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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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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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Jakarta, Indonesia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I cant believe that people there make this "donation fee" rule and goverment just silence. It is a shame that the people there make money from this.. We did pay entrance fee and they asked us to give that "donation" ; one of the guy there said that this is officially rules from government which I know its a big... More 

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Nottingham
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Before entering the area from Kintanami, you are randomly stopped by worshippers who throw themselves in front of your vehicle to perform some sort of offerings but with a fee of RP 100,000. Upon entering the area, a fee of RP35,ooo to get to the temple car park. At the entrance , local villages pressured us to pay another RP... More 

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Kota Kinabalu
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Is the most stunning temple so far I've ever seen, but unfortunately, the local mafia operates it. Beware, not giving out your entrance ticket on the first entrance booth written as 'Checking Ticket booth' after brought your ticket from the base. At first we thought, it was really a port for checking ticket, since there's 4 men stop our driver... More 

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

there's no uniform on payment for your tour guide inside. once you paid the entry fee. they will "cut your neck". even though they said you pay accordingly to your wallet. your guide will bring you up to a temple and again, will charge you for a fee to pray inside. they insist for you to pray in even though... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

rrible! Enough said. There are tonnes of bad reviews about this place already and we saw it for ourselves today. Nasty experience, especially with a young male local who even told us to go back to where we come from when we refused them when they forced us to engage a guide at exorbitant prices due to a "ceremony ongoing"... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

the temple is very bautiful, but local maffia operates it: you can't entrance if you don't pay for local maffia: at the 1st gate, our ticket were taken away we must walk about 500m along to the main entrance, At the main entrance 2 people asked our ticket again, we need explain that our tickets were taken away at the... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The temple itself and the surrounding is really worth a visit. As mentioned in other reviews it is hard to ignore the people that want to make you pay for a guide. I felt not really comfortable there even though I had my Balinese driver with me

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Pura Besakih is one of the most beautiful temple we have ever visited. Just mind blowing. Before we arrived, we were brief by our tour guide what to do and what to expect. At the entrance, we were met by two staff asking for our entry tickets. At the same time, they asked for donation. I askd them how much... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The most parts of this temple are made out of volcanic rock. It was amazing to visit this temple. I had a feeling of peace of mind, relaxation. For few moments, I almost forgot every hassle of my life.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

As many are aware - the temple is a scam central. However, it is possible to avoid the scams, but you need to be very determined. We read a lot of reviews and tips prior to going so we felt rather well prepared. Here is our experience: We arrived by car - we had hired a driver for the day... More 

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