The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud: Wildlife and Ancient Temples

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The Ubud Monkey Forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest, is a nature reserve based in the Pedangtegal region and is considered one of its key attractions. Encompassing almost 12.5 hectares of lush forest, this reserve is home to a horde of 700 grey Long-tailed Macaques, along with three well-preserved ancient Hindu temples. Enjoy the playful antics of the monkeys in their natural playground; take note to avoid any eye contact or showing off your teeth, as this might trigger aggression. Apart from the delightful entertainment of these primates, stroll around the canopies and explore the ancient temples and their mythical statues covered in moss. Round off your day with sightseeing highlights of the Ubud Royal Palace followed by a shopping spree through the local Ubud market, a cornucopia of the exotic.

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