Barrel of Monkeys

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May 23rd 2016
Published: May 28th 2016
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A visit to Ubud is not complete unless you visit the Scared Monkey Forest. The monkeys are mischievous and have been known to bite tourists. But, if you are calm and keep your items close at hand, your interaction with them can be quite pleasant.

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Monkey ForestMonkey Forest
Monkey Forest

Close to downtown Ubud is a cool and dense swathe of jungle, officially called Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana. There are three holy temples here, and the area is inhabited by a band of grey-haired and greedy long-tailed Balinese macaques who are nothing like the innocent-looking doe-eyed monkeys on the brochures.
Pura Dalem AgungPura Dalem Agung
Pura Dalem Agung

Also called the "Main Temple," is used for worshiping the god Hyang Widhi in personification of Shiva, the Recycler or Transformer. Like the other two temples in the complex, it is thought to have been built around 1350. The temple complex plays an important role in the spiritual life of the local community.
Monkeys at the templeMonkeys at the temple
Monkeys at the temple

The monkeys in the sanctuary roam free
Naughty MonkeyNaughty Monkey
Naughty Monkey

The monkeys are known to be mischievous
Watching touristsWatching tourists
Watching tourists

Keep your eyeglasses and water bottles in check. Monkeys have been known to snatch them.
Banana SellerBanana Seller
Banana Seller

Yes, we decide to interact with the monkeys...but we stayed by the lady that held a BIG stick
Katie & FriendKatie & Friend
Katie & Friend

Camping out on Katie's shoulder eating the banana
2 Monkeys with Katie2 Monkeys with Katie
2 Monkeys with Katie

A baby monkey saw the banana and wanted to join in
Patrick and FriendPatrick and Friend
Patrick and Friend

Just sitting down, a baby monkey decided to check out Patrick...who did not have a banana
Polly want a cracker?Polly want a cracker?
Polly want a cracker?

Perched on Patrick's should just like a parrot. Monkey was happy and content.
Just chillin'Just chillin'
Just chillin'

Monkey and Patrick just chillin'
Uninvited GuestUninvited Guest
Uninvited Guest

For some reason, the monkey just decided to camp out on my head.

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