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Pura Besakih - The Mother Temple of Besakih

Address: Jalan Raya Besakih | Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother...
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Owner description: 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The gang that has taken over access to the temple are very bad news. After a painful drive to reach the site you get shaken down by a bunch of thieves. Stay away!! After you buy your ticket the boys at the gate demand an access fee. Do not pay the access fee. They will tell you that your ticket... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

My friend and I reached the temple around 4pm on a rainy day of Tuesday. We self drove ourselves there in a rented car. As soon as we were nearing the temple base, we asked the local where to park our car, and was directed to park at a nearby empty space, very near to the temple. Even before we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Located in the foothills of the Mt. Aggung is the beautiful Besakih temple. The visitors are dropped quite some distance from the main entrance to the temple. One had to pay for the guide and had to hitch a ride on a motor bike up and down on payment of some cash. There is a lot of bargaining. But it... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The location was good, the temple was beautiful. It gave us chill and strong vibe of lively cultural history.The mountain background was tremendously incredible. I enjoyed sight-seeing along the way, but those local ruined my trip!! big surprise, those Balinese were rude, they kept following us anywhere, demanding us to ride bikes with crazy price. they forced us to use... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Arrived at the Temple and paid the entrane fee then made our way to the parking area. I have been to many tourist places in Bali and Iam aware of how pushy the sellers can be but could not believe how bad they where here. We didnt even make it out of our car or get to park it and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I visited a lot of temples in Bali this year and this was my worst experience. The temple is big but not taken care of. Looks like derelict which ia a shame as I am sure it was looking great not so long ago. After buying the entrance ticket you will meet many horrible persons trying to take as much... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We bought an excursion "Kintamani-Besakih". Last destination was this church near with huge volcano Agung. It's also the biggest church in Bali.... for me it was not big impression because all church in Bali for me are typical

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

It is worth a visit and is very large with great views. If you go you need to know certain things. I have been a few times now and thought I would write a list as I just took some friends there and this info can help make the trip much easier. 1. You do not need to pay for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Ok, let´s face it, the temple is a very wonderful sight, full of architectural and artistic side and placed in a wonderful location. As it is the most sacred temple on Bali it also has a very high cultural level and is fully worth a visit. Just some tips to avoid the most commen misunderstandings. 1. The inner part of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

One of my top 3 temples in Bali. Located at 1000m on the slope of the mountain with a great view of the east side of the island. When I was there 12-01-2015 was very peaceful with few tourists. Actually is not a temple but several temples in the same structure. The only annoying thing is that at the ticket... More 

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