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The Ubud Monkey Forest is situated in Ubud, Bali Indonesia, a nature reserve and Hindu temple. Technically its official name is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, but everybody would know what you're referring to if you ask for the monkey forest in Bali.
The monkey forest is a representation of human and nature's coexistence. In the monkey forest grounds, multiple temple festivals are held. The area surrounding the temple walls and the adjacent woodland land is considered sacred.
In the village of Padangtegal, which owns it, lies the Ubud Monkey Reserve. Residents of the village see the Monkey Forest as a significant community hub for religious, cultural, educational, and conservation. There's a lot of interesting things you can see here. You can also see 186 species of trees in 12.5 hectares of woodland, other than around 700 monkeys, where you can get plenty of fresh air.
There are several guidelines when visiting the monkey forest, all of which are there for your own safety:
- Do not run
- Do not panic
- Do not look a monkey in the eye
- Do not hide food
- Do not bring a paper/plastic bag
- Take care of your belongings, monkeys will steal items
- Do not touch/grab/disturb the monkeys especially babies, the mothers are defensive
- Do not feed peanuts, cookies, candy, bread, or any snack/drink (bananas are okay)
Please remember these are wild animals and are unpredictable.
Address : Jl. Raya Taman Tumbu, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
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