Pondok Pekak Library

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
09:30 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Family
Landmark
Performance
Must see
Kids
Art
People watching
8.00 USD

Pondok Pekak Library is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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.

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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’.


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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.

Selling points

  • 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
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
350.28 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
22 places

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Jalan Dewisita No.1, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

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  • Restroom is clean and comfortable.
    Toilet
  • Anyone can become a member of the library and get unlimited access to the library's inventory for a month (50,000 Indonesian rupiah, about $4 US) or a year (250,000 rupiah, about $20 US).
    Service
  • Wifi is free.
    Service
  • Smoking is forbidden.
    Rule
  • You should take off shoes before enter classes.
    Rule
  • The books at Pondok Pekak can be rented, bought (though not all books are for sale), or even read right there in the library's open-air reading room on the second floor.
    Other
  • The library is supported by services and programs that cater to tourists. Thus, they graciously accept donations of books and art supplies.
    Other
  • You should visit the official website to get detail information about the lessons.
    Experience
  • You need to book in advance. Classes are a reasonable price and there is no minimum number of students required so if you get lucky you can have a private lesson for about $25.
    Reservation

Reviews

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Many expats with their kids are here everyday to learn Balinese dance & music

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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.

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