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Ubud Palace

The definitive example of traditional Balinese culture and art located within the heart of Ubud. The palace is the traditional home of the Sukawati royal family who still reside in the rear of the compound today. The front of the compound is open for visitors to wander and marvel at the Hindu-inspired architecture, sculptures and landscaped tropical gardens.

Traditional dance performances are held within the palace daily at 7.30pm with a different dance for each night of the week. Be delighted by the brightly colored costumes and skillful dance steps performed to live Balinese percussion music.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

1-2hours

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

8am-6pm7 days

Look Around

Ornate western gateway to palaceOrnate western gateway to palace
Concrete carvings adorning wallsConcrete carvings adorning walls
Gold-clad door guarded by stone sculpturesGold-clad door guarded by stone sculptures
Intricate carving on wallIntricate carving on wall
Around the palace
Balinese children learning a traditional danceBalinese children learning a traditional dance
New carvings surrounding a doorwayNew carvings surrounding a doorway
Carvings above doorwayCarvings above doorway

Who Will Like Ubud Palace

Culture Buff

Live like a king as you marvel at intricate architecture and sculptures within the 19th century royal compound. Sit back and enjoy traditional Balinese dancers portraying a variety of folklore stories.

Insider Tips For Ubud Palace

  • Pedestrians should be careful crossing the road as the palace is located opposite the main entrance to Ubud Art Market and traffic is frequently heavy.
  • No informative plaques are available so visit with a local guide if you want to learn the history of the royal family and traditions behind the architecture style. 
  • Tickets for each evening’s dance performance can be purchased onsite in the afternoon. Arrive by 7pm for a 7.30pm start to get good seats. Tickets cost Rp100,000 (USD$6.78).
  • When attending the evening dance performance, allow extra commute time because of frequent traffic jams.

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Where Is It

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Jl. Raya Ubud No.8, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

How To Get There

Motorbike

Free motorbike parking along Jalan Suweta.

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Car

Paid parking for cars is possible along Jalan Raya but this is not recommended because of heavy traffic and limited spaces.

Rp2,000 (USD$0.14)

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Car

Private drivers drop off and pick up at north-west corner of the Ubud Art Market. Walk 5 meters across the road to the palace entrance.

Rp2,000 (USD$0.14)

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What To Bring

Do:
  • Cash for dance tickets
  • Water bottle.
  • Comfortable shoes for walking. 
  • Camera.
  • Sunscreen and hat for sun protection.
Don't:
  • Pets like dogs.

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yes

Tripod allowed: Yes

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Anytime

Tips: Take a careful look at the intricate details in the wall carvings. These make for beautiful tightly-framed close-up shots. On some days, children hold dance lessons as they attempt to master intricate Balinese choreography. Try capturing these moments.

Drones

Drones allowed: Yes (subject to national/regional rules)

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

Dozens of international restaurants and local food stalls are located along Jalan Raya Ubud outside the palace.

Backstory

The Ubud Royal Palace was built according to the Hindu philosophy “Sanga Mandala”, meaning to use 9 zones, in the mid 1800s. The palace has been renovated several times but always with sensitivity and respect for its original design and construction principles.

Several design features reserved for Balinese royal palaces can be seen including:

  • the compound is located opposite the market place so the king could traditionally look out, watch trade activity, and assess his kingdom's economy. 
  • 2 lychee trees are located in the front courtyard as a symbol of the king's soverignity. 

Ubud’s tourism industry started in the late 1920s when the King invited European artists to live and work in Ubud. Its popularity grew simultaneous with the royal family’s determination for Ubud to remain authentic and traditional.

Etiquette

Pros:
  • Be respectful to other visitors and to the historical buildings and statues. 
  • Follow and obey signage as visitors are not permitted in some areas.
Cons:
  • Wander into closed sections within the palace.
  • Sit on or climb on monuments or bales as these are reserved for offical ceremonies.
  • Arrive late to the dance performance.
  • Stray off the path or walk on the grass.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Intricate architecture and sculptures inspired by Hinduism.
  • Traditional Balinese dance depicting a deferent folklore story each night of the week.
Could Be Better:
  • Long duration of dance performance may not appeal to visitors with shorter attention spans.
  • Hot sun with minimal shade.
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