Located in Bali, Indonesia, the Ubud Monkey Forest can be found in the village of Padangtegal. The Monkey Forest is significant to the locals with its importance as a spiritual, educational, economic and conservation center for the village and its people.
Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal is also known as the Padangtegal Great Temple of Death and forms as one of the three Hindu temples that are located within the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Bali, Indonesia. If you’re looking for a central luxury resort in Ubud, you may be able to find quite a number of options that offer a variety of experiences and activities such as COMO Uma Ubud.
The Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal is the main temple inside the Monkey Forest Sanctuary and is location in the south western side. The temple is used to worship the deity Hyang Widhi who is known as the Recycler or Transformer. The temple is believed to have been constructed in 1350 and attracts about 10,000 tourists a month. The outer structure of the temple are fitted and decorated with ancient Asian statues of various sizes and shapes, each with their own story to tell.
Walking through the Monkey Forest, you will quite obviously come across its most famed residents – about 340 monkeys! The area in front of the temple is known to be the territory of the famed crab-eating macaques. Visitors to the temple are advised not to feed the monkeys any snacks like peanuts, and vendors outside the temple usually sell bananas for tourists to feed the monkeys. The monkey forest is also said to have about 115 species of trees, most of which are considered sacred and are used in several festivals and spiritual practices.
There are two other temples situated inside the forest known as Pura Beji and Pura Prajapati temples.
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