The mission of The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Monkey Forest Ubud) is conserving the area based on the concept of Tri Hita Karana.
Tri Hita Karana is ones of philosophy in Hinduism. Tri Hita Karana is derived from the word of “Tri” meaning three, “Hita” which means happiness, and “Karana” which means the cause or manner. Thus, Tri Hita Karana means “Three ways to reach spiritual and physical well-being”.
The implementation of Tri Hita Karana, in addition to the ritual performed in the temples, can be seen in a special ritual activities related to animal, called Tumpek Kandang; and Tumpek Uduh, where the animal and plant is the subject of the ritual.
Based on the concept of Tri Hita Karana, The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Monkey Forest Ubud) will be a featured of international tourist destination to create peace and harmony to the visitors. As well as can be the heart of the city, the conservation of rare plants and plants for ritual purpose, and as a natural laboratory for educational institutions.
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Monkey Forest Ubud) is not just a tourist attractions or important component in the spiritual and economic life of the local community, but also an important spot for research and conservation programs.
The special management and arrangement that have been done in this area encouraged researchers from various research institutions around the world to conduct a research, particularly on the monkey’s social interaction and behavior with their surrounding environment.
The Recommendation for the Visitors
For your safety and convenience please read and follow the “Monkey Forest Tips” that had been placed around the area.
If you bring a bag (plastic or paper) or plastic bottle, we suggest you to entrust and left at our ticket counter.
In generally, monkeys will not come to you if you do not bring bananas or any other food. If you want to interact or feed the monkey, please do it carefully. If you are giving bananas or food to the monkey and they approached to take it, do not ever try to pull it back.
To maintain the monkey’s health, please do not feed the monkeys by peanuts, biscuits, bread, or any other human snacks.
In order to conserve the monkeys and forests, we engage you to keep the forests, wildlife, and the environment in good manner.
This forest area is sanctified by the local people community. There are some parts of the area that prohibited for the public to see or visit. For example, the sacred area or temple. The temple area is only accessible for whom willing to pray and wear proper Balinese praying dress.
The substance of doctrine of Tri Hita Karana is how to make people maintain a harmonious relationship in this life. Those three relationships comprise of harmonious relationships between humans and humans, humans and their environment, and humans with The Supreme God.