Last Updated: June 9th, 2018
Bali, home to Indonesia’s biggest Hindu population, is also one of the world’s top tourist destinations–as recognized by TripAdvisor in its Traveller’s Choice Award in 2017. With its amazing sunsets, hospitable people, diverse culture, and storied multi-tiered pagodas, this island-destination is surely on top of every traveler’s list of places to visit. While certain sites can get a bot crowded at times, its breathtaking temples alone–and the history behind its construction–is definitely worth the visit.
1. Tirta Empul Temple
Considered as one of the largest and most visited Hindu Balinese water temples in Indonesia, Tirta Empul was founded in 926 A.D. during the Warmadewa Dynasty. It is ideally located below the Presidential Palace of Tampaksiring that was built in 1957 by the first President of Indonesia, Sukarno.
The temple is dedicated to the Hindu God of water, Vishnu. While Tirta Empul, when translated, means water gushing from the earth which is why it is regarded by many as a holy spring.
Read in full: BALI’s Tirta Empul Temple: 10 Things To Know
2. Taman Ayun Temple
Taman Ayun was first built in 1634 by I Gusti Agung Putu, the Raja of Mengwi, who commissioned a Chinese architect for its construction. Surrounded by canals which is only accessible through a bridge, the temple was built to serve as the main worship place for the Mengwi people who need not travel far to larger temples.
Read in full: BALI’s Pura Taman Ayun: 8 Things To Know
3. Tanah Lot Temple
This ancient Balinese Hindu temple is said to have been built by Dang Hyang Nirartha, known in Bali as Ida Pedanda Sakti Wawu Rawuh. It is one of the most crowded tourist spots in Bali that’s surrounded by hundreds of souvenir shops, art market, and restaurants.
4. Uluwatu Temple
While its history remains unclear, some people believe that the temple was built during the reign of Marakata (9th to 10th Century), the son of Mahendradatta, the former queen of Bali. The temple complex sits on a 70-meter high cliff with great sunset views overlooking the Indian Ocean where the famous Kecak Fire Dance is regularly performed.
Read in full: Bali’s ULUWATU Temple: 9 Things To Know
5. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Famously featured at the back of the 50000 Indonesian Rupiah banknote for its 2004/2005 series, this temple complex was built in dedication to Dewi Danu, the Balinese water, lake, and river goddess.
The temple’s design features a mix of Hindu and Buddhist architectural styles and is built on top of a plateau in Lake Beratan.
Read in full: PURA ULUN DANU: One of Bali’s Most Photographed Temples
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