Among other places that I have been to, Bali has the most lively cultural life of all. In many places usually cultural life can only be felt in certain area which is intentionally designated for such activity. But in Bali, I witnessed local people practicing their daily culture everyday at their houses, stores even beaches. However if you really want to feel a tranquil atmosphere without having to be secluded and still able to encounter everyday Balinese people doing their daily cultural activities, Ubud might be the perfect place to go.
Ubud is situated in the heart of the island of Bali, far enough from tourists-packed beaches and round-the-clock clubs and lounges. It is located in a relatively high elevation which contributes to its more moderate temperature. Ubud is notably famous for its abundance of art galleries and cultural centers. This has attracted more and more artists (painters and sculptors alike) to choose Ubud as their home base. Since a few years ago, Ubud Writers Festival is also regularly held as an event for poets and writers from all over the world to gather and share their ideas.
On my current trip to Ubud, I got the chance to visit Bali Cultural Center (BCC) which is designed to resemble an authentic Balinese village. It has a pura (Balinese Hindu temple), traditional houses, art gallery, workshop and many more. You can also catch a performance of Balinese mythical creatures which symbolize good and evil. I only did a half-day trip though, but one day I would really like to visit Ubud again and explore other parts of this serene district.
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