Ubud- Bali News

Ubud- Bali News

Ubud- Bali News


Ubud is a City in the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, Situated amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. Promoted as an arts and culture center, it has developed a large tourism market.

Ubud's population of about 112,490 people and receives over 3 million foreign tourists every year. The region surrounding the town consists of small farms, rice paddies, agroforestry plantations, and tourist resorts. As of 2018, more tourists visited Ubud than Denpasar in southern Bali.

Eighth-century legend tells of a Javanese priest, Rsi Markendya, who meditated in the confluence of two rivers (an auspicious site for Hindus) at the Ubud neighborhood of Campuhan. Here he set the Gunung Lebah Temple on the valley floor, the website of which stays a pilgrim destination.

The town was originally important as a source of medicinal herbs and plants; Ubud gets its title in the Balinese word ubad (medication ).

From the late nineteenth century, Ubud became the chair of feudal lords who owed their allegiance to the king of Gianyar, at once the strongest of Bali's southern states. The lords were all members of the Balinese Kshatriya caste of both Suk, also were important supporters of the village's increasingly renowned arts scene.

Tourism on the island developed after the coming of Walter Spies, an ethnic German born in Russia who taught painting and songs, and dunked in dancing. Spies and foreign painters Willem Hofker and Rudolf Bonnet entertained celebrities including Charlie Chaplin, Noël Coward, Barbara Hutton, H.G. Wells and Vicki Baum. They brought in a number of the best artists from all over Bali to instruct and train the Balinese in arts, helping Ubud eventually become the cultural centre of Bali.

Another foreign artist Han Snel was a dutch soldier that discovered Ubud following his army service building a studio along with his new wife Siti, his painting caught the imagination of both foreigners and Balinese alike with his invigorating synthesis of both cultures.

Antonio Blanco a Spanish/American artist lived in Ubud from 1952 till his departure in 1999.

A new burst of creative energy arrived in the 1960s following the birth of Dutch painter Arie Smit (b. 1916) and the maturation of the Young Artists Movement.

Even the Bali tourist boom since the late 1960s has seen much development in the town; however, it remains a centre of artistic quest.

Back in 2002, terrorist bombings caused a decline in tourism during Bali including Ubud. In response for this writer's festival is made, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival to help revive tourism, the island's main financial lifeline.

The town and area has a number of museums, like the Blanco Renaissance Museum, the Puri Lukisan Museum, Neka Art Museum, and also the Agung Rai Museum of Art. The Museum Rudana in Peliatan is nearby. Galleries promoting overseas and local crafts are abound, too, in Ubud. Some often hold exhibitions focused on stimulating a dialogue between the two the local and global artists, and much less about selling artworks. One of the chief examples is BIASA ArtSpace, founded by art enthusiast and fashion designer Susanna Perini.

The Tek Tok is a traditional Balinese dance that is accompanied by musical sound of mouth'Tek Tok' entirely with various combinations of body motion and other sounds. The story Draupadi Parwa told in the Tek Tok Dance informs a moral message, as soon as a lady who embodies the values of patience, sacrifice, compassion, devotion, and sacred sincerity is disrespected, then disasters and calamities will befall a kingdom or state. This narrative also conveys the concept that truth, merit, devotion and real empathy will always be protected by God. The Tek Tok dancing performance is held regularly at the Bali Culture Center (BCC) in Ubud four times a week. Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) is held each year, which will be participated by writers and readers from all over the world.


Many Balinese dances have been performed across Ubud such as the Legong by the Peliatan Dance Group, the primary troupe to travel abroad.

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