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Address: Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Indonesia
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother...

Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple of Bali". Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1000 metres (3000 feet)Pura Besakih is the paramount Hindu temple on Bali. Located high on the slopes of the volcano Mt. Agung, it has developed over more than a thousand years into a great complex of 22 separate temples, the largest and central being Pura Penataran Agung. The annual cycle of more than 70 rituals, which symbolically link the temples into a whole, culminates in the centenary ceremony called Ekadasa Rudra, last held in 1979. The temple complex, state-supported since the 15th century, has undergone a series of architectural and ritual changes.

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Temple in mountains

We were not allowed to go inside the temple yet just walk around the temple. It's dedicated to hindu gods and nice looking with the background of highest mountain / volcano in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tharaka C
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were not allowed to go inside the temple yet just walk around the temple. It's dedicated to hindu gods and nice looking with the background of highest mountain / volcano in bali. I really enjoined the scooter ride had from Ubud to this place for a very less price. Temple is average. If you are wearing short dress you... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Indeed it was the closure of the holidays. The tenth full moon since the new year and after the hundredth full moon. So it was a big event. Which means everyone in traditional clothing going to the temples, big traffic jams and everything decorated for such an occasion. It was really something. As with the other temples the profane can't... More 

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed spending the afternoon here although it was very busy! Was a cultural insight to see everyone dressed up in their clothing for praying whilst the ceremony is happening. The site is massive, but very beautiful. However, some places were off-limit such as the private family temples which you could not visit.

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Noida, India
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Balinese people going  to temple in local ceremonial dress . Temple was nicely decorated. Foreigners are not allowed to go when function is going on. Even as Hindu from other country we find ritual different. Volunteers bit rough so no argument and they say not allowed. Thus, we visited temple only from outside and enjoyed decor. Now a days they... More 

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Kingston upon Hull, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an impressive temple to approach but once there it is limited. Afterall it is a place or worship and many areas are not available for the tourist. It is not expensive but you find yourself handing out a few dollars here for 'obligatory' Hindu offerings and 'volunteer tip' for your guide. Yes, you must have one of them.

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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arriving at Basakih when there is a lot of ceremony is absolutely the best time, even if it's crowded. You will certainly get a better experience and understand the Balinese more. It's organised and not really chaotic. Try to visit with a Balinese person or family so you can learn more and participate in the ceremonies. Very easy to enjoy... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the temple as part of a day tour and thoroughly enjoyed the visit, despite the distractions. The view of the temple with Mt Agung behind is spectacular. Entry to the temple was Rp 60 000 per person, plus the costs of buying offerings to place in the temple. The people selling the offerings were overly persistent and to... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I read lots of reviews with same idea before my trip, however I went there. Except the value of this temple for religious people for praying, there isn't anything to worse for visiting here. It is just big and you aren't allowed to go inside temple if you aren't there for praying. Anyway of you really want to see there,... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The web is filled with warnings on this sight so I was prepared for chaos and aggression. To my great pleasure, I had quite the contrary experience! I went around 10 am and there were only a handful of other visitors at the time. The ticket cost Rph 60,000 and included borrow of a sarong, a scooter ride to the... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Největší a pro Balijce nejposvátnější chrámový komplex. Nádherné stavby na úpatí sopky Agung - nejvyšší sopky na Bali. Do chrámů je sice vstup zakázán, ale procházení okolo chrámů je obrovský zážitek. Je nutné mít sarong (dá se koupit na parkovišti za cca 50.000 IDR). Ženy musí mít zakryté nohy a ramena, u mužů stačí pouze nohy. Fotit můžete všechno. Hlavně... More 

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