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“Not a must...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Ulun Danu Batur Temple

Ulun Danu Batur Temple
Jl. Kintamani Singaraja, Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia
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Ranked #10 of 11 Attractions in Kintamani
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Pura Ulun Danu Batur, a temple dedicated to the goddess of the lake -Ida Batari Dewi Ulun Danu on the edge of a huge crater. The dominant shrines are Meru's (pagodas) dedicated to the lake goddess and the gods of Mt. Batur and Mt Gunung Agung, the largest volcano in Bali. Pura Penataran Agung Batur is the principal temple, with five main courtyards. The dominant shrines are the merus: an 11 tiered one for the lake goddess and three 9 tiered ones for the gods of Mt Batur, Mt Agung, and Ida Batara Dalem Baturenggong, the deified king of Gelgel who is said to have ruled from 1460 to 1550.
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“Not a must...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Be careful... there's another temple just right next to it; so don't get mixed up. We were cheated by the hustlers next door that their ticket would get us in for both temples. We were wrong!

The temple next door had an opening behind so we could actually enjoy a great view of Lake Batur and the landscape.

When we wanted to enter Pura Ulun Danu Batur, we were stopped at the entrance and found out that we had been cheated! The caretakers were not friendly or sympathetic to what had happened to us and promptly directed us to get the ticket from across the road. I was so angry I'd decided to skip this.

Other than some of the statues being painted in bright colours, the shrines were pretty similar to the ones next door and everywhere else on the island. You can skip it if you want to. Not a must.

Visited June 2012
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“Excellent temple, one of the Bali 'must see' places”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

A great temple and a definite 'must see', especially if you are in the north of Bali or near Kintamani. I appreciate that some people have had problems with the staff there and I can't say that I am surprised as they are not so friendly or welcoming as some other places – though better than Besakih. However, 2 points to bear in mind; a) Virtually ALL temples in Bali require visitors to wear a sarong AND sash. In Java, and I believe elsewhere in Indonesia, sarongs alone are required but Bali is definitely sarongs and sash. Some places are more relaxed about enforcing the rules, some less so like this temple but it is a definite rule. All of us were wearing both sarongs and sashes so it was no problem for us and I even wore a Balinese hat though I don't think that is a general requirement. Sashes are so easy to get, we got ours at Sukuwati market for under 1 UK pound each and nearly all markets in Bali will have them. In an emergency a rolled up long scarf will do but I think a formal belt with buckles eg leather belt etc is not acceptable, b) additional way to save hassles from locals is to hire one's own English speaking Balinese guide, as we did, together with mini-bus, for the day/s and it worked extremely well. We used Adimelali (see TA entry) but many others are available - plus having your own guide/mini-bus gives you much more flexibility on where you go and how long you stay.
At Ulun Datu Batur we had one local village man accompany us but he didn't speak English and seemed to be there just to check we didn't steal anything or damage anything! I asked our guide (who gave us all the details we needed about the temple) if I should tip the guy at the end and our guide said no, so I didn't. Remember that after you pay for your entry ticket near the car park you enter this big hall, but that is not part of the temple, just exit the other side, then cross the road to the main temple on the valley side.
Ulun Datu Batur is certainly one of the more impressive temples in Bali and fairly well maintained. It was constructed in 1926 after the original temple by the lake was destroyed in a volcanic eruption – and the village moved up here too. It is dedicated to Dewi Danu, the goddess of lakes and rivers and consists of 9 temples including 5 main courtyards. Not only that but this is considered the 2nd most important temple in Bali after Besakih so worth visiting for that reason alone – though it is worth it anyway. You can see its importance by the fact the main temple spire has 11 tiers, only allowed for the most important temples. We very much liked the way this temple was built and structured though we were not allowed to enter the most sacred part of the temple. It is much more open than a lot of other Bali temples which can be a bit cramped. Certainly it is still well used by locals and is very much a working temple. Also worth going from the main temple, Pura Penataran Agung Batu, to the side exit on the west side and round the back where you can see some smaller devotional temples plus also have a great view down to Lake Batur and the valley below – and Mount Batur of course. OK, you can also stop further along the main road, especially to the East, for the views but this is safer and less hassle from vendors trying to sell you something. Ulun Datu Batur is certainly worth a visit, no question.

Visited February 2013
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“Not worth visiting; entry charge plus sarong hire farce off-putting”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

On our trip through Kintamani & Mt Batur we stopped over at this temple. They have an entry charge, but then in addition they require you to rent their sarongs and hats (men) - even if you have brought your own as we did. They don't have a price list either - they ask outrageous hire prices which you have to haggle down (though its hard to know what is a reasonable price if you have not experienced this before). They also try to make you buy the sarong rather than hire it.

The temple itself was uninspiring, and we were followed around by an uninvited 'temple guide' everywhere.
Not worth the visit in my humble opinion - avoid. Go to Istana Tampak Siring just 45 minutes north of Ubud instead, its so much more pleasant - and its on the Ubud-Mt Batur main road so its an easy stopover.

Visited January 2013
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“The second largest temple complex in Bali (with less steps than the big one)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Pura Ulun Danu Batur is part of the Batur temple complex (9 temples) and is the largest of them. It has an amazing first courtyard with pavilions for housing the gamelan orchestra and kulkul (wooden bell) towers. The second courtyard is a huge space with a banyan tree where the community perform dance and shadow puppetry for the gods.

The inner sanctum is only for those who wish to pray. I went to pray, so I had the opportunity to pay my respects at the main shrine to the Lady of the Lake (Dewi Danu) as well as the Taoist / Chinese shrine of prosperity established by descendents of early settlers from China (circa 10th century).

In the Balinese cosmology of today, Pura Ulun Danu Batur holds the Northern cardinal direction, its color is black and the god is Vishnu, the preserver, whose element is water.

The name of the temple literally means "The Temple (of / to the) Head / Heart of Lake Batur"

Visited December 2012
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“Not a good experience”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We were charged a mandatory 25.000 rp each to get in, and having paid and taken one step inside the building, were then told that we couldn't enter without paying another 25.000 each to rent a sash, (and a hat for men). We had all come equipped with sarongs, which were acceptable in all other temples we visited. We had come to this one as it was the second most important temple in Bali, but we found the experience very disappointing. We were hassled by traders who were insistent to the point of unpleasantness and the buildings were undergoing renovations. Do yourself a favour and avoid this one. Left wishing we had not made this trip. All were unfriendly and not very hindu. Had been to Pura Tirta Empul earlier the same day - and we all found this temple a marvellous experience. Go there instead.

Visited December 2012
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