Monkey Forest ubud
The Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali is both a temple complex and an animal sanctuary. Padangtegal Mandala Wisata is its entire name, as written on a welcome sign. In Bali, the Ubud Monkey Forest is a small rain forest teaming with monkeys and other tropical fauna. It is well situated in the heart of Ubud Village. Monkey Forests, known as Wanara Wana in Balinese, may be found all across the island, with Ubud Monkey Forest playing a vital part in the preservation of the monkey ecology. Meanwhile, the local community plays a vital role in preserving the natural nature of this forest so that all wild species can coexist together. In the midst of Ubud, a little tropical forest offers spectacular natural splendour.
Things To Know Before Visit Monkey Forest Ubud
The sacred sanctuary of Monkey Forest is located on the southern border of Ubud town around 3 kms south of central town with a leading road also with the name of Monkey Forest. The site can be reached by many sides besides from the central town of Ubud, from the eastern corner of Ubud and from the southern area of Ubud. The distance from Kuta is around 55 kms, from Sanur around 40 kms, and from Nusa Dua area around 65 kms. The location is located in the center of Ubud, so it’s very easy to find the location of Ubud Monkey Forest, armed with a google map and directions at each crossroads will make it very easy for you to find this place. And if you want to visit Ubud Monkey Forest, you visit other tourist destinations in Ubud, you can take the Full Day Ubud Tour package and if you only want to visit it within half a day, you can take the Half Day Ubud Tour package and of course the price is very cheap and friendly to your pocket. In addition, we from Bali Tour provide transportation at low prices that you can rent if you only want to visit this Ubud monkey forest tourist destination.
As for the establishment of Ubud Monkey Forest, it is not known exactly when it was founded, but based on the lontar Pura Purana records that the temples in Monkey Forest based on an analysis of a manuscript called Pura Purana ( meaning history of a temple ) which is considered a sacred writing the temple was built around the 14th century during the reign of Pejeng Dynasty or it could also be called the beginning of the Gelgel Dynasty. If this assumption is taken the establishment of the temple would be before 1343 AD, not at the beginning of Gelgel Palace which is far behind around 17th century. The purpose for building the Ubud Monkey Forest is based on the teachings of Tri Hita Karana which emphasizes the relationship between humans and their environment. Located in a sacred area with an area of 12.5 hectares, where this sacred area is referred to as a sacred area where temples are located, in this area there are 3 holy temples that are sanctified by local people, including Pura Dalem Agung, Beji Temple and Prajapati Temple. Research from Udayana University in Bali also identified 115 tree species in the Ubud Monkey Forest. Some trees are considered sacred and are included in the Balinese Hindu worship rituals. For example the majegan tree whose trunk is used specifically to make temples, the banyan tree which is used for cremation ceremonies, and the pule bandak tree which symbolizes the spirit of the forest and is used to make sacred masks. In addition, there is also a long-tailed monkey habitat here, a total of about 800 monkeys that inhabit this Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary with complex houses of approximately 340 (Macaca fascicularis) monkeys (32 adult males, 19 male sub adults, 77 adult females, 122 juveniles and 54 infants). Crab-eating Macaque. It can often be seen how the Balinese Macaques are cracking open coconuts. If available they like to eat bananas and papayas, too. Once taken please leave the fruit with the monkeys. If you are to feed the macaques please do so carefully, and if they take food from you, please do not attempt to retrieve it back. It is also of great importance that you treat the trees, the plants and other animals and structures within the Sacred Monkey Forest with great respect. The Sacred Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary serves not only as an important component in the spiritual and daily life of the villagers, but is the site of several research and conservation programs. The maintenance and management of special places like this attract the attention of researchers from all over the world, especially the interaction between human beings and the monkeys of this sacred place which is the subject of surveys and research studies. This is a holy area and an important ecological preservation. please enjoy the beauty and magic of this place. while at the same time respecting what lives in it. If you have any questions or if you should need assistance, please ask the Wenara wana personnel (identified by their green uniforms) or a member of the research project.
Ubud Monkey Forest as the number one tourist destination in Ubud has very complete facilities, where this place is always visited by hundreds of tourists every day and with these complete facilities it will make tourists feel very comfortable staying in this place. there is a very large parking lot, so you don’t need to be confused anymore to find a parking space, have toilet facilities located in every corner of the Ubud Monkey Forest area, so you don’t have to worry if you need to pee here, there is a very nice lobby as an information center for those of you who need a map of this monkey forest area, in front of the Ubud monkey forest across the street, there are a row of shops selling various kinds of handicrafts and souvenirs that you can get at low prices, and there are drink and snack shops and even this restaurant along the Ubud Monkey Forest road. A very adequate facility for tourist satisfaction in spending time in this Ubud village
Besides having a very enchanting natural beauty where there is a forest with lush trees and inhabited by hundreds of monkeys who are friendly and sacred by the local people here. Ubud monkey forest also has a very beautiful temple to look at with a Balinese architectural design style that seems to add to its unique and ancient impression. The history of the temple has existed since time immemorial. There are three temples in The Sacred Monkey Forest namely :
- Pura Dalem Agung Padang Tegal is a temple located in the village of Padang Tegal which is located in the Ubud monkey forest area, precisely in the southwest part of the monkey forest area of Ubud. Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal Ubud, is intended to worship the god Shiva as part of Kahyangan Tiga which is found in every traditional village in Bali. In its history, it was previously mentioned that Pura Dalem is a worship of Dewi Durga as the main deity of the Bhairawa Sect, so that Pura Dalem is very closely related to Setra and Pura Prajapati as a place of worship of the cosmic nature to neutralize positive and negative forces. The Pura Dalem Agung Padang Tegal is also known as the “Temple of the Dead” among foreign tourists.
- Pura Beji is a temple located in the southwest of the monkey forest area of Ubud. Beji Temple is designated as a place of worship for the goddess Ganga. According to Balinese Hindu belief, Pura Beji is a sacred garden located in the temple environment as a place of purification for Ida Bethara before religious ceremonies are held. The people of Padang Tegal village before carrying out religious ceremonies will come to this Beji Temple to ask for holy water which will be designated as one of the important means in the ceremony using holy water from this Beji Temple. Apart from being a place of purification for Ida Bethara, Beji is also often used for melukat as a spiritual cleansing of the mind and soul.
- Pura Prajapati is a temple located in the eastern area of the monkey forest of Ubud, while the function of this Prajapati temple is as a place of worship to Sanghyang Widhi in His prestige as “Prajapati” and also Dewi Durga which is located in Hulun setra. According to Balinese Hindu belief, if a person dies and has not been held in the Ngaben ceremony, then that person’s spirit has the status of “Preta” and must be buried in the Prajapati Temple first, so that the spirit of the deceased person does not wander. if it is ready to carry out the cremation, the family will pray at the Prajapati temple and ask that the preta can be cremated and increase his status to “Pitra” which will form the subtle bodies of Teja (light), Vayu (air) and Akasa (ether).