Saturday, July 6, 2013

Monkey Forest and Ubud

At the end of a long street known as Monkey Forest Road is a protected sanctuary for three troups of long-tailed monkeys-the macacs.

They are mischievous and can be aggressive, but are most entertaining to watch. The  last time we were here was in 1994. Justin was just 5 then and one of the monkeys litterally snatched the whole bag of peanuts from his hands. They now have us feed them bananas.

In the forest there is an important temple complex, Pura Dalem Agung meaning "Temple of the Dead". There is also a second smaller Temple that is partially in ruins, covered with moss and full of monkeys. It is quite lush and lovely here.

This monkey forest is located in the town of Ubud, a strong Balinese artist community. We spent the rest of the day exploring the town and it's outskirts. We came across a small rice patty field, newly flooded and planted with rice shoots-it was beautiful....

Inner courtyard Temple gate in Ubud

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