Attraction Jalan Dewisita No.1, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015
|1 hours 30 mins|
|09:00 AM - 05:00 PM|
Pondok Pekak Library is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Pondok Pekak Library is special ?
Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Centre was founded by Laurie Billington-an American expatriate who loved to read and believed every town should have a library- together with her Balinese husband, Made Sumendra.
They built the library as an annex to their family compound in Ubud in 1995, with the blessings of Made’s grandfather, Pekak Mangku- whose own passion for reading, learning and helping others had earned him a reputation as a respected priest, healer and advisor in the community.
“Pondok Pekak” means “Grandfather’s little resting house in the rice field”. It refers to the hut that Pekak Mangku first erected, on the spot where he later built his family home, which has been called “The Pondok” by the family and community ever since. In honor of both this tradition and this man, the library was named ‘Pondok Pekak’.
What to explore at Pondok Pekak Library?
The children can make something special to take home and show their friends – although we aren't sure how long a carved watermelon would last in a suitcase.
Plus you will sound super smug at the school gates when you tell the other parents that your children loved visiting the library and art galleries during your amazing holiday at Bali.
You can also take courses in Bahasa Indonesia, woodcarving and other great stuff.
How to get to Pondok Pekak Library?
The best way to get Pondok Pekak Library is by taxi. You can also hire a private car to visit this place.
- Really fun woodcarving class
- Come for the books ,stay for the classes
- Rich collection of both Indonesian and English books
- Great cultural art classes
- Great little gem for those staying all week in Ubud
Jalan Dewisita No.1, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Tips for you
Many expats with their kids are here everyday to learn Balinese dance & music
This library is a great place to take lessons (less expensive than many other places in town) read a book or just chill. We took the silver jewellery making classes in the morning and woodcarving in the afternoon. The library is nestled beside the football field in the center of town. The instructors were excellent and we has so much fun we are hoping to book more classes while we are here. The library can organize lesson with 2 hours advance notice. We contacted them to set up lessons for the next day. It is cash only payment and they would like a deposit. They also offer Bahasa Indonesian, fruit carving, Balinese dance, kite making, gamelan playing lessons. We have great souvenirs of our time in Bali.