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The Mother Temple of Besakih

Jalan Raya Besakih | Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
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Type: Religious Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Makati, Philippines
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

First off, the temple is amazing. It is Bali's oldest, holiest and highest temple. picturesque! You can see the beautiful Gunung Agung, the highest point of Bali, from this area. Location: This is about an hour and a half to two from Kuta. HOWEVER, it is sad and infuriating that the locals have decided to form a group to scam... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We felt being cheated from the moment we entered the village until left it very disappointed. The temple is nice but not better than others, only bigger. But there is hundreds of Balinese who tell you "you can't enter without a guide, you can't enter without buying these worship flowers, you have to donnate a ridiculous high amount of money... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Yes that's right; unlike many other reviewers; we had little hassle and what we did get we shrugged off. As a result we were rewarded by a moving experience- the scale,variety and majesty of the architecture; the fabulous hillside setting and the ambience created by thousands of worshipers devoutly engaged in their rituals. At times I did feel like all... More

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Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Besakih Temple is one of the biggest and oldest, this is why it is known as 'Mother Temple of Bali". And it is quite big indeed!! As I understand, this is actually a complex of 20-30 smaller temples jointly called Besakih temple. The views are stunning, the temples seem also to be well preserved and much more authentic than many... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We didn't read any reviews about this place and got really bad scammed. It was horrid. Our very own driver told us we had to have a guide inside the temple and we trusted him on this. So first at the entrance we had to pay 30k, then we had to pay for a guide (our driver brought us there)... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Our driver who we have been using every year for the last 5 years, explained very carefully about the costs and how he couldn't be seen to help us with entrance fees (take those as bribes or scams or straight corruption by the local guide MAFIA). It costs 45kIDR per person just to drive into the village and then the... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Arrived here as part of a group tour. Unfortunately, the rest of my tour group did not make it into the temple as they were put-off by the scams on the way in. I can speak the indonesian language and was able to avoid these scams. Some tips for all below- 1. As u walk from the carpark to the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We didn't read any reviews before we went. Our driver told us that we will HAVE to take a guide which seemed to us strange as never in Bali you HAVE to take a guide. So we went and after paying the tickets (price printed in the ticket is different than the one you pay) we could smell what's going... More

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Shanghai
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I start from the end. On our way back from Pura Besikah, we were offered by our guide to see the panorama of the Mount Batur and the lake Batur. There was a police road block and we were requested to pay 10,000 Rupees as a "tip" to the police !!!! Well, if you are a victim of extortion from... More

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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Were going to visit today,lovely scenic drive,paid our entrance fee.At the ticket booth was informed the [donation] was $60 we got it down to $40 then informed you had to go by motor bike at a charge or walk 5 km,plus guide wanted his cut don't know how far it was as I asked for my money back, which I... More

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