Gates of Heaven
Gates of Heaven
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  • Bob Gianna
    Montreal, Canada94 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want to go don't plan anything else.
    I woke early in order to make my way to this temple. I was aware that this site is very popular as it's a popular in Instagram by the famous picture shots with mirror. Keep in mind that you get a queue number to get those famous pictures therefore the average waiting time is between 3 to 4 hours even if you get there in the morning. This temple is important worship for Balinese people and sadly the high volume of waiting tourists to get the famous pictures kind of ruins the spiritual vibe of the place. If you explore the temple you can get the exact picture shots with the mirrors down by the stairs as many tourists are unaware of that. At least there's a few places where you have a bite or a coffee while waiting and enjoying the view of aera from the mountain. In other words if you want those famous pictures taken be very patient and don't plan nothing else for your day.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Londoner017
    London, United Kingdom4 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    All about the photo
    Fantastic views BUT only do this if you have time to spare. I got up at 5am for a 5.30 pick up and arrived at the temple 6am. My ticket number was 121 and they were photographing number 17. I didn't get my photo taken until 10.15. I was really surprised by how long it took. The photographers allow couples and groups to have four or five different poses together (as well as several poses individually) some people take their time to walk up to the archway and despite having waited for hours had to think about their different poses. A consistent gripe about all the tourist sites in Bali is the time spent waiting for people to finish their instagram poses. Also the photographers all hold mirrors up so if you want a natural shot remember to tell them to take one without. Aside from having to wear a sarong and having water splashed on my head the site didn't feel as holy as I expected because of the hordes of people waiting for photographs and there wasn't any information provided about the background or cultural significance. The most special moment was watching some worshippers climb the stairs to enter the temple through the doors. In summary, visit for the view but consider if you have time for the photograph which is essentially the only activity. There's a restaurant where the little buses drop you off which also does photographs and amazing pineapple pancakes.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Highroads Traveler
    Newtown Square, Pennsylvania927 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunset and prayerful beauty!
    Visiting the Gates of Heaven and the joy you will experience from arriving here is entirely due to your mindset… If it is peaceful, you will see the beauty… If you arrive here solely to grab a quick picture for Instagram, and then leave, you may wind up waiting hours and feel unfulfilled, but that would be a superficial feeling from your own emptiness. As a wonderful example, my wife and I arrived towards the very end of the day and drew the number 474 to have our time in the Gate for a picture… We waited a very pleasant 45 minutes while we had fun watching other people, hugging and taking pictures as sunset approached. How nice to even met newlyweds, and when it was our turn, we were treated to a beautiful red hue peeking out through the clouds, which was a perfect complement to the quiet, prayerful time we had had waiting and holding hands. Thank you Gates of Heaven!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 28, 2024
  • Skeete
    London, United Kingdom242 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience, Very Touristy But Exceptional Views
    This was a must do trip in Bali not just for the photo element but also for nature and exploration. Be warned the trek up is very steep and ling but it is 100% worth it. The beauty and nature is incredible. Yes you will be waiting if you want that mirror picture but I think the wait is worth it and you get to enjoy being in an incredible place. Highly recommend an early morning trip.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 14, 2024
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COLIN W
Melbourne, Australia154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I strongly recommend that if you go to see this spot you aim to get there early, our driver made that point to us and we were glad he did. Early morning is a great time to be at this spot. There is a steep hill to get up, you can spend $1 on a lift on a motorbike, but what you see when up there is well worth it. also there is a spot o get out of your car before you get to the gate which is well worth getting out and taking a few snaps.
You can feel a bit herded once you get to the top in order to file through and take your turn to have your photo taken so take your time to explore and wander around the place.
As we were staying in Legian we left our Hotel at 4am and arrived just after 6am, we spent the rest of the day looking at other attractions on our way back to our hotel.
Written February 7, 2020
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WanderingWithUsTwo
Phoenix, AZ796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We visited this temple a few days after a motorbike accident so we weren’t able to explore much. This temple is located 2.5 hours from Ubud and is near the southeast coast of Bali. We had a driver take us there along with a few other places for 700,000 IDR (49 USD) which isn’t too bad for an all day driver. When we arrived at 10AM we realized there is no parking lot here so people will park on the highway that runs through the mountain and basically turn it into a one lane highway. We highly advise taking a tour guide unless you feel very confident in your abilities in maneuvering these narrow roads. After parking we went and rented sarongs to cover ourselves since your legs and shoulders must be covered to enter. They cost 10,000 IDR (70 cents USD) each and there is no charge to enter the temple but you may leave a donation if you’d like. There are multiple temples located here although most people won’t go past the first one that’s 5 minutes from the gate where everyone takes the photo of Mount Agung. Visiting all the temples takes around 4 hours or so. We attempted making it to the next one but due to our injuries weren’t able to make it. There are hills and lots of stairs to climb (1800+) but there are places to buy snacks and water and also some motorbikes to take you up or down to some points. We enjoyed this temple but wish we could have been able to fully explore everything. We decided not to wait over 1.5 hours to take the picture everyone comes here for because sometimes it’s best to just enjoy where you are!
