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Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple
Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple Complex. Img: Flickr Yeowatzup

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Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple Entrance Fee: Rp10.000 Opening Hours: 06:00 - 18:00 WITA Telp. Number: - Address: Jl. Pura Telaga Mas Lempuyang , Tribuana , Village, Abang, Karangasem , Bali, Indonesia, 80852.

Lies in the slope of Mount Lempuyang and overlook the magnificent Agung Volcano scenery. Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple is a huge temple complex that should be on everyone’s bucket list. In total there are seven temples with an ascending stair to get to the next temple.

Adorns by Hindu colossal gate, Lempuyang Temple has been a hit for a while now. Thanks to some photo tricks, people are now aware of this temple. Aside from guaranteed breathtaking photos background. The temple is one of the sacred sites in Bali.

Location that far away from the city, the temple was built at 2000 meters above sea level. Another plus side for tourists who fancy nature and a slight peaceful ambiance.

The Hindu Statue in Lempuyang Temple. Img : Flickr Yeowatzup

Presumed as the first and oldest temple in Bali. Penataran Agung Lempuyang temple has a significant role in Bali culture and religion. The shrine is built from pile of stone during the Hindu-Buddhist era in the island.

Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple along with Besakih and Ulun Danu Batur Temple is on the top three list. Of the 3 great temples that its role frequently written in ancient Bali manuscripts. Lempuyang Temple is also believed as the manifestation of the Hindu God name Iswara. The light of God is what the locals believe. This is what made the temple vibrant with its ceremonial and rituals.

Lempuyang Temple Ritual

Due to its location and amount of effort to reach the temple. Lempuyang Temple has never been a famous spot for the tourist. Despite the temple is the oldest shrine on the island. Besakih Temple always gets the overflow visitors. But when it comes to the ritual and ceremonial. Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple is always packed with locals.

A Magnificent View from one of the temple complex. Img: Flickr Alain01789

In Lempuyang Temple, tourists will have a bigger chance to see religious ceremony. The ritual, prayer, and worship of God manifested in Lempuyang Temple. Afterall, the temple is believed as the first Hindu Temple in Bali.

Religious Practice

From time to time the same religious advice has been pass through generations. That at least once a year, a Hindu Balinese should go to Lempuyang Temple. The life guidance pass in the local belief is not just a sole tradition.

The advice to visit Lempuyang Temple is strongly suggested in an old Hindu manuscript. Praying and worship in the Lempuyang temple is obligatory for Balinese Hindu people. The Balinese will be facing a serious consequence for disobeying it.

The locals believe that praying to the God in Lempuyang temple – ask for a blessing, in return they will achieve blissfulness in life. It will avoid any disputes in family and society. The God will even grant people wish such as to live a long life.

Hindu Creature Statue in Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple. Img : Flickr Pablo Marx
Hindu Creature Statue in Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple. Img: Flickr Pablo Marx

For people that begin to learn or dedicate life to science and society. A blessing in Lempuyang Luhur Temple believed will sort out any problem in their way. It will then be easier for them to achieve their goals. This is also the reason why the Balinese people working in the government going to the temple. At least once a year.

Penataran Agung Temple & Gate To Heaven

The famous gate Candi Bentar with a feature of Balinese architecture is hard to miss. The gate is officially dubbed as the most favorite spot. A soared Balinese gate with a perfect slit and it overlooks the magnificent Mount Agung. It is the spot for a flawless photoshoot in the temple. Candi Bentar is also the gate to the first temple.

Present with the 3 sets of the magnificent staircase to the top of the temple. A spacious lawn with 3 dragons flanked on every side of the staircase. The entrance gate to the temple is inevitable to notice. Snap and admire the colossal gate before entering the temple.

Candi Bentar at Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple
The Famous Gate of Heaven at Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple. Img: Flickr Leandro Alcantara

The dragon statue on every side of the stair has an essential philosophy. Ward the negative energy and defend people from the demon spirit. Going up to the temple, guests can join the locals to meditate, bring an offering and pray. And at the end make sure to get a blessing from the priest.

