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Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung)

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At the heart of Ubud, Puri Saren Agung, more popularly known as Ubud Palace, may not dominate the streetscape, but it certainly has a commanding presence within the community of Ubud.

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Sitting in a prime position at the intersection of Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Raya Ubud, opposite Ubud Market and slightly southeast of Pura Saraswati. The palace is the royal residence of the descendants of Ubud’s last official Raja, Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati (1910–1978).

One of the gates at Ubud Palace. Photo taken in or around Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung), Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

One of the gates at Ubud Palace. Photo: Sally Arnold

The Royal houses of the Ubud region were first brought into being in the 17th century when a rebellion in Bali’s then capital, Gelgel emerged with nine kingdoms, establishing the house of Sukawati, south of Ubud. After expansion into present-day Ubud’s outlaying areas with a series of battles and incursions (alleged to have deployed magical powers) by the late 1800s Ubud as a sovereignty was well established and had began to prosper, even then famed as an enclave of the arts.

An earthquake in 1917 significantly damaged the palace. A temporary residence was erected on the current site of Ubud Market, and the new palace built employing the skills of local artisans, resulting in Puri Saren Agung being much as we see it today. By the time Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati was a young man in the late 1920s, Bali was seeing its first wave of foreign tourists. He learnt English and Dutch and with an entrepreneurial spirit opened a hotel within the palace, officially beginning Ubud’s first “homestay”. He and his family members, notably his brother Tjokorda Gede Raka Sukawati became prominent patrons of the arts which in turn boosted tourism in this once ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung)
Intersection of Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Raya Ubud
Admission: Free

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