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Palace Guest Books – A Reflection of Ubud’s Past

Text by Darma Putra, Hello Bali, October 2006

“With great regret we leave Bali after much too short a stay! We will never forget this wonderful atmosphere of tranquility. Your Puri is the place we hope most to return to”.

One cannot claim to have been to Bali before going to Ubud. Likewise, one cannot claim to have been to Ubud before exploring the palace: Puri Ubud. Only by watching performances of Balinese dance in the nightly cultural performances in the outer compound of the Palace can one’s visit of Ubud become a culturally complete trip.

A complete trip to Ubud means a trip where one always want to return to, as stated by Hellen and Allen O’Brien who visited Ubud in 1966 from California. They addressed the comments to Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati, the former king of Ubud, after holidaying in the palace more than four decades ago.

Puri Ubud is located right in the centre of the village town. In front of it, across the road, is Ubud public market and art market where tourists can buy souvenirs. The palace was open to paying guests from 1948 until the mid 1980s, not only in order allow visitors to experience a unique palace atmosphere, but most importantly to fulfill the need for quality accommodation. When enough hotels emerged in Ubud, the families of the palace opened it only for sight seeing. Surrounded by typical Balinese walls and gates, the Ubud Palace is well known for its friendliness. Its door is always open. Hundred of tourists visit the place everyday free of charge. They are allowed inside to see the compound structure, architecture, and most importantly to feel the glory of Balinese culture and tradition. Probably none of the visitors to Ubud Palace know that the palace has attracted millions of tourists since the colonial period, some of whom came to make a short visit, some other were lucky able to stay in the compound. (more…)

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