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Explore The Art And Culture Of Bali At Puri Lukisan Museum, Ubud

Updated Oct 19, 2015

“Where culture meets nature” That is what Bali offers to her visitors. The uniqueness of Balinese culture cannot be found anywhere else in the world, even in other parts of Indonesia. Puri Lukisan Museum, or Palace of Paintings Museum, is one of the places you can visit to experience and understand more about this unique culture. From historical paintings to wood carving, Balinese dancing to traditional offerings, Puri Lukisan Museum offers a lot of interesting insights and activities for both local and international tourists.

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The reason behind the name of Puri Lukisan (Palace of Paintings)

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Puri Lukisan Museum exhibits historical paintings, which not only represents a unique art of Bali but also an important role of Balinese history. The paintings you see here are about Balinese people and the way they have been living since decades ago. They portray and capture historic moments through fine art, which you shall enjoy.

Since 1930, many of these paintings were found to be missing either because of smuggling or the disorganization of the local culture committee. The museum is on a mission to retrieve these paintings. To do your part, you may join people from around the world to donate to the museum.

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Located in the heart of Balinese art scene, Ubud

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Ubud is well-known as a retreat for both local people and tourists because of its pleasant environment. You will not regret visiting this area especially if you love art and culture. Puri Lukisan Museum is located at the main street of Ubud (Jalan Raya Ubud). It is just a few hundred meters away from Puri Ubud or Ubud Palace at the main intersection to the famous Monkey Forest.

It takes around 1 hour of driving from Denpasar, the capital of Bali, to this museum. The place is easily accessible and known amongst the locals so it will be easy to ask for directions. You can get there by taxi, motorcycle taxi (locally known as ojek), rent your own vehicle, or join the group tour provided by the museum. You can contact them for arrangement and special group discount.

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Built in 1954, Puri Lukisan Museum is the first museum in Ubud!

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As the oldest museum in Ubud, Puri Lukisan Museum is the home of masterpieces from famous artists whose work are still legendary. From September 20th until December 18th 2015, you can see the artwork of I Gusti Nyoman Lempad here. The exhibition is called “Lempad of Bali” and opens every day from 9:00am to 6:00pm. The entrance fee for per adult is 50,000 IDR (approximately 3.50 USD) and children under 15 years enjoy free admission.

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Many activities are available to keep you from museum boredom

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At Puri Lukisan Museum, not only you can witness and enjoy the beauty of the historical art, you can also be involved in the making. With 520,000 IDR (approximately 37 USD) you can learn to paint either traditional or classical painting for up to 7 hours. Other workshops such as learning Balinese dancing, gamelan, woodcarving, mask painting, basketry, and the making of traditional offerings are also available from 145,000 IDR (approximately 10 USD) per hour.

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The place to witness Balinese historical art and be involved

For a glimpse of Balinese magnificent culture, history and artworks, head on to Puri Lukisan Museum. Since there are many activities you can do, you should at least spend half a day here. The museum also houses a restaurant and café with garden and lotus pond view. This is a great place for you to rest before you start your next page of Balinese adventure.

This article was originally published on Oct 19, 2015

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