Ubud Palace officially known as Puri Saren, is a historical building complex located in Ubud, Gianyar Regency, Bali, Indonesia. The palace is the official residence of the Ubud royal family in the 17th century. Currently, Puri Saren Agung functions as a center for traditional Balinese arts. Although the castle building is a relic of the past, it is still maintained until now. Physical form is no different from the past. There are only a few different sections, namely the section designated for tourists. While the sacred place is still maintained. Ubud Palace is one of the tourist attractions in Bali which is perfect for a long vacation. Local, domestic, and foreign tourists can enjoy the beauty of Ubud Palace
The construction itself followed the customs and culture of that era. Where the palace room has three parts, namely side jaba, middle jaba, and offal. Jaba Sisi is the outermost part, where visitors can clearly see the panoramic beauty of Ubud. Meanwhile, Jaba Tengah and offal are sacred parts of the castle which are not open to the public. Not to forget, there are tall statues in several parts as if to welcome visitors. Interspersed with frangipani flowers, add to the Balinese atmosphere.
Puri Saren Ubud used to be reserved only for the royal family, but now it is open to the public, equipped with a wantilan or auditorium as a meeting place. In the evening, various art performances are held, so that it becomes a place that totally displays Balinese arts and culture. For this reason, the Puri Saren Ubud Palace can also be a place to protect various arts such as dance, music and also in literature. The name, identity or title of nobility is still carried by future generations as a title; "Anak Agung or Tjokorde". The existence of aristocrats from the royal family is still respected by the people of Ubud, even in Bali, even though there is no formal power.
In the 17th century, Bali experienced many new kingdoms, including the establishment of several royal houses in Ubud. A prince from Klungkung was sent to make the palace in Sukawati a center of great power and aesthetic beauty. Craftsmen come from all over Bali to assist in the construction and upon completion many of them choose to stay. Today, Sukawati is a community place that is very supportive of all forms of art as well as dance and music.
In the middle of the 19th century there was anti-Dutch sentiment arising in the kingdom and conflict intensified. The colonial government chose to disrupt the island's politics in the early 20th century. Under the leadership of Tjokorde Gede Raka Sukawati, Ubud became known as a sub-district and then in 1981 became a sub-district which took over the administration of 13 neighborhoods and 7 traditional villages. Ubud has developed a reputation as the pulse of Balinese culture and that image still exists today. Ubud becomes a marker of the 21st century with dignity and maintains its timeless arts, culture and religion