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Address: Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Indonesia
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother...

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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The unfriendliest place in Bali (along with the arrivals at the airport)

We were excited to visit this temple as it is the biggest temple complex in Bali. The temple itself is beautiful, although the weather was cloudy/rainy and we couldn't see the sea... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is reputed to be the first and biggest and most important Hindu temple in Bali. It's quite definitely the grandest temple and it is large as it is a complex of temples and they all have views to die for. It's said to be about 1000m high and is located on the southwestern slopes of Gunung Agung. It is... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had been told the "Mother Temple" would be a sight to see. As it is remote it is not often visited by tourists but it is the holiest place in Bali. Staying in Nusa Dua it took two hours to reach the complex. The long trip calls for a break and many many toilet facilities around the parking lot... More 

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Camperdown, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Again we can only agree with all the negative comments already posted. We had been to the Goa Lawh Temple, where we paid a set entrance fee and hired a sarong - full cost Rp16,000 or just a little over 16 australian dollars. We stayed for the prayers and everyone was very respectful in the temple with the selling of... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I attended this Temple with my partner, her daughter and her daughters friend. After travelling to Bali several time before and due to the recent death of my mother, I wanted to visit a temple. The "scam" commenced even before getting to the temple. We stopped at a look out area (which is beautiful by the way) we were set... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Can only agree with all the comments made. They want to rip you off and is the most intimidating manner. Official entry 15,000 IDR per head plus 5000 IDR parking. Then around the parking lot are toilets everywhere. What looks like a public place turns out to be you need to pay 10,000 IDR per head for your business. We... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful temple and very originial and authentic. Tourists are much welcome but this temple is an important part of Hindus' life in Bali. Have a look there, worth it.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were excited to visit this temple as it is the biggest temple complex in Bali. The temple itself is beautiful, although the weather was cloudy/rainy and we couldn't see the sea or mount Agung. The big problem with Pura Besakih is the people. Balinese people are super friendly, but here they just want to cheat you in order to... More 

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Strengelbach, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Besakih temple site is certainly one of the more beautiful religious locations in Bali. However and our driver/guide had warned us in advance there were very unpleasant signs that travelers are beeing ripped of by the local people assigned to operate the admission process. Here is the story as we experienced it on Oct. 14, 2016: At the ticket... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a good place with a beautiful temple. But the people always ask you money. We were going there at 4.30 pm. They ask us 15k/person for entry and ask guide fee 200k for 2 persons and then we deal on 50k! Then people an entrance gate will give you a flower(don't take it!) They will ask u 10k/flower!... More 

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Italy, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was true what the other travelers told about this temple. we went there on the way to east Bali (Amed). first we had to pay entrance fee down far before the local guide flocked. They said it is a kind of donation but they pushed to pay certain amount of money. if you don't want to argue a lot... More 

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