Ubud Monkey Forest Road is the namesake route passing the famous sacred sanctuary home of the grey long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicuiaris). The one-way street follows on further south from Jalan Hanoman and turns at Ubud’s main town centre, across the road from the Puri Saren royal palace and Ubud’s famous art market. From where Ubud
Ubud Monkey Forest Road is the namesake route passing the famous sacred sanctuary home of the grey long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicuiaris). The one-way street follows on further south from Jalan Hanoman and turns at Ubud’s main town centre, across the road from the Puri Saren royal palace and Ubud’s famous art market.
From where Ubud Monkey Forest Road starts, rows of shops, boutiques and outlets line its sides together with many guesthouses and hotels, restaurants and small day spas. Only a short distance further down, the forest sanctuary resides under lofty shades of the entrance gate, with a small parking space just across the road.
Locally referred to as Jalan Monkey Forest, the Monkey Forest Road links the main shopping area with Ubud’s famous satellite streets of Jalan Hanoman, Jalan Sugriwa, and Jalan Jembawan, which are all southeast from the town centre.
Along Ubud Monkey Forest Road, there are a variety of shops, some with clear signposts and some bearing only obscure objects and curios from behind single-glass displays. Most are art shops with selections of assorted handicrafts, antiques and alluring textiles from the archipelago and Bali.
A stroll through Ubud Monkey Forest Road and the adjacent side streets will demonstrate that this area is not similar to main tourism areas in the island’s south, say Kuta and Legian for instance. Quieter footpaths, a cooler ambience and a more relaxed shopping climate make for a pleasant Ubud side-street shopping experience.
For simple items, there is the convenience store, Delta Mart. Various shops such as Toko Lagi showcase a range of antiques and items while organic shops such as Utama Spice sell a collection of essential oils, handmade soaps and aromatherapy items.
Fashion, from men’s and women’s, to children’s wear can be found here. Just after the Ubud Monkey Forest sanctuary, a steep climb up north is where most of the fashion boutiques are found. Wardani Textiles boasts exotic and colourful sashes and sarongs as well as readymade clothing.
You will find a few internationally branded stores and famous local brands on Jalan Monkey Forest such as Uluwatu, Animale, Polo Ralph Lauren, Billabong, Volcom and other leading surf brands. The local brand of Balinese lace, Uluwatu, retails handmade women’s garments, dresses, bags and accessories, bed linen, table linen, and more.
Jalan Hanoman also features rows of shops and clothing stores, with fine textiles from the archipelago and exotic forms, colours and designs. On Jalan Dewi Sita, find KOU Bali Shop, which sells homemade organic fruit jams and organic soap.
Good to Know
There are actually three different roads that interlink to form the sidewalk shopping experience that is Ubud Monkey Forest Road. Interestingly, all of these roads’ names signify a monkey-related theme.
Ubud Monkey Forest Road is obvious, while the Jalan Hanoman preceding it is named after a Hindu monkey deity, also a protagonist in the Hindu epic, Ramayana. Jalan Sugriwa, a road east of Jalan Hanoman, is also named after a character from the Ramayana epic – Sugriwa being related to Hanoman, king of the monkey kingdom.
Again to the east, Jalan Jembawan is named after a bear who together with the ‘Wanara’ monkey troops aided Rama in finding his kidnapped wife, Sita. All roads interconnect at one point, although only Jalan Monkey Forest has one-way traffic. Monkey Forest Road and Jalan Hanoman are connected by Jalan Dewi Sita, which also has several art and painting galleries as well as textiles and clothing outlets. (BTN)