Pasar Agung Temple

Pasar Agung Temple, Karangasem

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Julian
Singapore, Singapore1,051 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
Pura Pasar Agung is one of the 9 "directional temples" of Bali. That is, temples that are especially important to protect the well-being of the Balinese people. They are special because of thier locations (North, South, East, West and upwards), and in the case of Pura Pasar Agung, because it is very high up the south side of Mount Agung. Later, I will list the other 8 directional temples for people who are interested.

The temple is easily reached by road, although the road is long (about 9km from the main road at Selat village) and pretty steep at times (dont try to cycle up there unless you are super fit!).

This temple, being somewhat remote, is most often visited by climbers wishing to ascend Mount Agung, it being one of two commonly used starting points (the other being Pura Besakih). In fact, the only other two couples were saw there were for that reason: one couple making a daytime ascent (unguided), the other couple checking out the availibility of guides for the night time ascent and dawn summit. For interested climbers, were were told that there were guides available at the car park, at 2:00am, for the night time ascent. They did not need to be booked in advance. The prices they quoted for guides depended on the number of climbers (eg IDR450,000 for one PAX, IDR 750,000 for 3 PAX). That is very expensive by Indonesian standards, but like many of such activities in Indonesia, it is run by a local "cartel" so it's pay what they ask or go up alone. I would not recommend trying a night time ascent unguided.

However, we were not there to climb Mount Agung, but to see the temple. There were no official temple or government people there at the time we visited. But there were some "unofficial guides" to provide sarong (mandatory) and show you around (same local cartel I suspect, charged IDR 50,000 which is much more than any official charge, but not too outrageous).

The temple itself is not as impressive as some of the other directional temples, but being at 1600metres (5250 feet) it does offer some stunning views over Bali and of Mount Agung (weather permitting of course). There are official ceremonies held at this temple regularly (monthly?), I suspect if you visit at those times you would not be allowed to enter the temple.

I would not recommend going out of your way to see this temple. Whilst it is only 5km from Pura Besakih by the crow, the road distance from one to the other is very much more than that! Probably of most interest to people wishing to climb Mount Agung, using this temple as the start point.

The other 8 "directional temples" in Bali are as follows: Pura Besakih (the mother temple), Pura Ulu Danu Batur, Pura Ulu Danu Bratan, Pura Luhur Batukaru, Pura Uluwatu, Pura Masceti (not the one in Seminyak/Jln Petitenget, rather the one at Masceti Beach south of Gianyar), Pura Goa Lawah and Pura Luhur Lempuyang.
Written November 30, 2015
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Coroliv7
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Aug 2019 • Couples
This was an incredible spot. Not sure if it was a quiet day because of the low clouds but we arrived late morning and there was only two other tourists up there. We paid for a ticket (50,000RP each) just before we got to the carpark. They were two local mountain guides who now rotate with the other guides at this point, since the Agung treks have been closed since the 2017 eruption. The price included sarongs. When we arrived we were in awe with the peacefulness of the place and eventually the local temple caretaker came down to invite us in. He had limited English but was kind and asked for a donation to enter through the temple doors. 20,000RP was fine. He got some of the ceremony instruments out and allowed us to play which was such a laugh. We spent a couple of hours up there, soaking in the peace and on the way back down the ticket boys gave us some snacks as they said we had been there awhile and the drive back to Jasri was a big drive. One of the boys shared his story of becoming a refugee since the earthquake and how this new set up (paying to visit the temple) is organized by the government to keep the local tourism community going since the mountain treks have been closed.
Written August 20, 2019
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Dave12103
Poole, UK30 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
A very interesting temple to visit.
You need to be reasonably fit as there is a lot of walking and some steady uphill inclines.
But when you get to the top it is well worth the effort to get there.
The plus point is what goes up must come down, a steady walk down gives you the opportunity to take in the scenery.
Entry fee is 60,000 IRp.
Written June 13, 2018
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SBF2
Houston, TX879 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
An excellent place to get an appreciation for the culture and religion of Bali. Can be a bit busy at times but a very nice place to appreciate Balinese culture.
Written March 26, 2016
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pmcdsl
Ottawa, Canada27 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
This is a very beautiful temple with amazing balinese architecture. Take your time to explore all areas of the temple.
Written January 7, 2016
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CKBliss
Rockingham, Australia212 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Also known as Heavens Gate, this place is very popular. It’s good to see, however, if you have any idea of having a meaningful photo taken at the famous gate, think again. You will be waiting in line, potentially with at least a hundred others, to be allowed a few seconds at the gate and three poses. That being said, it’s very pretty, and you can get other good photos from around the gate. Go round the other side for example. You won’t have the same backdrop, but you will be waiting hours as opposed to minutes. Be prepared for lots of walking, and either take a sarong or hire one. Legs and shoulders must be covered.
Written June 5, 2019
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tinytran
London, UK35 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We had to pay 50,000 per person for a ticket and guide. It was very cloudy and windy, and we had to climb 365 steps, it was a beautiful temple but it was eerily quiet but we decided to visit this temple as opposed to seeing Besakih temple as we heard that tourists get harassed a lot by the locals trying to sell stuff. We thought it was pretty but not worth the journey but perhaps if it was sunny, we would have appreciated the views.
Written February 15, 2019
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Heike M
1 contribution
Aug 2018 • Couples
We had a wonderful view after climbing 365 steps. But the temple is closed since the eruption of mount agun in September 2017. You can see the flow of a lavar and that there was a big fire. The temple is in good shape. You can walk around and enjoy the view outside in.
But:
At the parking there was a guide who wanted 100.000 rupiah for entrance and guiding. He spoke very basic English.
Written August 14, 2018
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Neil T
81 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
It's hard to say whether this place would still have such an effect if it was merely one stop on the way up Mount Agung, but since it's the highest reachable point at present and since the views are very impressive it's automatically onto a good thing. More than that however there is a real sense of peace, serenity and beauty to this place, a wonderful calmness that seems to exude from the temple and the mountain itself. The people you'll meet are also extremely friendly, welcoming and kind, and there's none of the common Bali sense of being a financial target and nothing more - they genuinely seem happy and grateful to see you, want to ask about you with genuine curiosity, and are happy to share their knowledge and photo-taking skills for their own sake. A pleasing and enjoyable experience all-round.
Written May 10, 2018
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fendi23lbj
Bali, Indonesia62 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Me and my wife was driven here by our kind hearted driver. He said that this is the highest temple in Bali (Because I thought that Besakih was the highest but he said about this temple, so we're directly went there from Ulun Danu). So we arrived there, because my driver actually lives around karangasem then we were spared, no need to pay anything (other than parking fee of course) and no need to use sarong. We arrived there in a clear evening. The view was majestic! You can see the top of Mt. Agung clearly from here. And it looks very close! Then when you look behind, you'll see the temple arch is above the clouds!! It seems like you're on flying balinese temple or something.

This definately one of my favourite pura spot in Bali. I'm planning to go there again this early May. I will see you again soon flying temple!!
Written April 19, 2018
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