One of a cluster of craft villages in Bali’s Gianyar regency, Celuk is known as the “silver village” for its jewelry production. Artisans here create silver and gold jewelry and handicrafts in their homes and workshops as they have for centuries. A visit to Celuk gives travelers a chance to see the artisans in action and buy direct.
While it’s possible to visit Celuk independently, most visitors arrive as part of a tour, be that a shopping tour, a village tour, or a cultural tour of Ubud. Crafting fans appreciate the tours that bundle Celuk together with other craft villages around Ubud. These include the carving village of Mas, batik village of Tohpati, and arts village of Batuan. The art markets of Ubud and Sukawati also often feature on Celuk village tours.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Souvenir shoppers and lovers of traditional crafts won’t want to miss a trip to Celuk to see its artisans at work.
- The metalwork style in Celuk is quite traditional, which is what gives Celuk its charm. For more modern styles, shop in Ubud or consider the John Hardy workshop.
- A degree of bargaining—“nego”—is expected in Celuk, but don’t expect a discount of more than 20 percent.
How to Get There
Celuk is outside the art village of Sukawati, around 9 miles (14 kilometers) south of Ubud and 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the coastal bypass. Piecing together “bemo” minibuses can be time-consuming, and self-drivers have to fight for parking. It’s worth hiring a private driver or joining a tour.
When to Get There
If a workshop visit is on your Celuk tour agenda, arrive during working hours, between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday, although artisans do often work on Saturdays. To browse and shop in relative peace, arrive early in the morning, before the crowds sweep in.
What to Buy in Celuk
Some of Celuk’s artisan families have been crafting silver for many generations, perfecting traditional styles. Hand-beaten silver trays and dishes are distinctive and beautiful, as are elaborate pieces of jewelry designed for Balinese rituals. Celuk’s metalworkers welcome commissions and a good private guide can help you create the piece of your dreams.