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“Small, Peaceful Temple”
Review of Kehen Temple

Kehen Temple
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Private Tour: Bali Cultural Experience with Lunch
Ranked #6 of 38 things to do in Kintamani
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Chicago, IL
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“Small, Peaceful Temple”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

Pura Kehen was one of the many temples my group saw within a three day period. Out of all the places visited, this was probably the least tourist-populated. Take from that what you will but I enjoyed my short time there. For starters it's a pretty small temple and you can easily see everything in under 30-minutes. For a Hindu temple built around the 11th century and 1,000+ years old, I find its lasting power incredible. I was blown away by the talent shown with all of the stone carvings.

A few helpful hints: #1 Men and women are required to wear both a sarong and a sash, something you can borrow from a booth just across the street from the bottom of the temple stairs. I simply folded and returned my sarong and sash when I was done, but a girl in my group was asked to pay 2,000 Rupiahs. #2 There are bathroom facilities nearby, just between the vendor stalls that can be used for 2,000 Rupiahs. #3 There are a handful of vendors selling sarongs and the typical souvenir selection. Don't be afraid to negotiate your price and walk away if they won't match it. The worse thing to do is brush them off by saying you'll look at their things later. Once they spot you a second time they will hound you about your "promise" to buy something from them.

Visited May 2013
7 Thank appetite4trvl
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“Authentic and ancient Hindu Temple”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Visited this site while doing a bike tour with Bali Hai Bike Tour last month. The atmosphere is quite cool, the temple itself is very authentic with thousands years old ornaments and statues. The very huge banyan tree on the first courtyard was amazing with a sacred wooden bell hanging high in the middle of the tree. Still wondering how they climb up the tree to reach it. Worth visited with the only downside the souvenir shop's owner at the parking area who keep insisting you to buy their products. Just say: No thank you...

Visited April 2013
3 Thank Brenda W
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Pura Kehen is a great temple to visit. Because of its location,it's often not filled with the crowd like other popular temples in Bali. In our trip, there are only two of us and another couple visiting here. This is temple is great in term of architecture, it shows some outstanding stone carving works.
However, be aware of the shop sellers around, don't bother them or make sure to negotiate before you buy. They asked us to buy sarong here with Rp.50k - 100k each (in Ubud only ~Rp.20k). You can just rent the sarong from the booth with a small donation (5-10k).

Visited May 2013
4 Thank AkPham
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“Great to Visit with Almost Nobody Around”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

A small entrance fee is asked to visit. There are a few souvenir shops next to it from which I found the sellers to be a bit bothering, always asking on and on to pay a visit to their shops in spite of my numerous refusals. But no big deal here, they still stay nice to you. They also may ask you to donate for the temple on top of the entrance fee, which is up to you.
You will need to were the traditional Balinese sarong to get in. The temple is very quiet and beautiful... And when I say very quiet, I mean that at some point, I found myself to be the only one in it! Definitely worth the visit.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Fiso A
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“A Hidden Gem - Lovely Old Temple”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

This place is not as well-known as many of the others but well worth a visit if you get the chance. It is located high on a hill which commands an impressive view of the surrounding area. The temple is split across a number of levels, not too taxing to walk up – probably about 30-40 stairs nothing too bad. It is one of the oldest temples in Bali with records dating back to about the 11th Century.

There are some impressive shrines and also a huge Banyan tree that actually has a small TreeHouse way up high, I think it houses the wooden bells. Really a lovely place, and so unique being high up on the hill and having a great view of the landscape. There are also some amazing Merus – especially the 11 roofed one in the main courtyard which is dedicated to the god that protects the temple. And the other smaller Merus are for other gods for when they visit the temple.

The carvings in this temple are really quite amazing – really great detail. It is really easy to overlook some of the detail when walking around a place like this, but do take the time to look at all the shrines.

The position high up on the hill means it is quite cool, so it is a really relaxing place to stop and spend a bit of time walking around. Also being not as popular among tourists you will likely have the place mostly to yourself. In the few hours we were there we probably only saw another 2 people.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank MaverickRoss
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