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Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Sacred Monkey Forest of Ubud

11/10/2013 08:25:00 AM 2 Comments

Indonesia Day 6

I continued my walking tour on my second day in Ubud. It took me 40 minutes (easy pace) to get here from Jalan Sriwedari. It is located at the other end of the Monkey Forest Road.

Gate 2 Entrance

There are two ways to get here from Jalan Raya Ubud. You can take Jalan Hanoman which will lead you to Gate 1 or Monkey Forest Road which ends up to the Gate 2 Entrance. I went with the latter.

hello visitors! :)

Upon entering the premises, you will already see these guys all over the place. Don't worry they are harmless. Umm at least for me. Though I've read some reports that there had been attacks already.

an adult male

a curious guy

This forest is home to more or less 600 long-tailed macaque monkeys. This type of monkey can be found throughout Southeast Asia.

just chilling up here

So why are they sacred? Monkeys play a significant role in Balinese Hinduism. This importance is emulated in their dances and epic stories like the Kecak and Ramayana, in statues and carvings and many other folk tales.

happy family

siesta time

This place is owned by the village people of Padangtegal where it is located. Their objective is to  develop the site but at the same time maintain its sacredness. There are also researches that are being done in this forest.The fees that we pay goes for conserving the forest and for the welfare of the monkeys.

how you doin down there buddy?

It was actually a huge place. I thought it was just like a park or something. When I went around, I found some temples inside too.

aren't we cute? :)

Aside from it being a temple complex, it is also a nature reserve. You will not only enjoy visiting this place because of the monkeys. I had fun walking around being surrounded by these numerous trees. There are at least 115 various tree species that can be found here. There are also different animal specials roaming around the forest.

the forest

For the Balinese, some trees here are considered holy and they use it for their spiritual practices.

whoah! big leaf!

There were two little monkeys that climbed up at me too. But I wasn't attacked nor hurt. They did not find food from me so they easily went away. They just got attracted to my shoulder bag but found nothing significant. My tip before going there would be, avoid carrying food and bottled beverages. They can easily spot and sniff these items and it will alert them to get it from you. If you happen to be attacked by them, give them what they want immediately so they won't hurt you. Also, don't do anything to make them feel threatened. Just be nice and you will be fine. :)

thank you for coming! :)

Don't be taken aback visiting here. It'll be a worthwhile experience, I assure you. The mere presence of this forest in Ubud is an affirmation of the harmonious co-existence of human and nature.

If you want to know what else you can see inside the Monkey Forest, click here.

Ticket Price: IDR 20,000 

"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in." ~George Washington Carver

This is Part 2-1 of my Bali travel series.