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  Ubud Area

Ubud has long been recognized as the cultural heart of Bali. The town is home to innumerable artists, galleries and shops that deal in the finest handicrafts and fine art creations to be found on the island.

To the north you can visit the stunningly designed Museum Neka and along the main street in the center of town you can develop an appreciation of Balinese artistic traditions by visiting the Museum Puri Lukisan. While Ubud has less in the way of night life than Kuta, most people appreciate the relaxed atmosphere that has inspired generations of both local and foreign artists.

In Ubud itself, the Puri Lukisan Museum displays fine examples of all schools of Balinese art in a beautiful garden setting. There are several other quality galleries such as Museum Neka, which features work of some Western artists who have painted in Bali, and Agung Rai Gallery, a commercial operation which also houses a small, but important, permanent collection. The homes of influential Western artists Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet, who played key roles in transforming Balinese art from the purely decorative, can also be viewed.

Along Jl. Raya, Ubud's main street, you will find a number of excellent restaurants offering everything from Italian to inexpensive Indonesian Padang food. A large temple is also located in the center of town and twice a year there are large anniversary celebrations resplendent with dance and ritual.

Don't miss the large traditional market in the center of town selling everything from vegetables to gold jewelry.

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