Desa Ubud Bali, Ubud is an urban village, oversees 13 (thirteen) train service consisting of 6 (six) indigenous villages, including Ubud sub district, Gianyar regency. With a height of about 300 meters above sea level, Ubud has a cooler air from the Southern plains native Balinese. Ubud village, 20 km from the city of Denpasar, Ubud can be reached in about 30 minutes from the town of Gianyar.
Ubud is known as a quiet area with beautiful scenery. Offers a natural atmosphere to calm down, captivating views of rice fields, cool atmosphere, and friendly residents, an environment that will make the streets more pleasant in the morning and afternoon.
A lot of tourists come to Ubud initially only for one or two days, and then they decide to stay longer, as they cannot resit to blend in the beautiful and amazing culture. Ubud is where Elizabeth Gilbert found peace and love as written in the book that his best seller, “Eat, Pray, Love”. The book was eventually filmed, starring famous actress Julia Roberts and senior Indonesian actress Christine Hakim.
Ubud urban village of about 9,800 inhabitants. With the natural surroundings, this area is a source of inspiration for artists, including artists abroad, mainly European artists.
Ubud has beautiful natural addition, this area is also a village with a rich cultural heritage of the great artists, especially the famous painter, for example
I Gusti Nyoman Lempad (1862-1978),
Anak Agung Gde Sobrat (1919-1992),
I Gusti Made Deblog (1910-1986), later followed by others like,
I Gusti Ketut Kobot,
Ida Bagus Made,
Dewa Putu Bedil,
Ida Bagus Rai
and many others.
Fame of the artists mentioned above help provide inspiration to Western artists residing in the village of Ubud.
Around the 1920s, the two European painters from the Netherlands Rudolf Bonnet and Walter Spies from Germany inscribe the new history of the development of painting in Ubud area. Both the European painters introduced European aesthetic techniques particularly in the field of lighting, shadows, perspective and anatomy. The local painters to absorb new techniques in accordance with the basic values and local mind while taking traditional themes so as to give a separate identity known as Ubud style painting.
Ubud village became famous as the birthplace of painters thanks to the cooperation between Tjokordo Gde Agung Sukawati with Rudolf Bonnet to form an association of artists with the name Pita Maha, who also participated in the establishment Pita Maha is Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawati, I Nyoman Gisti Lempad on in 1936. Pita Maha is a place for gathering and discussing issues and development of painting, as well as to exchange ideas and introduce their art results.
In a later development, on the initiative of Ida Tjokordo Gde Agung Sukawati supported by Rudolf Bonnet, a painter born in the Netherlands and also the local painter plans to establish a museum. Yayasan Ratna Wartha preformed given the task to carry out the construction and management of the museum. In 1945 began the construction of the museum where the groundbreaking ceremony was done by Prime Minister Ali Sastroamidjoyo. In the past two years, precisely in 1956 the museum was opened by the Minister of Education and Culture Mr.Moh.Yamin
As a tourist destination, Ubud has many attractive objects for tourists, both domestic and foreign. Some of these objects is Puri Saren, which is located in Puri Ubud, traditional art market, Monkey Forest (Wenara Wana) and museum.