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Ubud Monkey Forest lies in 12,5-hectare area in Ubud Village. The area is surrounded by a temple wall and forest. The green lush trees and the witty monkeys made it popular among tourists. The fresh air, the temple with a thick Balinese heritage. All makes Monkey Forest as the top things to do in Ubud.

The locals believe Ubud monkey forest is the center of all the important things among them. They represent spiritual, economic, education and conservation in their village. As the center of the important things in people live. Preserving the temple and forest has become one of their mission.

Balinese believes in harmony. Hinduism as the majority religion on the island runs in every aspect of daily life. Balinese believes that if they respect human, nature and pray to God. They will achieve prosperity in their life. And that is also why the temple never runs out of worshipper.

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Ubud Monkey forest Balinese statues. Img: Kim Razu

Ubud Monkey Forest Event

As the center of Ubud, the site also host several important events. One of them takes place in the temple is called Tumpek Kandang. Tumpek Kandang ritual is a ceremony held on every 210 days. This is where the locals flood the temple and worship the greatness of Shiva. The God that create and maintain the animal.

Part of Tumpek Kandang ritual includes asking a blessing from God Shiva – for prosperity and health of the animal. Locals living around the sacred forest believe the monkeys help them. Prosperity and wealth in their society is part of the animal contribution.

So there on the special occasion Tumpek Kandang. Humans and animals are celebrating. Locals will go to the forest with quite a lot of offering. Bringing not only for God but plenty of fruits and egg for the monkeys.

cow statue
The cow statue at monkey forest. A cow is considered sacred in Hinduism. Img: Marco Paladino

Ubud Monkey Forest Attraction & Activities

Monkey Forest is a sacred forest for Hindu people in Bali. The place is not just a home for 700 monkeys. But a place where locals pray to Hindu God. There is 3 temple in the monkey forest area. According to the ancient script from one of the temple. It has existed since Gelgel dynasty in the 14 century.

Great Temple of Death & Beji Temple

Pura Dalem Agung or the death temple is the main temples of all. Dalem Agung lies in the southwestern part of monkey forest. The death temple is a place where local worship the God of Shiva. Beji is where the locals go – when they want to worship the Goddess of the river Gangga.

Before any ceremony, people will come to Beji Temple to purify their body. Beji is not only a place where people clean their body physically. It also where they clean their soul spiritually.

monkey forest ubud
Green lush trees and thick with Balinese heritage. Img: Сергей Кацура

Prajapati Temple

The last temple Prajapati lies is in the northeast area. Reside next to the cemetery, the temple is where the locals worship God Prajapati. The cemetery side by side with the temple is just a temporary cemetery. The grieving family uses the cemetery while waiting for the mass cremation once in 5 years.

Monkeys

Balinese Long Tailed Monkey – or macaque is the type of 700 monkeys living in this forest. Since there is a lot of monkeys. The monkeys are divided into a different group. Each group is living in a different area in the forest. Some of the group living in front of the main temple. Some staying in the eastern and central area.

And the last area is the cemetery. Since there are over than 700 monkeys. The conflict territory between the monkeys sometimes cannot be avoided. The monkeys are active during the day and rest at night just like humans do.

monkey interaction with human at monkey forest
Visitors are allowed to feed monkey banana. Img: Ravi Sharma

Therefore, an interaction between the monkeys and visitor is something that common in Monkey Forest. As the forest is their home-based, the visitor is expected to follow some guidelines. The monkeys sometimes too playful and curious. Visitors allow and may feed the monkeys.

However, they will try to snatch every food from people hand. Don’t get panic and try to pull back any food. And for the purpose to maintain the monkey’s health. Visitor is not allowed to feed peanuts, biscuits, bread or any other human snacks. To feed the monkeys, guests can buy a banana at the banana counter.

Monkey Forest Safety And Guidelines

The monkeys at the temples are healthy and monitor by Primate Research Center Of Udayana University. The case of rabies so far has never been found. However, visitors may get bitten or scratch from the interaction. Such as feeding or taking a picture with monkeys.

healthy monkeys
Watch carefully the belongings. The monkeys like to snatch guests stuff. Img: Anthon Anthoniussen

An aid clinic facility is available at the monkey forest area with a professional nurse. In case there is an emergency. A staff from Monkey Forest is also easy to find in the area. Carrying a plastic bag or paper or plastic bottle stuff is strictly prohibited. For the purpose of the monkey’s health, visitor is not allowed to feed monkeys peanuts, biscuits, bread or any human snacks.

Tourist is expected to be in a good manner in the sacred environment. Some part of the area is prohibited for the public. The temple area is accessible for people who willing to pray and wear proper Balinese praying dress.

Ubud Monkey Forest Entrance Fee

Visitors can purchase entrance ticket on the spot. There is plenty of parking space on the spot. For guests traveling by car or scooter. Guests will have to pay IDR 80k and IDR 60k for children. There is no additional fee for parking space.

Ubud Monkey Forest Entrance Fee
Adult80.000
Children60.000

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Sacred Ubud Monkey Forest Opening Hours

The sacred forest welcomes visitors every day. Except on Nyepi day, where all the attraction on the island will shut down.

Ubud Monkey Forest Opening Hours
Every day except Nyepi08:30 am – 06:00 pm
Ticketing Service08:30 am – 05:30 pm

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Time Table Shuttle Bus

For visitor staying in Ubud area. Ubud Monkey Forest provide a free shuttle bus. The bus leaves from the hanoman street, the ubud main street with the following schedule. The time table is the departure time from monkey forest lobby.

Route : Monkey Forest Ubud – Monkey Forest Street – Ubud Main Street – Hanoman Street
07:00, 07:15, 07:30, 07:45, 08:00, 08:15, 08:30, 08:45, 09:00, 09:15, 09:30, 09:45, 10:00, 10:15, 10:30, 10:45, 11:00, 11:15, 11:30, 11:45, 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 12:45, 13:00, 13:15, 13:30, 14:15, 14:30, 14:45, 15:00, 15:15, 15:30, 15:45, 16:00, 16:15, 16:30, 16:45, 17:00, 17:15, 17:30, 17:45 every 15 minutes until 21:30

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Address & Location

The sacred Ubud monkey forest location is at Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571 Telp. (+62) 361 971304, 972774.

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