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Pura Besakih - The Mother Temple of Besakih

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Address: Jalan Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
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Description: Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple...
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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Beautiful and very impressive, but the main temple is closed for visitors. The people around the shops and at the entrance ticket boot are trying scam you .. So be aware of tricks

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Beautiful and very impressive, but the main temple is closed for visitors. The people around the shops and at the entrance ticket boot are trying scam you .. So be aware of tricks

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We went to Besakih as ex-pat visitors who live and work in Bali and speak the language. We had read the reviews on here but were kind of in the area so thought we would give it a try. Firstly the temple itself is amazing. Its the largest temple in Bali, the Mother temple, and we visited in April which... More 

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Zaandam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The Besakih temple complex is the main temple complex of Bali, beautiful and well maintained, but the local people spoil a lot by asking to much money. We went there by rental car and had to pay an "official" fee at a counter at the entrance. Parking, toilet, hiring a sarong, everything had to be paid. We brougt our own... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

review is for the running of, not the Temple itself. The structure and location is magnificent. There it ends. We visited with another couple on 14th April during a major ceremony. Our driver was not permitted to come with us. After paying the entry fee we had to pay an exorbitant 'donation' 'for maintenance' of the temple to the 'guardians'... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

The temple is located in upper Bali and takes a while to reach there. But once there the spectacle of this marvellous temple is breathtaking. One must keep a full day for this visit as the travel takes a good 3 hours from Kuta. Caution - 1. Sarong (a must) will cost you Rup 10K to hire. 2. Travel to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I rode my scooter 2.5 hrs from Amed to see this temple during the annual April temple celebration. Balinese from all over the island were praying in their best outfits and the atmosphere was buzzing. While I really enjoyed the temple and took some fantastic photos the warnings on this website are to be taken seriously! I refused to pay... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Extremely disappointing experience, can only confirm some of the other reports here. Mafia-like organized people calling themselves "guardians of the temple" physically prevent you from actually entering the core parts of the temple unless you pay for their "guide services". Plenty of other nice temples on the island, go see one of them. Hopefully at some point the authorities will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

You have to pay for Sarongs as well take a guide with you. I could not understand why to pay for guide. Entry fee is separate. At the entrance around 10 people approached us for photo costing RP100000, which is not worth spending. Not worth visiting this temple after spending Rp700000.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

After reading all the negative reviews about Besakih Temple, I wasn’t sure if I actually wanted to go… but I am so glad that I did! The manager of our hotel took got us there at 10am and there was hardly anyone there. Would strongly recommend a guide to get the details of the different parts of the temple and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

When we arrived at Besakih we were asked to buy a sarong to enter so we just obliged. We went there as a family of four. Paid another 300000rp for a guide. He could speak English. Once we went in were asked to pray so we again obliged. However after the prayer was done, the guide asked us to donate... More 

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