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12 Most Iconic Temples in Bali

JalanJalanMen! - As one of the main tourist destinations in Indonesia, the Island of the Gods Bali does offer a wide selection of tourist destinations. Not only the beach, as an island with a majority Hindu population, in Bali there are also many temples which are places of worship for Hindus. With a distinctive and unique architecture, it is not uncommon for temples in Bali to become tourist destinations in Bali.

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Some temples in Bali are even built in beautiful places with magnificent architecture making the tourism potential of temples in Bali very large. The number of temple tourist destinations in Bali has even made Bali also dubbed the "Island of a Thousand Temples". Curious as to how beautiful the temple architecture in Bali is? Take a peek and get to know the following recommendations for the most famous temples in Bali:

The Best Temple Tour Destinations in Bali

1. Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most famous temples in Bali which has undoubted beauty. This place has known for Traditional Balinese temple located on a small, rocky island & offering water vistas. Being one of the favorite tourist destinations, the temple in Bali is built magnificently on a rock in an offshore area so that it can only be visited during low tide. When the tide is high, the path to get to the temple will sink so that this temple is like being in the middle of the ocean.

The most favorite moment for tourists who want to visit this temple in Bali is in the afternoon, when the tide and the sun begins to set creating a beautiful panorama typical of the exotic Tanah Lot Temple.

2. Besakih Great Temple

Located in Besakih Village, Karang Asem, Besakih Great Temple is the largest temple not only on the Island of the Gods, but also in Indonesia. This place has known as Large, holy site featuring 23 temples, including several with soaring spires, plus many festivals.

This temple complex consists of one Penataran Temple (temple center) with 18 companion temples. With a row of stairs to become the Gate of the Penataran Temple, this temple in Bali is very famous for its splendor.

3. Taman Ayun Temple

One of the other temples in Bali that is often a tourist destination is Taman Ayun Temple located in Mengwi. This temple in Bali itself is very sacred because it was built as a form of respect for the spirits of the ancestors of the Kings of the Mengwi Kingdom. This place has known as Picturesque Hindu temple & garden complex bordered by canals & featuring shrines, pavilions & ponds.

Not only the unique architecture, the attraction of this Balinese temple is the beauty of the surrounding environment where Folks can feel the refreshing atmosphere accompanied by the sounds of insects and birds that live wild around this temple area.

4. Uluwatu Temple

This place has known for Perched on a cliff, this ancient Hindu temple features ocean views & hosts traditional dance shows. Built on a cliff jutting into the sea, Uluwatu Temple is believed to be a buffer for the nine cardinal directions for Hindus in Bali. This Balinese temple, which is located in Pecatu Village, has an amazing view because of its very strategic location so that it can provide a beautiful panorama that spoils the eyes.

5. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

This place has known for Scenic Hindu temple on a lake with gardens, boating & wild animals for photo opportunities. Located on the shores of Lake Beratan, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is another temple in Bali that has been famous for its beauty. 

Not only enjoying the architectural beauty of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, the location of Lake Beratan itself has been managed as a tourist destination so that this temple in Bali is rightly one of the tourist destinations while on the Island of the Gods.

6. Saraswati Temple

This place has known for A pathway over a scenic lotus pond leads to this Hindu temple with ornate architectural details. As the name implies, Pura Saraswati was built to worship Dewi Saraswati who is the embodiment of science and art. Located in the Ubud area, not far from the Monkey Forest, this Balinese temple is famous for its beautiful water garden with lotus flowers.

7. Tirta Empul Tampak Siring Temple 

This place has known as Hindu Balinese temple with a bathing area containing holy spring water for ritual purification. Tirta Empul in Indonesian means holy spring, so it is not surprising that at Tirta Empul Temple Folks will find natural springs. This natural spring then flows into a bath in the temple area. This bath is the main attraction of Tirta Empul Temple.

This spring itself is considered holy water for Balinese Hindus which is able to bring purity, tranquility, to good luck.

8. Pura Goa Lawah Klungkung

This place has known as small, 11th-century Balinese Hindu temple was constructed around a bat-filled cave. Unlike the previous temples in Bali, Goa Lawah Temple is very unique because it was built right in front of the cave area which is home to thousands of bats.

In addition, the Bali Temple, which is located in the Pesinggahan Village, is not far from the Black Sand Beach which is also a tourist destination in Bali that is no less interesting.

9. Lempuyang Luhur Temple

This place has known for Complex of hillside Hindu temples, famed for its striking “heaven” gate & Mount Agung volcano views. For Folks who want to hunt for Instagrambale photos in Bali, Lempunyang Luhur Temple is one of the tourist destinations of contemporary temples which is currently very popular as a photo hunting location , especially the photo of the very iconic high gate.

Located at an altitude, from Lempuyang Luhur Temple Folks can see Mount Agung from a distance. Often referred to as the most beautiful temple in Bali, Lempunyag Temple is also nicknamed the “Gates of Heaven” because of its beauty.

However, to reach the top location of this temple, Folks must climb at least 1,700 stairs. With its beauty, of course the fatigue of climbing these stairs will be meaningless.

10. Goa Gajah Temple

The next tourist destination in Bali that is no less interesting is Goa Gajah Temple, an archaeological site with a long history. Built around the 11th century, this Goa-shaped temple with carved elephant heads was originally used as a place for meditation.

Adjacent to Goa Gajah Temple, there is also a bathing pool and the Petanu River which has no less interesting views.

11. Ganesha Menjangan Temple

Menjangan is one of the tourist destinations in Bali which is known as one of the best diving spots . However, on the island, which is about 76 km from Singaraja City, there is the Segara Giri Dharma Kencana Temple, also known as the sacred Menjangan Temple. One of the most iconic views of this Balinese temple is the magnificent white Ganesha statue overlooking the open ocean.

However, not only Ganesha, in this temple there are seven prayer points which include Tirta Pingit Klenting Sari Temple, Brahma Ireng Pesraman Temple (Ratu Patih Keboiwa), Dewi Kwan Im Pagoda Temple, Gadjah Mada Pendopo Temple (Hyang Wisnu Murti), Bhatara Lingsir Sang Hyang Pasupatu, Pura Dalem Erlangga & Dalem Waturenggong, and then worshiping Ganesha and Dewi Parwati.

12. Alas Kedaton Temple

Located in Kukuh Village, Alas Kedaton Temple is a Balinese temple built in the middle of the Alas Kedaton Forest. This forest itself is home to no less than a thousand monkeys. Not only that, another attraction of this temple in Bali is the people's belief that this temple has magical powers to protect the forest and surrounding residents.

No wonder the atmosphere around this temple is very soothing because the residents are indeed preserving the forest and this temple.


Those are the various temples in Bali that offer a different holiday experience to Bali than just going to the beach. Which Balinese temple would Folks most want to visit during their next vacation to Bali?

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