The Forest

The presence of sacred forest is a demonstration of the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature. In Bali, sanctuaries such as the Monkey Forest are usually in sacred village areas, often surrounded by temples. These cultural sanctuaries are not only an important part of Balinese heritage, but also an important part of everyday live. Temple festivals are regularly held for the villagers and the gods in such areas.A Balinese temple is more than just a collection of pagodas and pavilions. The area enclosed by temple walls and the forest area surrounding it is sacred. These temples and the forest are essential for renewing contact with the spiritual world. The activities associated with these areas are essential in maintaining harmony between humans, nature and the cosmos. Not only are ancestral spirits and gods given offerings and prayers, but also the spirits of trees and statues in the Monkey Forest are given offerings and prayers by the Pemangku and local villagers

The Trees of the Forest
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, in conjunction with Udayana Univeristy in Denpasar have identified 115 separate species of trees.

Some of these trees are considered holy and are used in various Balinese spiritual practices.  Examples include the Majegan, which is used exclusively for the building of shrines; or the Berigin, whose leaves are used in cremation ceremonies.

Of special significance is the Pule Bandak, a tree that embodies the spirit of the forest, and is used in the making of powerful masks.  These masks are only used inside the temple, and the trees are not killed to make them.  An auspicious day is chosen and the Priest asks permission of the tree spirit to cut a small piece of its wood.  The spirit thus remains embodied in the mask.

27 thoughts on “The Forest

  1. Dear Joanne Dixon

    Warmest greeting from Monkey Forest Ubud.
    You do not need to book a ticket, you can buy a ticket when you arrival.
    Our operational time is on 08.30 am until 6.00 pm.
    We are looking forward to welcoming you

    1. Dear Ariana

      Warmest greeting from Monkey Forest Ubud.
      The entrance ticket for adult is IDR 50.000 and IDR 40.000 for child.
      Our operational time is on 08.30 am until 06.00 pm.
      Our last ticketing service is on 05.30 pm.
      If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  2. Hi,

    May i know the best spending hours at this forest because I don’t have any much time. I want estimated my time and going another place to visit

    1. Dear Anees

      I would like to inform you , normally you need around one hour and half to explore the monkey forest.

      thank you

  3. Hi,

    Please advise on whether you provide shuttles for pick up and drop off at hotels.

    I am visiting in June.

    Thank you.

    1. Dear Jade

      I would like to inform you,we apologize we don’t have pick up services.
      for your information we have free shuttle to ubud center only,time table and the route you can check in our website.

      thank you

      1. Hi I was just wondering where this information can be found as I cannot find the shuttle times to the Ubud centre on the website?
        Thankyou

        1. Dear Breanna

          Warmest greeting from Monkey Forest Ubud.
          Our shuttle to Ubud center is starting in Central Parking of Monkey Forest Ubud on 07.00 am until 09.30 pm.
          The shuttle is operated in every 15 minutes.
          There are many stopping point in around Ubud area.
          We also share the shuttle information in our facebook page Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Ubud.
          If you need any further information.
          Please do not hesitate to contact us.

    1. Dear Dione

      I would like to inform you, since 1 years in our monkey forest the visitors are not allowed to feed the monkeys and bring extra food from the outside of our park , because we already feed them 3 times a day and any physical contact with the monkey is prohibited.

      we hope you will still enjoy your visit , if you need any further information do not hesitate to let me know.

      1. Hello,

        Me and my girlfriend are staying in Bali until december the 20th. We are planning to visit the monkeyforest. If I understood your reply correctly it’s not allowed anymore to feed the monkeys?

        Sincerely, Jerney & Wais

        1. Dear Wais and Jerney|

          Warmest greeting from Monkey Forest Ubud.
          The visitor are not allowed to feed and do physical contact anymore because we avoid any accident between human and monkey.
          As we know the monkeys are wild and has unpredictable reaction,
          Our staff has already feed them for 5 times a day, the visitor can see our staff feed the monkey in the feeding time.
          Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
          We are great pleasure to welcoming you soonest in Monkey Forest Ubud.

    2. Hi… We would be visiting Bali in October 2019 with our 1 year old child and are keen to see monkey forest. Is it a good idea to visit monkey forest along a one year old infant? Also, if yes, what precautions do we need to take to ensure child’s safety.

      1. Dear Dione

        Warmest greeting from Monkey Forest Ubud.
        Please be informed you that the infant is safe for visiting.
        For your safety and convenience, please follow our Guidelines and make good distance with the monkeys.
        The food, drink, bottle, plastic or paper bag, doll and dummy is not allowed to bring to the forest because the monkey is very curious to take it.

        The ticket for adult is IDR 80.000 and IDr 60.000 for child ( 3-12years). infant is free.
        if you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
        We are looking forward to welcoming you soon.

    1. Dear Lizelle Botha

      Warmest greeting from Monkey Forest Ubud.
      Kindly we inform you for exploring all places of Monkey Forest Ubud,
      the visitor needs 1-2 hours or It is around 1.7 km.
      We open 08.30 am until 06.00 pm (the last entrance is 05.30 pm).
      If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
      We are looking forward to welcoming you.

    1. Dear Paula

      Warmest greeting from Monkey Forest Ubud.
      Kindly we inform you the operational time is at 08.30 am until 06.00 pm ( the last entrance is at 05.30 pm).
      The entrance fee is IDR 50.000 and IDR 40.00 for child.
      If you need any information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
      We are looking forward to welcoming you again in your next holiday.

    1. Dear Azael

      Warmest greeting from Monkey Forest Ubud.
      We provide for locker in every our ticket counters.
      We only have open locker but all the part is monitoring by cctv.
      Thank you very much.
      We are looking forward to welcoming you soon.

  4. Dear all!
    We couldn’t find the info, could you pls answer the following:
    1. Can we use a tripod?
    2. Couldn’t find the location of a dragon bridge and comodo lizards statues, could you please give the directions.
    3. Is it possible to wear traditional balinese wedding attire while visiting the sight(we hope to take pictures of ourselves without a professional photographer but with a tripod).
    Looking forward to your soonest reply,
    Elly

    1. Dear ELLY

      Warmest greetings from Monkey Forest Ubud
      i would like to inform you,
      for the location of dragon bridge and comodo statue you can ask for the map in information they will show you where to go.

      if you want to take special photos with Balinese wedding attire we will charge wedding photos shoot even only use tripod , we will charge IDR500.000 and entrances fee IDR.50.000/person.

      thank you

    1. Dear Lynn

      I would like to inform you, there are many wild bird live in the forest , if you lucky you can see some of them flew away, and some heron also usually come to the field near our forest.

      thank you

    1. Dear Kaelah

      Warmest greeting from Monkey Forest Ubud.
      The monkeys are wild and has unpredictable reaction.
      The visitor can take photo with monkey with good distance.
      For safety and convenience, We provide Guidelines that should follow during your visiting.
      If you need assistance, we are always available to assist to you.
      We are looking forward to welcoming you.

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