Taman Ayun Temple

Taman Ayun Temple, Mengwi

Taman Ayun Temple
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Taman Ayun Temple is a Royal Temple of Mengwi Empire and it is located in Mengwi Village, Mengwi sub district, Badung regency and about 18 Km north side of Denpasar town. It is strategically located beside of major roadway between Denpasar to Singaraja. It is set on the land which is surrounded by the big fish pond and look like a drift on the water
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Wildcat7400
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia953 contributions
Taman Ayun Temple was our 1st stop on our 3rd day in Bali. It is one of the 6 royal temples in Bali, specifically belonging to the Mengwi Royalty. Built in the 17th century in the Mengwi village, it has gained its place as one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In 1937, the Royal Temple underwent a significant restoration. Subsequent restoration projects were carried out in 1949, 1972 & the last in 1976. It is open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on a daily basis and “Taman Ayun” simply means “Garden Temple in the Water.”

As usual, our tour agent dropped us at the entrance & told us to wait for him while he park the van. There’s a pathway that leads to the Royal Temple’s entrance from the adjacent street. You can see water on your left & right while walking down the modern day bridge. In short, it looked like a moat. When you arrive at the gate, be prepared to pay a fee of IDR50,000 for admittance. Those who were not modestly dressed were given a sarong to put on.

We saw a huge hall to the right of the entrance. According to our tour guide, it was used for communal gatherings & later cockfighting activities. To the left of the entrance was a water fountain. We saw a monitor lizard walking away from it & a resident cat at the ticket booth on our way out.

As we walked further, we saw traditional Bali architecture with multi-tiered thatched roof shrines. The shrines were all in a large compound & surrounded by a narrow water canal or pond. Furthermore, each shrine was taller than the previous. Moreover, the Royal Temple’s garden landscape included ponds filled with lotuses. Both gardens & ponds surrounding the Royal Temple provide a calming atmosphere to those visiting. It gave us an idea of how the Mengwi Royals lived their lives back then.

There was also an open area where 2 Barongs & 2 Rangdas were displayed.

Taman Ayun Temple is less busy than others. The architecture & the foresight of the Royals certainly helped in making the temple into one of the most beautiful in Bali.
Written March 23, 2020
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petertaylor57
Auckland Central, New Zealand309 contributions
Definitely one of the must-see sights. Not so crowded when I was there this time. No 'guides' following you around everywhere (unless you request one) so free to wander. The other bug plus is no sellers trying to sell you everything from fridge magnets to sarongs at rip off prices. There is a short film explaining the temple's history, and some artworks to see also. All in all good value for the irp 30,000.- (half of the entrance for the rip off Pura Besakih). Highly recommended.
Written February 5, 2020
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Abana87
Leeds, UK80 contributions
Taman Ayun Temple was our first stop on our Temples Tour organised by Discova, and definitely set the standard for what to expect from the rest of our day's adventures.

The setting itself is beautiful; the quality of the craftsman and meticulous attention to detail of the temples, archways, statues and pagodas are simply breathtaking and every single feature of the temple feels exact, purposeful and placed with exquisite care and respect. It definitely helps that the temple grounds felt a lot quieter than others we'd previously visited in Bali; despite being situated off a main road, the second you enter the Temple grounds you feel this wave of calm and tranquillity wash over you.

Our guide did a good job at explaining the significance of the statues, the costumes that play such an important role in Balinese dance, and even the importance of the differing heights of the temples. All in all we found the Taman Ayun Temple to be an exemplary example of exactly the kind of engaging and enlightening escape that such adventures endeavour to deliver.
Written October 4, 2020
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wide_eyesPerth_Wa
perth, wa13 contributions
I visited this ancient complex which is not in everyday use with an American friend last Novemeber. There are very pleasant park surrounds and chance to get up close to look at the ceremonial figures of The Barong and Rangda who represent the archetypal forces of light and darkness..these genuine hand made creatures have several dancers animating them when used in traditional dances which can be seen in many places in Bali. Here we met a lovely group of women all in pink from Java and a group of local teenage school children who courteously asked us if they could practice their English by interviewing us about our work our families and what god we believed in! I have enjoyed this kind of interchange in Java in the past but not so often in Bali these days so that was fun. A little shop by the entrance sells cool drinks icecream etc.
Written March 6, 2020
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MADHURKJAIN
Vadodara, India289 contributions
One of the famous Balinese temples located close to Denpasar. Covered as a part of a day tour to North Bali. The temple is nestled between wonderful greenery. At the back of the garden are wonderful pristine gardens where you can spend some moments in solitude.

Visitors can see pryers and rituals inside the temple from the peripheral wall. Only locals clad in traditional attires and offerings for the god are allowed inside the temple.

A less touristy but more peaceful of the famous Balinese temples
Written September 12, 2020
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Waddington, UK2,755 contributions
If you have time to visit the temple, it is really worth it. The old temple buildings are exceptionally picturesque. The grounds are gorgeous too with lovely flowers. Statues and carvings add to the beauty. Although there were several groups there on our visit we were able to find quiet areas to enjoy the peace.
Written October 24, 2020
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,558 contributions
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Taman Ayun is one of five sites jointly listed as part of the Bali Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site. It is also one of six surviving royal temples on the island, dating back to the 17th century. Highlights include a huge cockfighting pavilion, an ornate watchtower, a beautiful moat and numerous multi-tiered shrines known as meru. Entrance costs 30,000 rupiah for foreigners.
Written January 7, 2020
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mzzyap
Philippines2,392 contributions
There was hardly anyone there when we came. 30,000 Rupiah entrance fee and they provide the green sarong to borrow. Meandering through the garden you'll reach a cluster of exhibition areas. Listen to the short recorded presentation to understand Taman Ayun better. Clean restrooms. Plenty of shade and seats to rest on hot days.
Written February 14, 2020
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Rodney Y
Sydney, Australia140 contributions
I understand that this can be a very peaceful temple to visit. We went there on Hindu new year which wasn't too peaceful. Being on an organised tour we only had time for a walk around the outside wall but you could see the towers. The grounds were well kept. An interesting drive through the townships and countryside to get there particularly all the family temples.
Written March 4, 2020
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V Sridhar S
Bengaluru, India92 contributions
Calm and quiet. Peaceful setting.

This temple seems to have lesser throng of tourists. You will find ample photo opportunities throughout the complex.

The temple is surrounded by an expanse of gardens. Around the external periphery there is a water moat.

Before reaching the main complex, check out the hall to the right. It housed a good collection of masks and dress - similar to the costumes worn by characters in the Kecak dance.

At the back of the temple there is an elevated section setup as a viewing gallery and gives good view of the entire inner temple complex. A couple of halls with photos and a video gallery is present.

While exiting there is a small convenience store.
Written January 11, 2020
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