Top Historical Places in Bali

Are you looking to explore the history of Bali through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Bali including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Bali. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Bali ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Bali, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Bali for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Bali with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Mount Batur

    View Point, Hiking Trail, Ancient Ruin, Rock Climbing

    This scenic area is the gift of spectacular volcanic eruption of Mount Batur 10,000 years ago which has resulted into a beautiful deep crater lake and bubbling hot water springs. The Batur Lake is adjacent to Mount Batur and is picturesque. The volcano is still active and hence, the Pura Ulun Danu has been relocated which was initially on Mount Batur. Hiking and camping activities are carried ...Read more
  2. Taman Nusa

    4.4 (287 Votes)
    Taman Nusa

    Art And Culture, Park, Historical Site

    This 15 hectare park with 60 traditional historic houses accurately recreated, exhibits inside the houses and in the open-air, with artefacts from across all of the Indonesian islands is a fantastic cultural aggregation. The whole point of the park is to highlight the uniqueness of the characters of different corners of Indonesia. It will take you through history from Prehistory, to the Bronze ...Read more
  3. Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

    Park, Monument, Leisure

    This sixty hectare cultural park is dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu and his mount, the Garuda. As of time of writing, construction on the gigantic statue monument of Vishnu is ongoing, with the upper body and hands completed, and also the Garuda’s head. It is being sculpted by Nyoman Nuarta, a Balinese artist. See the fountain next to it, which is called the Parahyangan Somaka Giri; it ...Read more
  4. Puri Saren Palace

    Estate, Historical Site, Palace, Architecture

    Puri Saren Ubud (Ubud Palace) is an Ubud Kingdom Palace with beautiful Balinese traditional houses as a residence of Ubud King. It is set in the center of Ubud Bali with traditional art market just in front of it and it is found by Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel who has commanded from year 1800 - 1823. This palace is an artistic cultural life center, while the traditional market is the symbol of loc...Read more
  5. Trunyan Cemetery

    3.5 (53 Votes)
    Trunyan Cemetery


    The Trunyan people have a curious way of dealing with their dead. Instead of cremation or burial the corpses are wrapped in cloth and kept inside one of the baskets here until there is no more room. The oldest corpse there is then removed and laid on the ground. When all but the skull has thus decomposed, the skull is kept on the Taru Menyan tree. Apparently this practice of open burial has bee...Read more
  6. Campuhan Ridge Walk

    4.4 (7354 Votes)
    Campuhan Ridge Walk

    Trail, Walking Area, Historical Site, Nature

    The Campuhan Ridge Walk is arguably the best known Ubud trek and with good reason. The sparse crowds and the aesthetically rich vistas remind one of why people from around the world come to Bali. The trail starts at the historical origin of Ubud, the confluence (or Campuhan) of the Wos Rivers.
  7. Ground Zero Monument

    Landmark, Historical Site, Memorial, Monument

    This monument is constructed in the memory of the deadliest terror attack of Indonesia which took place in 2002. This elegant piece of architecture has a huge marble block which has names of the deceased carved on it. The visit to the monument is a touching experience. The place is illuminated at night and offers a great view.
  8. Ubud Palace

    4.1 (79 Votes)
    Ubud Palace

    Historical Site

    It is a beautiful historical building complex located in the centre of Ubud Bali. The complex (or most of it) was established in the 19th century after the 1917 earthquake and is still home to the royals of the city. The stunning structure will take you back in time when the stone carved buildings were still so much in vogue. A detour in the palace ground will let you witness traditional desig...Read more
  9. Bajra Sandhi Monument

    4.6 (8 Votes)
    Bajra Sandhi Monument


    Set right in front of Bali Governor's Office in Denpasar, Bajra Sandhi Monument was built in honor of the struggles the Balinese people underwent throughout history. Architecturally designed with keeping the principle 'Tri Mandala' in mind, Bajra Sandhi consists of three parts: the Utama Mandala, Madya Mandala, and the Nista Mandala. Learn about the history of the Balinese Kingdom, get insight ...Read more
  10. Besakih Temple

    4.1 (58 Votes)
    Besakih Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site

    The historically and culturally significant temple complex, Besakih is also known as the ‘Mother Temple’ in Bali. This 1,000-year-old collection of around 86 temples is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimages on Bali. The main temple Pura Penataran Agung, and around 18 other temples comprise some of the oldest temples on the island. These artistic, spectacular stonework stru...Read more
  11. Ujung Water Palace


    Built way back in 1909 by the King of Karangasem, the Ujung Water Palace gives you a hint of the grandeur enjoyed by the Balinese royals during the olden times. The main building here is known as Gili Bale which is surrounded by a large pool of water. This main building is connected to the land by a well-constructed bridge. Strolling through the estate, you will also come across ornately decora...Read more
  12. Taman Kertha Gosa

    4.5 (15 Votes)
    Taman Kertha Gosa


    This royal court complex is all that remains of the 17th century Klungkung regency, destroyed by the Dutch in 1908. Once upon a time this was the seat of the most powerful kingdom on the island. The Kertha Gosa Pavilion was the high court of the land, and is known for its ceiling paintings of judgement and the afterlife. In 1908, a punitive colonial attack by the Dutch led to the death of Dewa ...Read more
  13. Taman Ujung

    4.6 (14 Votes)
    Taman Ujung

    Historical Site, Palace

    The pictures really don’t do justice to this heavenly spot! The Taman Ujung Water Palace is a delight for anyone who admires historical places. After volcanic ash destroyed the places in the late 70s, a restoration process had been taking place on the site. It is now more spectacular than ever, and a must see! The large palace complex, is surrounded by still water on all sides is truly a ...Read more