In the mountains, approximately one hour's drive north of Denpasar, lies the fascinating village of Ubud. Famed for its painters and sculptors, the township and nearby villages exude an atmosphere of grace and serenity that has attracted art celebrities from all over the world. Balinese culture is alive and well, with some of the finest workings in wood, stone and silver on display. Be sure to visit the galleries, studios and handicraft shops, and to make time for a performance of the captivating legong dance or wayang kulit. The elevation of Ubud and its surroundings afford glorious views across terraced rice fields and the Ayung River and Gorge.