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The Mother Temple of Besakih

Address: Jalan Raya Besakih | Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
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Ranked #204 of 325 Attractions in Bali
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother...
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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Pt. Charlotte, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

I thought it would be important to see this temple, despite numerous mentions of the local crime syndicate running various scams. As we exited our vehicle, sporting colorful sarongs we were predictably accosted by touts but I found that ignoring them works better than saying no or "tidak" in Bahasa. When we came close to the temple, we were allowed... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Had every intentions to visit Besakih temple but did not make it pass the 'extortionists'. Our guide / driver warned us about the unethical nature of the people at the Besakih temple but I did not expect the aggressive tactics they used to make us believe that other visitors pay another extra $700 000rupiah donation after having payed the entrance... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The object and environment are amazing, since the location in the highland the atmosphere is cold. But we experience not good situation with the guide man, we already read review from any references about this place. Eventually we experience that not good situation when the guide man asking us to put some money same with him (100K IDR) for each... More 

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Berwick, Australia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The bricks and mortar of the buildings, their surrounds and the views are amazing!!! Everything else was a disaster. When we drove in we had to pay an entrance fee. We went to the toilet ( the dirtiest and oldest we saw in all of Bali) and had to pay. We made our way towards the Temple and were stopped... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 via mobile

Going to this temple will just leave you with a bad memory of bali. All the reviews about the agressive people, rip offs,.. are true. We even were not allowed to enter the temple (alhough we paid our entrance tickets). It is a total rip off place and a shame for bali!! Our tour guide tried to warn us, but... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Because I wanted to revisit this important site, I decided to go despite horror stories about aggressive guides and umbrella touts (when it rains). Well, the touts were there and they could be persistent. But if you could bear with the 'guides' at the entrance and bring along your own umbrella, you could still enjoy the visit. My feeling is... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Wow, this is such a big place. Don't be put off by the pushy guides, be polite but don't get dragged into paying for one of them as you can see and get the feel of the place without their help. We went into every nook and cranny and the views from the top were fantastic. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

In the 1930s the author A. A. Pandji Tisna, a Balinese prince, wrote "The Rape of Sukreni," a short, theatrical novel condemning the over-commercialization of Bali. Besakih is a modern-day Sukreni, an innocent girl being raped for the purposes of making a few rupiah. I think I was scammed even more than most readers: I paid double what I was... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is supposed to be "the most spiritual place in Bali". What a joke. Super pushy guides everywhere, no peace. We left after only a few minutes because we were so uncomfortable.

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is something that you really have to visit if you're going to Bali. The temple is amazing and our TG informed us about everything that was happening. You have to pay 15000RP to go inside (which is really cheap) and also you will need sarong.

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