The sacred monkey forest in Ubud

There are many place in Bali, Indonesia, that bear the name of monkey forest. They are really forests which is inhabited by groups of monkeys.

Recently I visited one of such forests that located in Ubud. It is known as the sacred monkey forest of Padangtegal, Ubud. The place also known as Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana.

The forest is called sacred because it is located within a sacred village area and it surrounded by temples. There is an old temple in the forest, too. The temple is still being used up till now. The temple festivals are regularly held by villagers in the area. To them, temples and forests are essential for renewing the contact with the spiritual world. It is said that the temple is needed to maintain harmony among humans, nature, and the cosmos. To achieve such a condition, they pray and give offerings to the gods, their ancestral spirits, and also the spirits of nature. That is why travellers will find offerings at many big trees as well as in front of old statues in the forest.

the monkeys of padangtegal sacred monkey forest

the monkeys of padangtegal sacred monkey forest

The monkey inhabited the forest in Padangtegal are known as long tailed monkey. They live freely within the boundary of the forest. For the Balinese, monkeys that live in a sacred Balinese Hindhu temple sites, like in the Padangtegal Monkey Forest, are believed to have capability in guarding the temple sites against evil spirits. That is why Balinese tend to respect and protect such monkeys.

Monkeys in Padangtegal Monkey Forest are quite tame. They are familiar enough with tourists. Some of them seems quite happy to play with travellers wandering in the forest. They often jump and then sit on somebody’s shoulder or lap. Fortunately there are no report of travellers been bitten by the monkeys so far.

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50 thoughts on “The sacred monkey forest in Ubud

  1. Monyetnya unyu-unyu di sana πŸ™‚

  2. Simply WOW!

  3. metamocca

    Ahahaha… Gaya nyari kutunya bener2 mirip orang, Om. Lucu.

  4. They are very cute…

  5. WOW, another charmed place. This all looks like from another world. Beautiful photographs.

  6. Cerita yang bagus ! aku kok gak pernah tahu ada another Monkey Forest di Bali ya? tahunya cuma Sangeh aja. WOW.

    • Lha ya ini sekarang aku infoin, Pak πŸ™‚
      Di Bali, tempat monyet selain di Sangeh, juga ada di Ubud ini dan juga di Uluwatu, sama satu lagi kalau gak salah namanya Alas Kedaton. Mungkin juga masih ada yang lain yang kita belum tahu sih.

      • Makasih Mas, ntar kalo kesana aku akan mampir. lihat foto2nya bagus!

      • Yg di uluwatu itu monyetnya nakal Mas, temenku kemaren di jambret antingnya padahal anting kecil gitu. Setelah itu pawangnya bantuin minta tapi tetep gak di kasih. Gosiipnya sih emang monyet2 itu dilatih untuk ngambil2 barang. Entah bener atau gak rumor itu.

    • Sama-sama Pak. Kalau sudah sempat kesana, share foto-fotonya juga ya.

    • Terimakasih kembali, Pak πŸ™‚

    • Betul, Mbak. Yang di Uluwatu memang monyetnya nakal, makanya aku juga malas ke situ. Kemarin pas kesana itu temanku juga antena mobilnya dipatahin sama monyet di Uluwatu.

  7. Hahaha. .
    Lucu” monyetnya!

  8. Monyet-monyet di Bali bikin trauma:D

  9. petit4chocolatier

    What a beautiful place!

  10. I have actually been in Ubud. But only for 1-2 hours, and no time for the monkey forest. But loved the town, I want to go there to stay for some time… Very nice pictures.

    • Well, you cannot enjoy Ubud in 1-2 hours of course. Ubud is a nice town, I love it also and always want to be back there and spend 2-3 days there to enjoy the atmosphere πŸ™‚

  11. Hey! Thanks for stopping by our blog ( The next stop on our RTW trip in Indonesia, and I definitely plan on spending some time in Ubud. Top of my list! Look forward to reading more about your adventures. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks to you too for your return visit to my blog.
      Do you know, that your choice to spend some time in Ubud is perfect? πŸ™‚

  12. I’m glad you’re warning people about the monkeys. It might be quite a shock if all of the sudden a monkey landed on your back! πŸ™‚ Marsha

    • That’s my intention by writing the so called warning, because I saw a girl screamed loudly when a little monkey jumped on her lap when she took a rest inside the forest.

      • Good idea!!! I’m a little freaked when a pet bird is on my finger by invitation. I can’t imagine how I’d feel if it were a monkey jumping unexpectedly on my back. Now my friend Autty Jade would totally love it. She swims with sharks, and is a veritable Dr. Doolittle in real life. My biggest claim to fame is holding part of a boa constrictor. Marsha πŸ™‚

    • Holding a boa constrictor? Wow. Even just a part of it, is awesome πŸ™‚

      • Chris, it was pretty easy. There was a long line of people, mostly fifth graders, and one long snake. It was smooth to the touch and room temperature. I figured if the kids could do it, I could too. Still no monkeys, though!!! M:)

    • Well, in that case I can learn how to pat a snake from you, and you can learn how to get close to monkeys from me πŸ˜›

  13. Archana

    Very pretty pictures πŸ™‚

  14. haha they remind me of the “CαΊ§n Giờ” forest which is not very far from my city , there are many monkeys there , they are not simply friendly I think πŸ™‚ they can even chase you several rounds only for taking a piece of bread from your hand πŸ™‚ anyway, I think whenever we can touch or communicate in any way with animals is a lucky gift ^ – ^

  15. I love the ‘let me check your head sir’ – I love watching monkeys but, having seen the red faced variety at close quarters in North India, I would not dare get that close to them. πŸ™‚

    • Some are better to be seen from afar, but these little monkeys are quite ok if you want to be pretty close or even let them climb your shoulder, as long as you are not panic of course πŸ™‚

  16. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing

    Very interesting! I think though a long lens is best for monkeys.

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