The Ubud Royal Palace is one of the most prominent places in Ubud, as it is smack-dab on the main Jalan Raya Ubud road and intersection. The palace can also be regarded as the focal landmark of Ubud. The Ubud palace was built during the lordship of the late Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel (1800-1823) and is well-kept by his successive heirs. It has well-preserved Balinese architecture and charming garden settings and is best known among lovers of Balinese arts as one of the main sites to view dramatic evening dance performances. The Puri Saren Ubud Palace currently also serves as a cultural repository of arts, dance and literature. The palace’s stage and meeting halls are also host international events, such as the opening ceremonies of the annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.