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About Us

Ganesha Bookshop was established in 1986 as a small family business by Ketut Yuliarsa and his wife Anita Scheeres. Ketut Yuliarsa is a well known writer and actor/musician in Bali and together with Anita had the desire to see a bookshop in Bali that would cater to the needs of all the avid readers, collectors and researchers who passed through Ubud, Bali. They began the bookshop with their own precious collection of books and traded as a second hand outlet. Over the years the shop grew extensively and now houses a vast second hand books section which includes antiquarian books on Bali and Indonesia. As the shop grew they added lots of new books on Indonesia in the areas of language, literature, cooking, arts and culture. We are conveniently located near the Ubud Post Office. We suggest you print out a copy of the map below and bring it with you on your trip to Bali.

In January 2009 Ganesha Bookshop opened another outlet in the south of the island, Ganesha in Biku, Jalan Petitenget 888, Kerobokan. We are very happy to have an outlet in this beautiful Tea Room/Restaurant. Biku is a very different type of restaurant. It is a wonderful 150 year old Joglo that has been refurbished and fitted out with antiques and large leather reading lounges. It is the perfect place to rest, read, eat and drink. We have a fine selection of new, used, out-of-print, antiquarian and rare books on Indonesia. Also, a range of handmade cards and gifts, daily newspaper and magazines from around the world We welcome Book Club meetings, Book Launches and Discussion Groups. Please come in and meet the staff, peruse the bookshelves and enjoy the atmosphere.

In March 2012 Ganesha Bookshop opened in the seaside area of Sanur. Here we are situated on the main street at No 42, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur. We are delighted that in this store we have a special Children’s Corner with lots of cushions for children to drop in and read the special selection of books in both Indonesian and in English. This store also has a wide selection of secondhand books for sale – great for those lazy days on Sanur Beach! Also a range of new books on Indonesian language, art, craft, religion, music, culture and cooking. There is a small cabinet of antiquarian books on Bali and Indonesia, and a range of exotic gifts and cards.

Now with 3 bookstores in Bali and a growing Books for Bali Project donating books to the Balinese community, Anita and Ketut are happy to report that living in Bali and following their passion for books is a great way to live a life!


We are conveniently located near the Ubud Post Office. We suggest you print out a copy of this map and bring it with you on your trip to Bali.

Ganesha Bookshop
Jalan Raya, Ubud, Bali - Indonesia
Tel : (62-361) 970320
Email :

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Ganesha in Biku ,
Jalan Petitenget 888, Kerobokan. Bali

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Ganesha in Sanur ,
Jalan Danau Tamblingan 42, Sanur. Bali

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On occasions our small family home is available for short term rental. It is situated in the heart of beautiful Ubud about 30 metres off the Monkey Forest Road. It is fully furnished and has a very pretty garden. So if you are yearning for a pretty place to curl up and read and immerse yourself in our Balinese Culture just email us for further details.

Ganesha Studio Apartment in Sanur for Rent - CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE FOR RENT


We have a small self-contained 1 bedroom apartment for rent in Sanur on a short term rental basis. It is fully furnished with separate bedroom, bathroom and an eat-in lounge/kitchen. The bedroom has a queen size bed and 2 wardrobes. The bathroom has shower and bath and the kitchen area is fully equipped with fridge, stove, cutlery etc. The apartment is fully air-conditioned and is situated in the heart of Sanur just above our bookstore Jalan Danau Tamblingan 42. Cleaning service provided if required. Easy walking distance to all the fabulous Sanur restaurants and only a block from the beach. Rent is Rp350,000 per night.


For more information email us

Do your guests like to read?

Ganesha Bookshop is offering this new service to Hotels in Bali. If you are interested in having an In-House library within your hotel in Bali, please contact us so we can select for you an excellent range of books on Indonesian Art, Literature, Architecture, Culture, Cooking, Music, History, Language, Children’s Books, Travel and Religion. Click here to send us an email.

Ketut Yuliarsa, owner of Ganesha Bookshop, Balinese Poet and observer of contemporary Balinese Society is available to entertain and inform your guests with 3 fascinating seminars. These seminars are of approximately 1 hour duration each and can be given during a Breakfast sitting, Morning or High Tea, or at an arranged time and place. Perhaps even in a garden setting within your Hotel grounds. US$10 per person. Minimum 6 people in a group. here to send us an email.

This seminar will explore the source of Balinese religion and tradition: What is Balinese Hinduism and how did it develop on Bali? How is it that Bali is a Hindu island surrounded by predominantly Islamic islands? This seminar will also look at the formation of Balinese Cultural Identity through its tradition, arts and adat (customary law).

How does Bali move from a traditional agrarian community into a modern global economy? How do global changes and the implementation of modern ideas and technology, affect everyday life in the Balinese community? In this seminar we will explore the adaptability of the Balinese today.

How was Bali created as a Paradise Island? How did the demand for Paradise create a community that can adapt its cultural heritage to service the global Tourist industry? We will explore the ability of the Balinese to produce and reproduce every kind of handicraft as well as reproducing popular spiritualism.

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Ganesha Bookshops Bali
Ubud : Jalan Raya, (near the Post Office)
Sanur : Jalan Danau Tamblingan 42
Kerobokan : Inside Biku Restaurant, Jalan Petitenget 888
Telephone: (62-361) 970320
Email :

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