Place to Visit : Batubulan, Celuk, Mas, Ubud
Ubud, a town in central Bali, is far removed from the beach party scene in Kuta, and is regarded as the cultural centre of Bali. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists’ workshops and galleries. There are some remarkable architectural and other sights to be found, and a general feeling of well being to be enjoyed, all thanks to the spirit, surroundings, and climate of the place.
In many ways, the history of the Ubud area (not so much the modern day town) is the very history of Bali itself. In 1900, Ubud became a Dutch protectorate at its own request, and the colonialists interfered little, allowing the traditional arts and culture of the area to remain relatively unchanged. The modern era of Ubud perhaps began in the 1930s, when foreign artists were encouraged by the royal family to take up presence in the town. From their Ubud base, the likes of Walter Spies and Rudolph Bonnet were instrumental in promoting an understanding of Balinese art and culture worldwide. From the 1960s onwards, travellers started to arrive in earnest, mostly intrepid types as the infrastructure was still very limited indeed. Since then, Ubud has developed rapildy into a high profile, top class international destination, whilst still maintaining its integrity as the centre of Balinese art and culture.
UBUD TOUR ITINERARY :
UBUD TOUR – STONE CARVING at BATUBULAN VILLAGE
You will start your day in the village of Batubulan, known for its soft stone carvings of demons, garden temples, statues, Buddhas and ornamental plaques of Balinese scenes.
UBUD TOUR – SILVER HANDICRAFT at CELUK, SUKAWATI VILLAGE
Then it’s time to observe the ancient craft of silver jewelry making in Celuk. Many traditional pieces of simple earrings, bracelets, and necklaces are showcased. Then there are filigreed pieces with work so delicate they are reminiscent of silk lace or spider webs. Recently some of the younger silversmiths have created some striking modernistic designs that are sure to catch the eye. It’s a beautiful blend of traditional skill combined with neo-artistic vision.
UBUD TOUR – WOOD CARVING at MAS VILLAGE
To fully appreciate the wood carvings seen in shops and stalls all over Bali one must visit Mas. Here you se the true scope of the craft of woodcarving. You will see life size woodcarvings of fishermen with nets full of fish, deer, dolphin, monkeys, horses, and many sizes and styles of masks. You will be amazed by the three dimensional scenic carvings of village life, ceremonies, and wildlife. These carvings much too large and intricate for normal shops and have to be seen here.
UBUD TOUR – UBUD VILLAGE of ART
Then we will see some of the paintings, sculptures, and modern art of Bali in world famous artists colony of Ubud. In the 8th century a Javanese priest named Rsi Markendya founded the Gunung Lebah Temple at the meeting of two rivers, a very auspicious place for Hindus, in Campuan, Ubud.
The town was originally a source of medicinal herbs and plants. Ubud gets it name from the Balinese word ubad or medicine.
In the late nineteenth century, Ubud became the seat Gianyar, at one time the most powerful of Bali’s southern states. Ubud is the village where the traditional Balinese painters of Batubulan and Ubud, studied with visiting European artists in the 1930’s and 1940’s. They created a style of painting new to both art worlds. There are traditional village and forest scenes as well as paintings reflecting surfers, cars, buses, as well as modern villas and buildings in the present.
|UBUD TOUR PERSONAL PREPARATION :
Ubud Tour Half Day Approx. 5 Hours
|Number of Pax||1||2 – 3||4 – 6||7 – 10||11 – 15|
|Rates/Pax||USD 40.00||USD 27.00||USD 16.00||USD 15.00||USD 13.00|
> Half Day Approx. 5 Hours.
> Hotel Pick Up at 8.30 AM or 2.00 PM
Inclusive :Hotel Pick Up with Air-conditioned Van, Trained English speaking driver, Gasoline, Parking Fee, Donation, entrance fee at scenic spot.
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