Puri Saren Royal Palace Ubud


Ubud Royal Palace (Puri Saren Agung Ubud), one of the attraction in Ubud that you should visit. The Royal Palace in Ubud offered interesting and unique things to see during your holiday in Bali. Also, Ubud Royal Palace loved by many tourists who have a vacation in Ubud Bali. Therefore, many tour agencies offer tour package with visiting Puri Saren Palace Ubud listed on their tour itinerary.


So if you have the interest to visit Ubud Royal Palace with families or friends on your vacation in Bali, please continue reading this page. Due to we informed you regarding travel guide to Puri Saren Palace Ubud, such as:

  • Ubud Short History.
  • Royal Palace history in Ubud.
  • Ubud Tourism History.
  • Puri Saren Agung Ubud General information.
  • Map location of Puri Saren Agung.
  • Ubud Royal Palace Entrance Fee, Opening Hour, Dance Schedule & Dress Code.

Ubud Royal Palace Short History

The history of Ubud seen from the beginning of the 8th century, because of a historical record was written on the palm leaves, which is telling the saint of Hindu originators from India. He is named Rsi Markandeya.

Before visiting the island of Bali, Rsi Markandeya first visited the island of Java. While Rsi Markandeya was in Java, he got revelation, which at the foot of Mount Agung Besakih Bali, there are five kinds of metal with extraordinary magical power. Currently, the location of five types of metal with remarkable magical power is the site of the largest temple in Bali, which is called Pura Besakih.


Rsi Markandeya Influence

When Rsi Markandeya was visiting Bali, he feels a great energy in the area of Campuhan Ubud which is currently the location of Gunung Lebah Temple. While he was in Bali, Rsi Markandeya also built several temples in other parts of Bali. Rsi Markandeya also introduced irrigation systems for agriculture in Bali with terracing systems. The agricultural system is still in use for rice farming in Bali. Therefore, when you have a tour in Bali, you will see plenty of rice terraces. For your information, if you want to see a large area of rice field in Bali with platforms system you should visit:

  1. Jatiluwih village at Tabanan regency.
  2. Tegalalang rice terrace in Ubud.

In addition to the irrigation system teaching, Rsi Markandeya also teaches regarding the Banjar system (the Balinese local community organization system), which is responsible for religion and local customs activities. Until now the Banjar system is still in use in all areas of Bali.

Since the 8th century, when Rsi Markandeya declared the existence of the divine and high energy in the area of Campuhan Ubud until now Campuhan Ubud area is highly respected by Balinese people for its spiritual power. The name of Ubud comes from the word “Ubad” (Balinese language) which means medicine. Due to during that time, around the area of Campuhan Ubud, were found many medicinal plants for traditional medical treatment.


Ubud Royal Palace History

During the time of Majapahit Kingdom collapsed which is in the 15th century, there was a massive migration from Javanese nobles from Java to Bali island. Then the Javanese noble creates the Gelgel Kingdom in Klungkung district, a small district located in the southeastern part of Bali island.

In the 17th century, Gelgel kingdom spread the power and regional expansion to other places in Bali and created small royal palace, one of them is Sukawati royal palace.

The Gelgel Kingdom sent their prince to the village area of Sukawati. To build a royal palace with incredible architectural beauty to be intended for power in the Gianyar region. During the Sukawati royal palace construction, many Balinese artists sent to the Sukawati area, to assist the castle construction. After the building of the castle in Sukawati completed, many of the artists chose to stay in Sukawati. Therefore, until now, Sukawati area became the center of beautiful art in Bali. Such as dance, painting, sculpture, Balinese art music.


Sukawati Kingdom

After succeeding in building a Sukawati palace at the end of the 17th century. Sukawati King sent his warriors, lead by his two brothers to secure Ubud’s area from constant conflict. The conflict that occurred in Ubud at the end of the 17th century is between two cousins. One in the area of Padang Tegal Ubud. The other one is in the Ubud Park area, which is located in the north area Padang Tegal Ubud.

Sukawati King brother his name is Tjokorde Ngurah Tabanan, who sent to Peliatan area of Ubud. Another brother who is Tjokorde Tangkeban sent to Sambahan Ubud.

