Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

This wasn’t part of the plan but my friend Rahman, (a local I befriended during my first trip to Bali) brought me here. Since we could do some time-killing, why not?

The ticket.

The ticket.

The ticket looks “professional”, unlike some of the attractions where the ticket is really a thin piece of paper. I don’t know if I should be thrilled or otherwise. I had a preconceived idea that the place would be full of monkeys, boring and all, but after seeing the ticket (lame, yes) I somehow…expected a little bit more, until…

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All I could see were monkeys…

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Hardworking hoarder.

A lot of monkeys… No nice architecture or scenery, nothing…

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Ahh! A temple! Finally, something interesting! Then… My excitement disappeared. The temple is not open to public. See that huge CLOSED sign? It’s screaming at me to get lost. Okay. Got it.

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Ahh… Finally… Something nice… A nature lover, my mood switched from nay to yay after hearing the crashing of water. Peeking through, I could see a mini waterfall. I had only one thing in mind: To get down there.

On the way down, dozens of monkeys were running around. Somehow the quaint place illuminated. It’s probably just me, excited about the waterfall, but I could feel my heart slowly giving in. I began to like the place.

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So there we were. Rahman has great photography skills ;)

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I fell in love with this part of the sanctuary. It was surrounded with so much greenery, I couldn’t be more happier. As I looked up, I saw nature smiling at me, and the sun caressing every inch of my skin.

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The waterfall? I don’t know. I didn’t even take a picture of it!

One thing I learnt – do not judge a place by its ticket. There’s really nothing here and disappointing if you’re a nature lover, but if you want to kill time, give this place a try. It’s cheap anyway. I guess you can tell I’ve a love-hate relationship with this place.


IDR20,000 / SGD2.50 / USD2

Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana

(Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary) 

Jalan Monkey Forest, Padangtegal, Ubud,
Bali, Indonesia (80571)

+62 361 971304, 972774

8.30am to 6pm daily

Opening hours : everyday from 8.30 am – 6 pm

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