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Ubud Monkey Forest
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Ubud Monkey Forest featuring zoo animals and cuddly or friendly animals

Enter a dense rain forest full of banyan trees and flowing streams to visit ancient Hindu temples and baths and see agile macaques swing in the treetops.

The Ubud Monkey Forest is a site for Balinese Hindu worship and every aspect of the grounds has sacred meaning, from its trees and temples, to its long-tail macaques. This site is also a research center where you can learn more about the monkeys and some 115 species of trees. The site is also known as the Padangtegal Monkey Forest because it is owned by the village of Padangtegal, one of Ubud’s communities.

Enter the tropical Monkey Forest to explore the temple complex. The original pagodas, pavilions and shrines are thought to date back to the mid-14th century, but many have eroded over time and some of the current structures are replicas. The biggest structure, the Dalem Agung Temple, is the main temple and used for everyday rituals. The Prajapati Temple is used for cremation ceremonies and the Holy Bathing Temple, almost hidden from view near the stream, is used for cleansing rituals.

Meet some of the macaques who call this jungle home. There are more than 600 of them, living in four troops. In Balinese Hinduism, which incorporates elements of animism, Buddhism and ancestor worship, the monkeys are considered as sacred as the buildings. The monkeys are cheeky; don’t feed them and guard any items they can grab.

Watch the locals give offerings and use certain trees for religious purposes. The leaves of the banyan tree, also known as the beringin tree, are used in cremation ceremonies and the wood of the pule bandak tree is used for masks.

Ubud Monkey Forest is open daily. The admission fee helps maintain the site; you can make additional donations at the main entrance. It’s easy to get to the site on foot if you are staying in Ubud. Free parking is available for vehicles.

When accessing this active place of worship, rent or bring a sarong and cover your legs. Women need to cover their shoulders too. Anyone who has a child under 4 years old, is menstruating or wounded, or has buried or cremated a relative in the past week, is not allowed to enter the main temple.

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Royal Kamuela Villas & Suites at Monkey Forest, Ubud
5 out of 5
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The price is $49 per night from Jun 8 to Jun 8
Located in Ubud City-Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wayang Kulit and Ubud Monkey Forest. Ubud Traditional Art Market and Ubud Royal ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (442 reviews)
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Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

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4 out of 5
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"Very nice and clean place The second time ive been there Everything is great wifi good Room clean 10 out of 10"

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4 out of 5
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The price is $78 per night from May 10 to May 10
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Reviews of Ubud Monkey Forest

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 24, 2020

Monkeys are walking all over, be careful they try to grab your things, they are very aggressive ,this park is huge so make sure you have walking sneakers , They were nice to look at tho.

2/5 - Disappointing

Sandra

Jan 18, 2020

Its not worth to go there. While you see monkeys freely, while there are many people controlling them, it becomes boring and for what it cost honestly not worth it. Beware that going in and out Ubud is long (traffic is really bad -one way street no way out). so prepare a half day to go there for like 30 mins in the monkey forest.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

So fun to visit the Monkey Forest where Monkey's roam freely. They were so entertaining to watch.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 12, 2019

Monkey's are everywhere in the Sanctuary. They are largely tame, but can be pesky looking for food. One climbed up on my shoulder, reaching into my pocket on the way up.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 4, 2019

Extremely busy with bikes and scooters on the drive, wear protectice clothing if riding as we were hit by another scooter. Very dangerous roadconditions

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 2, 2019

You will spend about an hour or 2 here

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Royal Kamuela Villas & Suites at Monkey  Forest, Ubud
Royal Kamuela Villas & Suites at Monkey Forest, Ubud
5 out of 5
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The price is $49 per night from Jun 8 to Jun 8
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4 out of 5
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The price is $43 per night from May 10 to May 10
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The Sankara Resort by Pramana
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4 out of 5
Banjar Kumbuh, Desa Mas, Ubud, Bali
The price is $78 per night from May 10 to May 10
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3 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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4.5 out of 5
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The price is $61 per night from May 12 to May 12
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3 out of 5
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The price is $24 per night from May 18 to May 18
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2bedroom 1 Minute to Monkey Forest
2bedroom 1 Minute to Monkey Forest
Ubud, Bali
The price is $152 per night from May 10 to May 10
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