ubud-baliUbud ,Did you know that the town was originally an important source of medicinal herbs and plants? Ubud gets its name from “ubad,” the Balinese word for medicine.
Why the town became the cultural and art center was because of these points in history: Ubud in the late 19th century was the seat of feudal lords loyal to the king of Gianyar, the most powerful of Bali’s southern states then. These lords, members of the Balinese Kshatriya caste of Sukawati, were significant supporters of the village’s increasingly renowned arts scene; Art teacher Walter Spies not only taught but also brought other artists from all over to teach and train the Balinese in arts; the 1960s got a burst of creative energy after the arrival of Dutch painter Arie Smit and Young Artists Movement was developed.