You’ll often hear the beautiful, mystical sounds of the Balinese gamelan in Ubud. The gamelan is an assembly of instruments – bamboo xylophones, bronze metallophones, and a variety of gongs, cymbals, strings, drums and flutes – designed and tuned to be played together. Playing in a gamelan orchestra is a collective experience and every person and instrument is considered essential to the whole.

A variety of Balinese musical instruments can be purchased in Ubud. Look out in particular for hand-made drums. There are gamelan classes for beginners as well – check our Events Calendar for details.