Postcards from Bali Part Two – Monkey Forest
Today we visited the Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. To say that the Ubud Monkey Forest is a popular tourist attraction would be an understatement. This was our first visit to Ubud and to be honest I am glad we are not staying there. Tourists may come to eat, pray and love but the reality now looks a lot more like eat, shop and take selfies! After a wonderful day of batik creation and learning we ‘hopped by’ the Monkey Forest.
The Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal, which owns it. The village’s residents view the Monkey Forest as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village. We were told to expect something that resembled scenes from an Indiana Jones film, the Monkey Forest did not disappoint. We did not stay long but I focused on getting some photographs of the Pura Beji (also known as the Spring Temple) and the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal (also known as the Main Temple).