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“Busy but lovely, not to be missed” 4 of 5 stars
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Tirta Empul Temple
Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A very active temple built around a bubbling spring, Pura Tirta Empul is an interesting place to observe Hindu devotees purifying themselves by means of ritual bathing. It is especially recommended to visit on a full moon day, which has special significance in the local religion.
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“Busy but lovely, not to be missed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

While you are spoiled for choice of temples in Bali, this one is not to be missed. Experiencing worshipers pray as they proceed down a beautiful row of fountains was unique and compelling. If you only have time for one temple in Ubud, make it this one.

Visited December 2011
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“Most enjoyable temple visit in Bali”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We visited several temples and temple complexes in Bali and this was perhaps the most enjoyable and accessible of them all.
It is a temple built around holy water springs which are believed to have a wide spectrum of curative properties. It is fascinating to observe locals and visitors alike working along the various spring outlets in the pool (or participating if you like) each with its own special properties.
The surrounds are nicely laid out with interesting building and adornment. Ceremonies are constantly in progress but access is almost unrestricted (with appropriate dress and behaviour) and the feeling throughout is one of great serenity (with the possible exception of the inevitable 'bazaar' near the exit).
Well worth a visit along with the Gunung Kawa Royal Monuments close by (separate small entrance fee)

Visited November 2012
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“Holy temple with Holy water pool”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

As local Indonesian pay respect to their holy places, they expect the same from foreigner as well. Before going there, please make sure that you are "properly dressed" as in covering your shoulder and knee then it should be fine however you might still be required to wear Sarong (a piece of cloth usually covering lower part of your body) It is recommend that you hire a local driver throughout your trip in Bali to ease the problem of transportation, cost per driver per day is IDR 300,000 to IDR 350,000 depend

Upon reaching there, you will see a number of small trader offering their goods outside the temple. Ranging from clothing to souvenir, you may have a look but there is definitely a bigger place to have it all in one place. There might be an old lady offering her bananas to you for "free" tasting and later ask you to buy it, just refuse to try in the first place and you will be fine.

After enter into the temple, you see a very old places but still well maintained temple. You get to see locals visit this places as well. From time to time, people do pray within the temple as well, sometimes foreigner do pray with the locals together, take a steady and slow walk to enjoy the scenery here.

One of the best side is the holy water pool, where locals jump in and queue up to shower with the holy water, coming out from the dragon head stone one by one, from leaf to the right dragon head stone, it is believe the holy water pool can bring better luck to the person, so visitor can actually just jump in showered with the locals together. The water pool is very clear, so do not make throw anything or pee while inside the water pool, and water is cold here but it is so refreshing by just being in the pool, however if you do not plan to get wet then just wash your face with the water will do.

Visited September 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Nice temple. For me was interesting how people get in to that pool under the holly water. On the exit full of booths and if you look in that way the sellers pull you and insist to buy someting. they catched my hand and insisted to buy and finally i bought i little souvenir. Entrance fee to the temple 15000 rp/pers.

Visited October 2012
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“Holiness redefined...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

On the way to Kintamani in the morning our first stopover was Tirta Empul (temple of holy spring water) located at Tampak Siring Village, about 39 km eastwards from Denpasar. The temple is set in a serene surrounding with green hillocks on one side, pools of water all over and trees abounding in the compound. The temple complex has large pavilions, intricately carved wooden statuettes and beautifully sculpted stone doorways. According to local belief, Indra, King of Gods pierced the earth at Tirta Empul to release holy water for his ailing troops after the battle with a demon. The spring water at the temple is considered sacred by the Balinese. Pregnant ladies having bath in the holy water of the temple is part of a ritual. We also saw a newly married Balinese couple in their traditional costumes arriving to seek blessings at the temple.

Visited December 2011
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