing, livened up by a variety of foliage and plant life with frangipani scattered about. This was the stuff those glossy Balinese-inspired coffee table design books are made of. By the time we traced our steps back to the street the rehearsals had started and we lingered for a short while, enjoying a sneak peak into what was in store for us that night, though at another venue.

Address: Jl Raya Ubud

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  • Written Aug 31, 2007
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