Goa Gajah – Heritage Site by UNESCO

The entrance to Goa Gajah in Ubud is guarded by demon faces carved into the stone outside the cave. The main face above the entrance was once believed to be an elephant. That's where this ancient sanctuary gets its name, Goa Gajah, which translates to Elephant Cave. Some travelers are disappointed to arrive and not find a cave full of elephants.

Built in the 9th century AD, the site was submitted to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites in 1995 and remains a popular site for tourism to this day. It is a beautifully preserved site, which houses a pond, massive ribbon root trees, and the very well preserved ruins of the original structure.

Depending on when you arrive, you may find the place very serene, and you may find it very packed with tourists and worshipers.

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