Balai Banjar Ubud Kelod
Balai Banjar Ubud Kelod
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David D
Devon, UK20,589 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Thursday 18th September and we passed this wonderful building on 2 seperate occasions. The first time we were walking down this busy street, where this Community Centre is situated, we were on route to the Monkey Forest Sanctuary at the end of the road. Hence the name of the road, Jalan Monkey Forest.

The building was closed as we passed, so we could not go in, however, we did stop for a few minutes to admire it's beautiful exterior.

The second occasion was in the evening we were on our way to dinner when we walked passed and heard the Balinese music emanating from the hall within the centre. There was a cultural show on, tickets were on sale outside on the street.

The entrance fee to see the Barong show was 80, 000 Rupiah, roughly £4.50.
Written 20 September 2019
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TonyRexuk
Dronfield, England, United Kingdom7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
We saw The Frog Dance performed by a skilful cast of dancers and musicians including some children. The performance included the famous Barong dance and the dancers looked beautiful in their costumes and make up. The show was great value for money and the profit from the ticket sales goes to a local library which helps children to have the opportunity to borrow books.
Written 9 February 2019
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Meryl Joe Colaco
Dubai, United Arab Emirates739 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
Nice little quaint temple located in ubud. Very peaceful and tranquil. Good for photo ops and just to meditate. Walking distance from town center
Written 6 January 2019
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Phil C
Pamplona, Spain21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Solo
This music of the gamelan orchestra was mesmerising, virtuosic and downright fantastic. This organisation promotes the propagation of Balinese culture and is a worthy cause. The costumes and dancing were interesting to.
Written 16 September 2018
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Toni
Munich, Germany658 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
It is a great show with great costumes and dances. The tickets can be bought in front in advance and a specific seat can be reserved. It is enough to then come 10 minutes before the performance. Outside drinks are allowed. The only little improvement we would suggest is that the synopsis handout would explain the last scene a bit more in detail.
Written 26 September 2017
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Plotte
Dubai, United Arab Emirates72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
We just happened to walk past the Community Hall on our way to Monkey Forest and we approached by a guy (Kadek) selling tickets for that evening (the show is only on Friday evenings). He showed us the where the show would be and promised to reserve seats for us. We asked for front row seats and when we arrived for the show, he had put our names on the chairs.
The show was beautiful and the outfits extremely colourful. The chairs can get quite uncomfortable after a while though.
Before arriving in Bali, we had read that the dance show at Ubud palace was not to be missed, but I don't believe it is as good and well organized as this one.
Written 5 July 2017
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T3T
Western Norway, Norway2,397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
We noticed this place while walking along the Monkey Forest street and saw a ticket stand outside selling tickets for the Friday Dances.
As it was Friday we bought tickets and got seats reserved in the front row.

We came back at 7.30 pm for the performances.

The dancers were great and the attires were exquisite - colourful & beautiful.

The indonesian gamlan music on percussive instruments became a bit monotouos but all the different dances and performers made it good.

We saw 5-6 totally different classical balinese dances and it lasted 1,5 hrs.

We found it to be much better than you will see at typical tourist places,- even some places near by in Ubud.

Price was nice as well.
Written 27 March 2017
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stonebm
Nottingham, UK131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
We were looking for somewhere in central Ubud to experience traditional Balinese dance but didn't want to go to Ubud Palace where the tourist buses supposedly head.

Every Monday night an all women's group (which is unusual) perform at the Ubud Kelong (much like a community hall).

We bought our tickets around 5pm (85000Rph) and then headed to the nearby Three Monkeys (see separate review) for dinner before the performance. The old guy we bought tickets from outside promised to reserve us the best seats in the hall and asked us to write our names down on little cards. We honestly thought he was having a joke but when we came back, around 715pm as he told us to, there were our names on front row seats (along with about a dozen more reserved seats) true to his promise.

The performance lasted just over an hour and comprised musicians and dancers. We were given a photocopied A4 sheet (in English) which explained each of the six parts to the evening.

We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and would highly recommend it as a great way to experience traditional dancing and music.
Written 15 March 2017
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BangkokJock
Bangkok, Thailand491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
Good way to see a sample of the classical Balinese dances all in 1 evening. The venue is some sort of town hall on Jalan Monkey Forest, converted into a theater. Visitors enter the hall through the backstage area, so you pass through the dancers getting dressed which is abit strange but interesting to see the behind-the-scenes. A Balinese gamelan orchestra plays throughout the entire performance, which consists of 6-8 dances.
Written 4 January 2017
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Bay_Arean2
Richmond, CA295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
I selected this dance troupe for my first night in Ubud because of the venue (not at the likely very crowded Ubud Palace) rather than any knowledge of the dance troupe, although their venue was near the palace.

I arrived 30 minutes early and was the first person in the audience. Would I be the only one there? I left for about 20 minutes to wander around a bit. When I got back, there was an audience. Starting audience size was about 30 to 40 people with a handful of folks who trickled in after the performance started, almost all were tourists.

The gamelan that provided the music were all women players, so that is something of a rarity as gamelan players are traditionally men. I've listened to gamelan that had men and women, but that group was from Berkely, California, a city noted for embracing progressive ideals.

So the performance was geared toward the tourist in the sense that a variety of classical legong dances were presented. Many might comment on how repetitive it was, but that is certainly a subjective view. You'll quickly learn whether its to your taste and want to experience more . . . or less . . . or not at all.

I thought the quality of the dances and the music was good. It lasted from 7:30 to about 9 pm and ended with the appearance of the barong. For that part of the performance, not all the musicians were needed, so I found it funny that those who were "on break" were doing other things (see the picture I included). The show was almost over so it's understandable.
Written 18 November 2016
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