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    The temple of Taman Ayun is in Bali's Mengwi district. The name Taman Ayun means "beautiful garden". There are many interesting features of both the temple and the garden. The temple buildings are fills with decoration, relief and statues of the nine gods. The temple and the grounds were restored in 1973. There is a calm tranquil feeling in the cool gardens with beautiful ponds. The temple is approx. 18 km. from Denpasar on the way to Singaraja via Bedugul. A cultural performance is held every afternoon in Pura Taman Ayun.


    Families of monkey inhabit the sacred nutmeg forest of Sangeh and fearlessly wander the temple and village. It doesn't pay to hide peanuts in your pockets as these monkeys aren't shy, and won't think twice about jumping on your shoulders to get a closer look.


    Just out of Denpasar on the road to Ubud is a small village where stone statues of a terrible fanged demons, noble warriors and animals of all shapes and sizes and at all stages of completion rest under the shady trees. From the young boys to the old men, all seem to be accomplished stone carvers in Batu Bulan.


    The centre of gold and silver works, noted for its delicately detailed work and fine filigree style silver pieces. Several hundred silversmiths make their homes here and they are willing to fulfil special orders.


    Some of the most talented wood carvers on the island live in Mas, and in the workshops there can be found groups of young workers supervised by elderly men. busy chiselling away Topeng masks, with their versatile range of expressions and personalities . Masks are in either modern or traditional form .


    Famous for is painter's community. Ubud is a special place in many ways: it has its own magic, and its particularly beautiful surrounding and gracious way of life have drawn celebrities and artists from all over the world, some of whom have adopted it as their own home. Paddy fields, the monkey forest and a huge banyan tree create a picturesque setting for this cultural centre.

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