The two brothers of the King Sukawati then built the palace in their respective destination with the aim of securing the area of Ubud. After Tjokorde Ngurah Tabanan who established the kingdom in Peliatan Ubud, then Tjokorde Ngurah Tabanan with the help of King Mengwi, fills the area of Ubud with residents. With the growing number of residents in Ubud, the Ubud economy began to grow.

Dutch Colonial

In the 19th century, the Dutch colonial began to enter the island of Bali. Some kingdoms, for example, the kingdom of Mengwi, feel unhappy about the Dutch presence in their area. Dutch ingenuity capable of provoking old enemies of the realm of Mengwi, to make alliances to attack the kingdom of Mengwi. Because many enemies attacked the kingdom of Mengwi, the Mengwi Empire suffered a lethargic fatigue, which caused their territory to be divided by the royal alliance kingdom.

Finally, the Dutch government began to interfere in Bali political affairs in the early 19th century. By attacking the kingdoms of Badung, the kingdom of Buleleng and the kingdom of Klungkung. The great battle ensued, this war in Bali better known by the name Puputan.

In the early 21st century under the rule of Tjokorde Gede Raka Sukawati. The area of Ubud became the branch area of Sukawati. In 1981, Ubud became a sub district of Gianyar regency. By enclosing the areas of Tegallalang, Peliatan, Mas and Kedewatan villages.


Ubud Tourism History

In the early 1930s, many foreign tourists came to Bali, mainly visiting the area of Ubud. Why only in Ubud? Due to the language ability of Tjokorde Gede Agung Sukawati who ruled Ubud (Raja Sukawati’s brother – Tjokorde Gede Raka Sukawati) in English and Dutch. Also, capacity and knowledge of Ubud King on running a business, by build guest houses for tourists to stay in Ubud.

King Sukawati (brother of Ubud King) have a significant role in Ubud tourism development. King Sukawati invited Walter Spiers (painter) to live in Ubud.

Walter Spiers create a trend and influence other foreign artists to stay in Ubud through his painting. During arts exhibition abroad, the paintings reimagined depicts life in Ubud. Therefore, Ubud becomes famous worldwide.

Tjokorde Gede Agung (king of Ubud), Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet create a painting Association. As well with the help of as several local artists named Pita Maha. The aim of this painting Association is to unite Balinese artists and to teach arts painting to young people in the Ubud area. Therefore, until now, Ubud Bali became the center the art museum in Bali. Art museums in Ubud such as:

  • Arma Museum Ubud.
  • Puri Lukisan Museum Ubud.


Puri Saren Agung Ubud Royal Palace General Information

The residence of Ubud King (Tjokorde Gede Agung Sukawati) and Ubud royal family named as Puri Saren Agung Ubud. The location of Puri Saren Agung is in the center of Ubud. Therefore, if you need to see the map location of Puri Saren Agung, please use below Google Map.

Currently, Ubud Royal Palace has become a tourist destination. Almost every night in Ubud Royal Palace held Balinese dance performances, such as Barong Ubud dance. Across the road of Puri Ubud, there is a small food stall serve a typical Balinese culinary, which is suckling pig. The name of the food stall is Babi Guling Ibu Oka Ubud.

Therefore, if you choose a hotel in the area of Ubud, and interested in having a visit to Ubud Royal Palace, the best way is to use a taxi meter. It is effortless for you to find a taxi meter in Ubud.

However, if you do not stay in Ubud, using a taxi meter will certainly make your transports budget higher. Therefore, we recommend you to get Bali car rental services with a driver or without a driver.


Entrance Fee Ubud Royal Palace, Opening Hour & Dress Code.

So how much is the entrance fee to Ubud Royal Palace? All visitor are welcome to enter the Ubud Royal Palace without an entrance fee, so it is free entry. How about the dress code? Most visitors are wearing short and sandal when entering the palace ground. Therefore there is no specific dress code. If you want to wear a sarong, it is also fine. For the opening hours from 09:00 – 18:00.

Ubud Royal Palace Dance Schedule

Day Type of Performance
Sunday Legong of Mahabharata
Monday Legong Dance
Tuesday Bina Remaja Ramayana Ballet
Wednesday Legong & Barong Dance
Thursday Legong Trance Paradise
Friday Barong Dance Ubud
Saturday Legong Dance


  • Dance performance ticket price, IDR 100.000 / person.
  • Time of dance performance starting at 19:30.