Spirit monkeys in Ubud

While a popular place for visitors to Bali, the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud is actually a spiritual haven.

Located in the village of Padangtegal, the 12.5 hectare forest houses 700 monkeys, as well as over 100 species of trees and three temples, built in the middle of the 14th century – Pura Dalem Agung, Pura Beji and Pura Prajapati.

These cultural sanctuaries are an important part of Balinese heritage and everyday life. Temple festivals are regularly held for the villagers with offerings and prayers given to the spirits and gods, as well as the spirits of the trees and statues in the forest.

A walk through its leafy pathways, over beautiful bridges like the one pictured left, and the inevitable engagement with the cheeky monkeys, will leave you with lasting memories. monkeyforestubud.com

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