Read: The Sacred Mount Agung, A Hike to the summit 

Telaga Mas Temple

To get to the next holy destination from the temple, visitors can choose to walk. Or simply ride a motorbike service. The locals will offer to take the guest to Telaga Mas temple for Rp10.000 – Rp20.000. There is a small stall selling mineral water, coffee, and tea along the way. Enjoy the tropical green forest and warm hospitality while sipping the hot drink.

A serene atmosphere along the way follow by chirping birds. There are even monkeys in the way. Upon reaching the temple enjoy the tranquil environment. It will certainly take the pilgrim to a reposeful moment. Telaga Mas temple is just a fifth of the entire journey before reaching Lempuyang Luhur Temple.

Dragon statue and stair, Lempuyang Luhur Temple
Lempuyang Temple iconic stairs with the dragon head statue. Img: Man Wai Au 

Lempuyang Temple – Visitors Guideline

The main temple lies at the top of Mount Lempuyang. It takes 1700 stairs to reach the top of the temple. For visitors aiming the main temple. Spare at least 5 hours to explore the entire temple. Planning in a short version spare at least 1.5 hours. And make sure to wear the most comfortable walking or running shoes.

In a brief visit time, tourists could see the phenomenal gate to heaven. It is the first temple with the grand dragon staircase. Finally, get back to the parking lot. Due to the temple itself is a sacred site. Make sure to dress modestly, cover the knee and shoulder. Bring a sarong or visitors could simply rent it at the entrance gate.

Guests are not allowed to take off the sarong while inside the temple. As well as showing affection like kissing, hugging, and sitting in the dragon statue. Be careful with monkeys and watch out for personal belonging. As the temple itself is surrounded by lush green forest. There’s quite a chance to bump into a pack of a wild monkey.

Candi Bentar Facing Mount Agung
When the sky is clear, Candi Bentar is the perfect composition for a photo. Facing the sacred Mount Agung. Img: Irvan Verdian

Planning to explore the entire temple or meet the locals on the way up. While it takes effort, remember to be moderate and respectful. The locals walking in Lempuyang Temple is coming to pray. Devoting each of every step for pilgrimage and blessing from God.

Lempuyang Temple Opening Hours

Sunrise and sunset is the perfect time to capture the beauty of Mount Agung. To avoid the heat when exploring the temple, go early in the morning.

Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple Opening Hours
Monday-Sunday except for Nyepi Day06:00 – 18:00 WITA

Nearby: Explore The Heritance of the Karangasem Kingdom, Taman Ujung Water Palace.

Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple Entrance Fee

There is no entrance fee charged for visitors. However, tourist is expected to give a small donation at the entrance gate.

Lempuyang Temple Entrance Fee
Children & AdultObligatory Donation
Sarong rent to cover knee and shoulderRp 10.000

Read: Bathing in the Holy Water, Tirtagangga Palace, Karangasem

How To Get To Lempuyang Temple

The temple is located in the Karangasem district, which quite remote from the hustle Kuta area. It will take 3-4 hours drive from Kuta or Seminyak area to get to the district. Visitors coming from Ubud can cut half of the driving time to 2-2.5 hours. Besides that, there is another faster option to get here.

Spend a night in Karangasem district. Options either in Candidasa or Amed. It takes 40 minutes to get to the temple from the Candidasa area. Choose to stay in Amed, it will only take half an hour. There is no public transportation to get here. Going with a group, hiring a private car with a driver is the most convenient way.

The average price for 8 hours of use is Rp600.000, for the capacity of 4-6 people. Furthermore, hiring a scooter can also be an option for a solo or couple. A day’s rent will cost around Rp50.000 to Rp100.000 depends on the scooter type. Avoid online booking unless it comes with a fabulous reputation.

Address & Location

The oldest Lempuyang Temple location is at Karangasem district. Pura Telaga Mas Lempuyang street, Tribuana Village, Abang, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80852.

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