Kecak Fire & Trance Dance (Pura Dalem Taman Kaja)

Kecak Fire & Trance Dance (Pura Dalem Taman Kaja)

Kecak Fire & Trance Dance (Pura Dalem Taman Kaja)
4.5
Wednesday
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
About
Kecak and Traditional Ubud Fire Dance
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Top ways to experience Kecak Fire & Trance Dance (Pura Dalem Taman Kaja)
See what travelers are saying
  • Kate L
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You have to see this
    This was a once in a lifetime experience! I know the Ramayana well, but even my friends who did not were in awe. The Fire Trance Dance (part2) was exciting! I sat on a low bench in the very front and felt like I was part of the performance.I will attach photos but they can’t capture the dynamism
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Hugh A
    Tallahassee, Florida102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Balinese Cultural Experience
    We attended the 7:30 pm Kecak Fire and Trance Dance, presented by the members of the Desa (temple). It was a very authentic feeling cultural experience It was one of the highlights of our time in Ubud. We purchased our tickets earlier in the day from a member of the Desa who was selling tickets on the Ubud Main Street. We arrived for the show about an hour early which gave us our choice of seats. The show appeared to be sold out.
    Visited February 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Clare L
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed performance
    This event is by far the best that Ubud had to offer in tourist attractions. You do not want to miss the Pura Dalem lit up to highlight its gorgeous stone statues, the quality of the Kecak dancers, and the incredible trance dance to end the night. Get there early to nab the best seats! Don’t miss this!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Dirk W
    Antwerp, Belgium214 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kecek dance and view
    The place where the Kecek dance is performed is very beautiful with a possible very beautiful sunset. Like everywhere in Bali, many shops and restaurants have been added here. the parking lot is very large. There are currently 2 shows per day. It is something special and we think the Kecak show is very cool. How they managed to sing with Kecak for so long is a mystery. Be careful with food and drink, because the monkeys will take it away.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 12, 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,557 reviews
Excellent
858
Very good
461
Average
171
Poor
41
Terrible
26

Husnain R
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Sat on uncomfortable wooden benches for nearly 2 hours. About 50 men sat in a circle shouting cha cha cha every so often. The fire dance part is just a guy dressed up in a costume kicking hot coal around. Not my thing
Written April 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

chchan
Sydney, Australia125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this but it was pretty amazing! There must be over 50 men chanting and singing in rhythm where it is mesmerising.

A lot of effort has been put into the costumes and the dancing is amazing. The trance dance with the fire at the end is also very different and is a must see.

The show goes for about an hour and the temple does give you the story so you can follow what is happening in the performance.
Written March 11, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kate L
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This was a once in a lifetime experience! I know the Ramayana well, but even my friends who did not were in awe. The Fire Trance Dance (part2) was exciting! I sat on a low bench in the very front and felt like I was part of the performance.I will attach photos but they can’t capture the dynamism
Written June 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Clare L
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This event is by far the best that Ubud had to offer in tourist attractions. You do not want to miss the Pura Dalem lit up to highlight its gorgeous stone statues, the quality of the Kecak dancers, and the incredible trance dance to end the night. Get there early to nab the best seats! Don’t miss this!!
Written July 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dirk W
Antwerp, Belgium214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The place where the Kecek dance is performed is very beautiful with a possible very beautiful sunset. Like everywhere in Bali, many shops and restaurants have been added here. the parking lot is very large. There are currently 2 shows per day. It is something special and we think the Kecak show is very cool. How they managed to sing with Kecak for so long is a mystery. Be careful with food and drink, because the monkeys will take it away.
Written December 12, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

wiriask
London, UK666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
We went on a Friday evening and tickets were easy to get right in front of the Pura itself. I was afraid that the show would not go on as it was very cloudy, but they had back-up; firstly you can buy umbrellas there and secondly, when it did strat to drizzle, they moved all of us to the covered building right next to the open space! The move was fast and smooth and the show went on. We were mesmerised !!! That evening left a mark with us, truly enjoyable! The pura itself is very beautiful and with all the evening lights, it's very atmospheric, mystic. Enjoy the evening at Pura Dalem !
Written October 15, 2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

mifinkeel
Melbourne, Australia305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011
We saw the Kecak (monkey chant) performance by the Semara Madya troupe at Peliatan, a village 10 minutes drive from central Ubud. This troupe specialises in the kecak, and performs once a week on Thursday night. This was my favourite experience in Bali.

The temple setting of the performance is very atmospheric, with most light being provided by a tier of lamps in the centre of the stage. The performance seemed genuine, with a priest lighting incense and sprinkling holy water on the performers at the start. There is a circular chorus of about 50 "monkeys" who provide the background chak chak sound. The undulating chorus and arm movements to symbolise fire and wind, are mesmerising. There are also other characters with ornate costumes, including a king, princesses, a monkey god and king, and a garuda bird. The female characters are graceful and beautiful, with their legong-like movements.

A return shuttle is included in the price, with pick-up right outside the Ubud tourism office in Monkey Forest Rd. Tickets are only 75,000 rp (about $8) and kids are half price. Avoid the crowds flocking to the dance performances at Ubud Palace, and support this village community. There were only about 20 people in the audience, so you get a close-up view wherever you sit. I was sorry there weren't more people to see the dance, as the performers put their heart and soul into it.
Written October 11, 2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

WoonLee
Singapore, Singapore33 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Solo
First of all, I don't understand the dance.
Secondly, there is no music. The "music" was made up by human voices of more than 20 men. The dancers and these men sat around the giant candlestick and dancing not for the audience, because they weren't facing the audience half the time!
The highlight of the show was the kechak fire dance, whereby the "dancer" in trance were kicking the fire-lit coconut husks around the stage.
To think that I paid Rupiah 75,000 for this!
Written October 3, 2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Anon100001
London371 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
I'm not sure what other reviewers were watching. This was a complete and utter waste of time and money. For 1 hour, we along with the rest of the audience sat down with no clue about what was going on (there was a synopsis on paper but this was unclear). The show was so boring that a number of people in the audience fell asleep. For the most part, this felt like a bit scam. This was until the last 5 minutes when there was a small fire-dance which was incredibly dangerous - there was hot embers and smoke flying in the direction of the audience (including small children and some babies). Needless to say, I would not recommend this to anyone.
Written April 13, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

YonNika
Uppsala, Sweden16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Solo
Worth every single penny! You find yourself gaping in awe and the mesmerising chant and movements of the dancers. The only thing that ruins the experience a bit is all the annoying people using the flashes of their cameras - really, DON'T DO THAT, you destroy an amazing experience... it should be forbidden. Imagine sitting there alone, that would be a dream come true!
Tips:
• come early if you want a good seat (I was there at 6.50 PM and the best seats were already taken then but I got a decent seat)
• DON'T BE LATE and DON'T bloody talk during the show, it's extremely annoying for everyone else
• read the folder before the show to understand the story
• you can either buy ticket outside the temple, at some places up the street to the temple or from locals selling them at the down corner on the street

I'll post a picture of the folder/ticket so you know what it looks like (if someone tries to sell you false ones) and some information about it is on that too

All in all - go, amazing experience you will never forget!
Written September 26, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 1,163
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Kecak Fire & Trance Dance (Pura Dalem Taman Kaja) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All Ubud HotelsUbud Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Ubud
All things to do in Ubud
Day Trips in Ubud
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars