5 Famous Temples To Visit In BALI

Last Updated: June 9th, 2018

5 Famous Temples To Visit In BALI

 

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

 

The famous holy spring water in Tirta Empul

The famous holy spring water in Tirta Empul

 

BALI’s Tirta Empul Temple: 10 Things To Know

The statues at Tirta Empul’s main courtyard

 

BALI’s Tirta Empul Temple: 10 Things To Know

Tourists lined up in the koi pond

 

 

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

 

BALI’s Pura Taman Ayun: 8 Things To Know

After the sudden downpour at Taman Ayun

 

BALI’s Pura Taman Ayun: 8 Things To Know

Taman Ayun

 

BALI’s Pura Taman Ayun: 8 Things To Know

A woman inside the inner courtyard after her daily ritual

 

 

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.

Read in full: Pura Tanah Lot: 8 Things About One of BALI’s Famous Temples

 

Pura Tanah Lot: 8 Things About One of BALI’s Famous Temples

Tanah Lot

 

Pura Tanah Lot: 8 Things About One of BALI’s Famous Temples

Just one section of the vendors selling souvenirs

 

Pura Tanah Lot: 8 Things About One of BALI’s Famous Temples

Tourists along the walk path to Tanah Lot

 

 

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

 

Bali’s ULUWATU Temple: 9 Things To Know

The sea of people in Uluwatu

 

KECAK FIRE DANCE

Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu

 

Sunset at Uluwatu Temple while watching the Kecak Fire Dance

Sunset at Uluwatu Temple

 

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

 

Gloomy weather at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Gloomy weather at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

 

PURA ULUN DANU: One of Bali's Most Photographed Temples

 

PURA ULUN DANU: One of Bali's Most Photographed Temples

 

 

 

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