Puri Saren or the Ubud Royal Palace can be termed the entry or the gateway to all things Bali in Ubud. It is centrally located with the bustling Ubud Art Market located across the street, the Ubud Monkey Forest a few km away, and numerous famous international restaurants surrounding it. It is perhaps the close proximity of Puri Saren Royal Palace that has lent a sense of luxurious convenience to COMO Uma Ubud, which is located only 2km away from the palace. With such central standing, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Puri Saren Royal Palace is the epicentre of Ubud, and thus a must-visit for any visitor.
The Royal Palace was built in the 17th century, sometime between 1800 and 1823, during the reign of late Ida TjokordaPutuKandel. The palace was then passed down generations, each heir doing their utmost to retain the pristine condition of the structure. The main attractions of the palace include its enchanting architecture, well-kept gardens, and a place for traditional dance performance around sunset. The ostentatious angkul-angkulgate, and the statue that stands on either side as if guardians of ancient times, provide an otherworldly backdrop for these performances. There is a live orchestra to accompany the colourfully dressed dancers. The headdress and the attire all speak volumes of the traditional importance of the dance. If you wish to witness these performances, you need to purchase a ticket, which starts selling towards midday. However, the front area of the palace is open for public free of charge, and are given complimentary photographs as well. If you wish to truly understand the significance of what you are viewing, you can find a local guide from the vicinity or make a request at your hotel; many a Ubud Bali accommodation has guides that they recommend and coordinate on behalf of you.
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