See the temples and rice-field landscapes that have made Ubud a mecca for visitors since the 1920s, take a cooking class, and then venture further afield into a world of natural wonders, including volcanoes, waterfalls, and hot springs.
Celuk Village (Desa Celuk)
Jalan Raya Celuk, Celuk, Bali
While it’s possible to visit Celuk independently, most visitors arrive as part of a tour, be that a shopping tour, a village tour, or a cultural tour of Ubud. Crafting fans appreciate the tours that bundle Celuk together with other craft villages around Ubud. These include the carving village of Mas, batik village of Tohpati, and arts village of Batuan. The art markets of Ubud and Sukawati also often feature on Celuk village tours.
Things to Know Before You Go
Souvenir shoppers and lovers of traditional crafts won’t want to miss a trip to Celuk to see its artisans at work.
The metalwork style in Celuk is quite traditional, which is what gives Celuk its charm. For more modern styles, shop in Ubud or consider the John Hardy workshop.
A degree of bargaining—“nego”—is expected in Celuk, but don’t expect a discount of more than 20 percent.
How to Get There
Celuk is outside the art village of Sukawati, around 9 miles (14 kilometers) south of Ubud and 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the coastal bypass. Piecing together “bemo” minibuses can be time-consuming, and self-drivers have to fight for parking. It’s worth hiring a private driver or joining a tour.
When to Get There
If a workshop visit is on your Celuk tour agenda, arrive during working hours, between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday, although artisans do often work on Saturdays. To browse and shop in relative peace, arrive early in the morning, before the crowds sweep in.
What to Buy in Celuk
Some of Celuk’s artisan families have been crafting silver for many generations, perfecting traditional styles. Hand-beaten silver trays and dishes are distinctive and beautiful, as are elaborate pieces of jewelry designed for Balinese rituals. Celuk’s metalworkers welcome commissions and a good private guide can help you create the piece of your dreams.
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- Bali Zoo
- Batuan Temple (Pura Batuan)
- Tegenungan Waterfall (Air Terjun Tegenungan)
- Mas Village (Desa Mas)
- Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets
- Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)
- Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah)
- Ubud Monkey Forest (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary)
- Gianyar Night Market (Pasar Malam Gianyar)
- Casa Luna Cooking School
- Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung)
- Museum Puri Lukisan
- Don Antonio Blanco Museum
- Campuhan Ridge Walk