The Pura Taman Ayun Temple is a water temple built in 1634 in Bali’s western village of Mengwi.
This temple is UNESCO recognized for its culture and history, and I think it’s one of the best temples in Bali — very photogenic, but away from the major tourist areas so it doesn’t get too crowded.
Add this 17th century landmark to your West Bali to-do list! This travel guide will explain how to get there, and everything you need to know before you go!
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Taman Ayun Temple
Taman Ayun Temple is one of the most underrated and photogenic temples in Bali, with a row of pagodas up to 11 stories tall and a big orange gate that looks like it came from India.
Technically you can’t go inside the main temple area, which is locked and surrounded by a canal, but it’s set up kind of like a gallery so you can look inside and take pictures from over the wall.
We even saw a big monitor lizard swimming around in the main moat outside the temple.
I’d plan to spend about 30-60 minutes here, depending on how much of a photo/culture buff you are. Enjoy!
Hours & Fees
- Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:15 PM
- Entrance Fee: 30k IDR (~$2)
What To Wear To Temples In Bali
You’ll need to wear a sarong to enter most temples in Bali, including this one.
A sarong is a traditional skirt you tie around your waist, that can usually be rented on the spot for a small fee like 5,000 Rupiah (less than a dollar).
In this case, the sarong is included for free in the ticket price for the temple.
How To Get There
The Pura Taman Ayun Temple is located in Mengwi village in Bali, Indonesia.
It’s just a 30-45 minute drive from the popular Ubud and Canggu areas.
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