The building of palaces in Ubud, as in most parts of the world, was an attempt to show off the wealth and status of the royal family. The palaces were traditionally the seat of culture, patronising the classical art forms of painting, music and dance.

In Ubud the main palace is opposite the market on the corner of Jalan Raya and Jalan Suweta. It was the main palace of the “king” of Ubud, whose family still lives there. Several other smaller palaces have sprung up in the town as the family has grown. The palaces feature brightly painted and gold-leafed ornate wood-carvings, particularly hand-carved doors which were seen as the greatest symbols of prestige.

A visit to Ubud Palace is a must while you’re here. Dance performances are staged here during the dry season.