Where to Hear Gamelan Music in Bali

Gamelan in Bali
Gamelan in Bali | © Benjamin Hollis / Flickr
Edira Putri

Gamelan is a traditional percussive music that accompanies the life of Balinese people, an integral part of the culture. The distinctive sound knows no language boundary, meaning anyone can appreciate this form of art. Discover the best places to enjoy the unique and soothing sounds of gamelan in Bali.

1. Ubud Palace


Entrance to Ubud Palace
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In this majestic place, gamelan often acts as an important accompaniment to traditional dance shows. The highlight is the Barong dance, which tells the story of a lovable mythical beast called Barong. With fascinating costumes and movements, the time spent watching the show is a delight in both sight and sound. They provide a brochure with an excellent explanation about the show, written in English.

2. Bale Banjar Kelod

Concert Hall

If you’re all about girl power, then the Bale Banjar Kelod is an interesting place to visit. Enjoy the all-women group of gamelan orchestra at this beautiful place. Bale Banjar Kelod also hosts various dance performances, including the famous mind-blowing seated dance performed by local women.

Villas or Hotels

Even if your schedule is too tight to squeeze in two hours of gamelan, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a glimpse of the majestic musical attraction. Many villas provide traditional performances for their guests. If this is something you would be interested in, choose accommodation with complimentary gamelan shows, like Laghawa Beach Inn. Villa Puri Nirwana can arrange performances, usually for weddings, but these aren’t complimentary and there is an additional charge for the service.

Laghawa Beach Inn, Jl. Danau Tamblingan No.51, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Puri Nirwana Villa, Jl. Pantai Cucukan No.12, Medahan, Gianyar Regency, Bali, Indonesia


Almost every corner in Ubud

Ubud is known as Bali’s art and cultural hub. The area is vibrant with art shops and shows, cultural tours, and artistic performances. It’s also the base camp of many gamelan troupes, who can be heard rehearsing regularly. Most gamelan groups are open to visitors who are interested in hearing or seeing these rehearsals. So if you’re wandering in Ubud and your ears catch some enticing percussive sounds, just literally follow the sound of the music and you’ll end up watching a wonderful gamelan performance.

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