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Address: Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
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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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Nice, very nice temple, but the sellers of junk are negative. The Holy atmosphere around the temple is like a warm bath.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Toulouse-le-Chateau, France

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

WE were accosted by locals who ripped us off to give us a tour. They were asking for hundreds of dollars which in any other country should have cost maybe $25 for two of us. And it was not clear we needed to use these guides. Such a shame as the temple itself is lovely. But I could not recommend... More 

Thank ch02015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Locals were quite rude and didn't know much about the temple, nevertheless an amazing place, very peaceful in a lively setting

Thank Amit M
Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If there is a zero rating I would choose it. Heres's how it works: 1. You pay an entrance fee of 15,000IR (1usd) at the counter before the parking area. 50-100 meters away from the temple gate itself. No big deal right? 2. Once you get out of the car, people would climb on their mother's grave to be the... More 

1 Thank mervinmer
Toulouse-le-Chateau, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice, very nice temple, but the sellers of junk are negative. The Holy atmosphere around the temple is like a warm bath.

Thank Francoisdela
Cairns, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Another example of scamming and greed running riot. Tourists should stop going there, maybe that whole "Temple Guardian" rubbish would stop. We were warned by our driver about this scam, but despite having experienced plenty of rip offs in Asian Countries, this one is high on the list for one of the worst kinds of bullying and aggression. These Temple... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very beautiful temple however the outsiders are not allowed after a particular point so not much to see there recommended only if you are staying for a week or more. Also this requires a mandatory dress like a towel/lungi wrap around cloth.

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I read all the reviews of rude local guides before going on the trip and avoided all the bad experiences this way. I was prepared to pay 50.000 Rupiah in worst case to some guide to go up all the way or leave if it was not possible. But I did not have to pay a cent! I brought my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So I almost didn't go based upon the negative experiences of others and that would have been a mistake. Instead, I think this just might be my favorite temple in Bali! After visiting, I now see why this is the Mother Temple of Bali. Our driver picked us up in Padang Bai mid-afternoon, so by the time we got there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's one of the biggest temple in Bali and hence called mother temple. The temple is amazingly beautiful. Our driver had advised against visiting this temple but we still went on to see it. I had read about the locals on TripAdvisor and I was prepared to deal with them. They charged IDR 35000 for two people as entry fee.... More 

1 Thank Nitin H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great temple but watch out for the guys in the small office just before you enter. They try to sell you an 'official' guide service vastly overpriced. You can pay a local 'temple keeper' 50k once inside to see all the temples. I'm not really sure this is essential but it's only $5...well worth a visit and great views over... More 

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