Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple, Karangasem

Besakih Temple
3.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
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7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
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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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC662 contributions
Oct 2019
The temple itself is situated at the base of Mount Agung,an active volcano, and right at the edge of the exclusion zone as the volcano continues to erupt and has done so the last few years. Be mindful of current warnings as if there is an eruption there's essentially one road in/out and it's along the saddle of a caldera rim in the woods separating Agung from another volcano. Gorgeous views when it's clear, but to enjoy these it's best to come in the early morning or just before dusk when the clouds clear as the volcano tends to have cloud cover for much of the day-much of the year.

You do NOT need to purchase a sarong on your way in. A rented sarong is included in the price of admission, but locals will try to scam you as you walk towards the temple insisting you must buy one. None of this is true, so just keep walking and save your money. Our own cab driver, from Ubud, stated his apologies and was ashamed how the locals here acted. The temple itself has many off-limits areas, so there's not alot for you to see unless the sky is clear. If it is, you'll be treated to a very up close view of massive Mt Agung. It's about a 2-2.5 hour drive here from Ubud.
Written February 18, 2020
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Wrdnzr
84 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
The temple is good. They are so big but you can't come inside it. The scenery also so beautiful. But please watch out of the seller. Once you come, they will go rush to you and gave you flowers, never accept that. They will charge you for the flowers. Also the offering for praying (you could buy it if you do praying tou). But never accept everything that offeres to you there, you need to pay for all of that and it won't be cheap (depending on if you bargains or not)
Written May 15, 2022
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sleepy155
Hollywood, FL236 contributions
Jan 2020
The temple is on the southern slopes of Mount Agung, the principal volcano of Bali. When you arrive there will be many people around. After you buy the ticket, ($60,000 Rupiah each; which includes entrance, a sarong, and one way trip up the hill to the entrance gate by scooter), you will be approached by a pushy person who wants to be your guide. We let in go and then realized we should have just said no and walked around by ourselves. After the "tour" he asked for a tip. I gave him some money and he asked for more at which time we said thank you and have a nice day. The temple was beautiful and worth the visit. On a clear day you will be able to see the volcano as the back drop to this temple. Try not to go on a Saturday because there will be many people visiting to pray.
Written January 27, 2020
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Alan R
Sydney, Australia29 contributions
Feb 2020
The ticket price includes the entrance fee, a motor scooter ride up the to the temple itself and a guide. We have our own sarong (essential kit if you want to visit several temples in Bali and show respect for local culture). At the entrance you will probably be surrounded by offers to buy offerings to make on your visit. We happily bartered a price and headed off with our guide. What an interesting and informative visit we had. Our guide explained the myriad stories of Hindu gods, spirits, rituals, legends and the significance of various architectural styles. He guided us through the ritual offering. Sure, he asked us for a tip, one which we were very happy to give, considering the value he had added to our experience of the temple complex. Many people here have complained about the so-called 'greed' of the local people. Please people, give it up. Take a chill pill and relax. These people earn their mega living this way. Smile, be polite, respect the customs and you too will have a wonderful experience at this the "mother temple' of Bali.
Written March 2, 2020
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Robert Pierre S
San Diego, CA99 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
As soon as I arrived at this mother temple . The dollars sign was on my forehead . As I just arrived to park my scooter , a bunch of women surrounded me to rent a sarong for 30,000 roupias them a bandana because I am bald I was told (?) 30,000 then 30,000 roupies for offrandes( I was told I cannot enter the temple without offrandes then I found out that was not true ) then arrived at the entrance I had to pay 60,000 roupias ….total; 150,000 roupias total for sarong bandanna offrande and entrance !!! $10!!
Then I had a guide following me and harassing me to hire him as a guide because I had to have a guide to visit the temple . Cost 200,000 with tips. I got sick of it .. along the visit I got harassed by a bunch of people to buy water ,food , mask, coconut, or just pee !!
I left within 30 mns as I could not take it anymore I got warned by my friends not to go but I did not listen
To avoid that tourist trap at any cost .!!! Horrible place !
Written April 28, 2022
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Shreya Saha
Phitsanulok, Thailand939 contributions
Apr 2019
Besakih Temple, locally known as Pura Besakih. The temple is situated 1,000 m high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung for over 1,000 years. It is the largest and the holiest temple in all of Bali, and is the primal center for all ceremonial activities. The entrance fee is Rp 60,000 per person. It includes a sarong for rent and a guide. Our guide told us that the statues to the right of the staircase represents good and the left side of the staircase represents evil. Highly recommended by me.
Written March 19, 2020
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Tracearoo27
Columbia, CT140 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Biggest scam of Bali. “Mandated” tour guide wanted a tip on top of parking and entrance fee and scamming us into praying and forcing us to donate. Do not visit. Better temples in Bali that are FAR less expensive.
Written March 10, 2020
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Rudranil
Visakhapatnam, India17 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
I had heard of a lot of harassment faced by tourists by the locals of this area. However, things are not the same anymore. The ticket price now includes a guide and therefore, no one harassed us for money.

The guide was a good person who took us around the temple, however, he could not say much about the place.

This temple is easily the biggest temple complex in Bali. There are temples dedicated to brahma, vishnu and Shiva and they are built on the steps of the Mount Agung.

In fact, Mount Agung is just on the backdrop of the temple, way higher though. We could not see Agung tip due to cloud and smoke.

It will take you a lot of steps to reach the topmost temple of Vishnu. But the sight of the temple and Besakih village from the top is unforgettable. You see numerous pagodas amidst the green of the village, while behind the temple, Mount Agung stands tall showing its might. The temple premises are extremely clean.

Also, like I said, it is no more a place where tourists will have any difficulty. Please visit and enjoy the place.
Written January 17, 2020
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Sophie Shepherd
91 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This is such a beautiful temple. It’s really big, and there’s such a peaceful atmosphere to walking around. We were there during a ceremony, which was so special to see too.

It’s a ton of walking, but it’s so beautiful. Be careful of all the tourist traps. People try to insist you need a guide here — you don’t. Some guy tried to trick us by insisting he was a “guardian of the temple” not a guide and wanted payment. You don’t need it. Enjoy the beauty of this temple, stay covered, and drink water.
Written February 28, 2020
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DonDory
Port Orchard, WA834 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a very busy tourist spot so there will be long lines and a wait so try to get there very early. For the Gate, There is a Picture Stand in line where they hand out Numbers & this goes all day long and can take hours. All that said you have to go here. It is a climb everywhere you g, so take water and take your time. The guides seem to be on a time schedule but you can just stop and take all the pictures you want. The pub art here is wonderful.
Written March 2, 2020
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