- @wanderingwithustwo
Written May 13, 2020
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Michael Holmes
Melbourne, Australia39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Went with Bali Made Tours leaving from Seminyak at 4am to arrive at Gates of Heaven 6am. Well worth the effort to get up early. Even arriving at 6am we had a wait of over an hour before it was our 'turn' to have photos taken by the official photographer. We were 38 in the queue (everyone takes a number) and assuming everyone takes 3 minutes you can gauge how long it takes. Arriving any later and you wait 3 to 4 hours. Extremely steep road leading up to Gates of Heaven and dogs seem to be everywhere!! You need to rent a sarong to wear at 10,000 rupiah each (or about $1), you also pay a nominal fee for entrance (maybe another 10,000) and you also tip the photographer (maybe another 10,000). We were thrilled with the multiple photos taken. You give your smart phone or camera to the photographer and they take the official photos on your equipment. Wonderful spectacular views of the active volcano Mt Agung in the background. Not to be missed!!!!
Written February 14, 2020
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divewench
Chatham, UK584 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We arrived about 3pm, and had 100 people before us. We had about a 1 hour wait for our turn, waiting in the shade of bales and watching people practice their poses, so quite entertaining. We ended up with about 10 stunning photos each, so extremely pleased.
Please note: the images shown are false perspective as there is no water in the temple, however, the photographers do an excellent job with everyones cameras/phones.
My tips: get there early as queues can be large. You are given a numbered ticket so are free to wander around until your number is called over the microphone. Bring your own sarong and selandang (belt), to to save renting. From the drop off point, the walk is about 500 metres up an extremely steep tarmaced road. Wear comfortable shoes. Take the cover off your phone in advance. Have an idea of your poses before it is your turn

Great day, long wait but well worth it.
Written September 14, 2022
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travis h
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
All the reviews are correct with the steep climb to get to the temple. They do require you to wear a sarong, but that didn’t stop the half dress teens doing stripper poses showing all the bits for likes on social media from wearing them.
We got there about 730-800 am and we were somewhere in the 60’s for line. Some people did about 10-15 photos or about 2-5 minutes then some were up doing various poses for 15 minutes.
It was fun watching the first few people act like fools but then it got old and hearing the people taking photos say “next pose,next pose, next pose” etc. got really annoying quick.
We waited about 45 minutes and maybe 10 people went through. We left without taking photos because it would have taken about 2 hours
Written September 19, 2022
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Courtney
Anchorage, AK320 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
The gate is probably the most iconic or famous scene in Bali unfortunately it’s mostly a work of fiction. The temple is overrun in tourists. They hand out numbers for people to take the photo. There is no water just clever camera work and you can wait hours for the picture.

Lots of other temples of similar level of intrigue exist.
Written November 5, 2022
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mark s
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is our experience as visitors to Bali for 40 years. This is an example of a significant cultural and religious location being used for nothing more than a photo opportunity. You get charged 45000 IDR for a short bus ride to the temple then 55000 IDR to enter the temple to be given a number for a photo opportunity. Join the 2 hour wait. That wasn’t what we were there for. No learnings about the location offered but you can take photos in a gorillas hand or a boat. It’s quite disturbing that this is what Bali has come to and found it very upsetting.
Written June 29, 2023
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maja
Warsaw, Poland12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
I visited this supposedly praised “instagrammable” location at the end of march 2023. My experience was no where near as memorable as what they are often said to be. The 2 hours of waiting just to take a few photos standing in between the iconic entrance to heaven are no less than whimsical. the area is small, no side activites are provided further leaving the customers in the sun, waiting for a few mediocre shots. Disregarding the fact that menstruating women are not allowed to enter the temple which no one seemed to mention before I ended up visiting, as well as the double payment ritual. 1 pay for bus ride up and seperate pay for entrance to the temple. If you have no precious time to spare, I absolutely reccomend.
Written March 31, 2023
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tashaaa1
London, UK384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The temple is a tourist hotspot, full of people who just want a picture. I recommend going as early as possible. We set off at 4am from nusa dua to see it as quiet as possible. It really is beautiful and the oldest temple in Bali. Must see
Written January 2, 2020
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Bob Gianna
Montreal, Canada94 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
I woke early in order to make my way to this temple. I was aware that this site is very popular as it's a popular in Instagram by the famous picture shots with mirror. Keep in mind that you get a queue number to get those famous pictures therefore the average waiting time is between 3 to 4 hours even if you get there in the morning. This temple is important worship for Balinese people and sadly the high volume of waiting tourists to get the famous pictures kind of ruins the spiritual vibe of the place. If you explore the temple you can get the exact picture shots with the mirrors down by the stairs as many tourists are unaware of that. At least there's a few places where you have a bite or a coffee while waiting and enjoying the view of aera from the mountain. In other words if you want those famous pictures taken be very patient and don't plan nothing else for your day.
Written June 17, 2023
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