The home of the Ubud royal family since the end of the 19th century, Ubud Palace, also known as Puri Saren or Puri Saren Agung, is located in the heart of the center of Ubud near the traditional art market. Visitors can explore the pavilion and gardens in the castle area. There is also a traditional Balinese dance performance in the castle courtyard every night, a must for every visitor to Bali.
There is no entrance ticket to visit the Ubud Castle which is still occupied by this royal family, which is like the Ubud Market free for everyone to enter. However, to see dance performances are charged, tickets can be purchased around the city or on the same day. To get the maximum insight into the architecture, history and beliefs behind the existence of a castle or palace, it’s good to join a guided tour whether it’s a half-day tour to Ubud or another one-day Bali tour.
Full day tours of Kuta and southern Bali often include attractions
such as Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Monkey Sanctuary, Puri Lukisan art
museum, ARMA Museum, Ubud Market, and traditional art markets in
Dance shows on Wednesday and Thursday by the Panca Arta group are recommended when in Bali. Because Puri Ubud is free to visit without being charged and is still used as a residence and various ritual activities, visitors’ facilities are limited. Many members of the Ubud royal family still live and use the rooms in the castle.
Because of its location in the center of Ubud and free entry tickets means Ubud Palace can be very, crowded with tourists. It’s best to arrive early in the morning to avoid crowds and crowded castles. The atmosphere of this royal palace is most enchanting before the kingdom’s cremation and during important Hindu holidays in Bali such as Galungan and Kuningan.