Goa Gajah Temple, A Beautiful Historical Site

Goa Gajah is a significant Hindu archaeological site located in Bedulu, just 10 minutes outside of Ubud in Bali. Thought to date back to at least the 11th century, was excavated in 1922. The centerpiece here is a cave, the entrance to which is an ornately carved demon’s mouth. Inside of the 15 meters long cave, there are Ganesha statue, fragmentary lingam, and yoni. A giant carved guards stand around pools near the entrance, and a little path leads toRead more

Taman Ujung, The Royal Heritage of Karangasem Kingdom

Taman Ujung is the water palace built by the last King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Djelantik in 1919. The architect was a Dutch van Den Hentz and a Chinese Loto Ang. This development also involves the Balinese architect. Resting in the vast pool is a series of intriguing, romantic pavilions linked by bridges, archways, and a shaded avenue of mango and frangipani trees. The grounds destroyed in the explosion of nearby Mt. Agung in 1963 and further ruined byRead more

Tirta Gangga, A Royal Water Garden of The Karangasem Kingdom

In the middle of rice fields and surrounded by jade green hills, Tirta Gangga nestles peacefully and timelessly. Tirta Gangga is a royal water garden of the Karangasem royal family consisting a fabled maze of spine-tingling, cold bathing pools and basin, spouts, tiered pagoda fountain, stone carvings and lush gardens showcasing a blend of Chinese and Balinese architecture. The water garden was constructed in 1948 on the initiative of the King of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. Before theRead more

Lempuyang Temple with The Famous Gate of Heaven

Lempuyang means ‘The Lights of God’. A complex of seven temples, the most spectacular of which is Pura Agung Lempuyang Tara Penah, nestled on the hillside 11 km from Tirta Gangga. Here, the dazzling white split gate perfectly frames Mt Agung, and the temple guardians – three pairs of colossal sea serpents – border a trio of towering staircases. One kilometer further on, a stairway of 1700 steps winds through the forest up to the temple of Lempuyang Luhur, 768Read more

Candi Gunung Kawi, A 1000 Years Old Temple

At the bottom of a lush river valley running through the little town of Tampaksiring just northeast of Ubud, lies one of Bali‘s largest ancient temple complexes, the Candi Gunung Kawi. Comprising a collection of ancient ‘Candi’ or shrine reliefs carved directly into the face of a rock cliff, this is definitely one of the most stunningly unique archeological sites besides being an important sacred place for the Balinese. Gunung Kawi was also on the 44th US President Obama’s itinerary when he and his family holidayed inRead more

Ubud Palace, A Historical Site in The Heart of Ubud

Located in the heart of Ubud, Puri Saren Agung Ubud Palace was the palace of the kings of Ubud until the 1940s. It is now inhabited by the last king’s descendants. Some parts of the complex are off-limits to the public, but entry to the rest area is free. You can wander around most of the large compound exploring the traditional and not excessively ornate buildings. You will see the real Bali architecture still maintained around this palace. Take timeRead more

Tirta Empul, A Holy Spring Water Temple

Tirta Empul Temple at Tampak Siring was built in 960 AD. Tirta Empul means “holy spring water” that is passing within the temple. The water feeds adjoining purification pools, baths and fish ponds surrounding the outer complex which then all flow to the Tukad Pakerisan River. While there are several shrines and other structures on the premises, the temple’s tranquility is best seen in the large rectangular pool at the complex’s center. The spring is still believed to have healingRead more

Kehen Temple, One of Bali’s Most Beautiful Temples

Built in 11th century, Kehen temple is one of Bali’s most beautiful temples located in Cempaga Village, Bangli. This temple is often described as the miniature version of the Pura Besakih. Like the mother temple, this temple has 8 terraces and it is built on the southern slope of the hill.The beautiful symbolic stone carvings around the temple also add to the visual interest of this temple. Kehen means household or fireplace and symbolizes God of fire, Brahma who protectsRead more

Kerta Gosa

Built in 1686 by Ida I Dewa Agung Jambe, the ruling sovereign of the Klungkung Kingdom, the Gili Garden Kerta Gosa is one of the most attractive cultural heritage sites in Bali today. Kerta Gosa is an open-air building (bale) which was formally part of the Semarapura Palace compound. Located in the heart of Klungkung regency Kerta Gosa has been restored and maintained by the government. Inside the traditional Balinese’s carved wall there are two buildings standing high beyond theRead more