Pura Tirta Empul Temple – Water Temple In Ubud, Bali
Tirta Empul Temple is a famous temple and religious spring in Bali where people go to do Hindu purification/bathing rituals.
Aside from having some great Instagram photo spots, it’s also been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some unique cultural sights and history dating back to 960 AD.
Tirta Empul is just one of the many interesting attractions in the Ubud/Tegalalang area. This guide will explain how you can get there, and everything you need to know before you go!
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Pura Tirta Empul Temple
Tirta Empul Temple is an ancient temple complex built on top of a crystal clear natural spring.
A few areas are closed off to tourists, but for the most part you can wander everything freely and there’s a lot of neat details to look at.
The traditional Balinese doorways and statues make for great photo spots, along with a koi pond and huge banyan tree.
I would plan to spend up to 1 hour looking around the place, or longer if you want to bathe in the pool.
The Holy Spring
The main tourist attraction at Tirta Empul is the holy spring water where people (locals and foreigners alike) do purification bathing rituals according to Hindu customs.
There are two big pools with fountains of fresh water, and Balinese Hindus consider the springs to be holy, while a lot of spiritual tourists from around the world come here to bathe in them too.
You have to rent a special sarong for a small fee if you want to get in on the bathing ritual.
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.
When To Visit
Tirta Empul is one of the busiest temples in Bali. It gets hectic with tourists by noon.
The best time to visit is early in the morning before the bus tours and crowds arrive.
Hours & Fees
- Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM
- Entrance Fee: 50k IDR (~$3)
- Bathing: 15k IDR
- Parking: Free
- Sarong: Free
How To Get There
Tirta Empul is located near the Tegalalang area of central Bali, in Indonesia.
From the Ubud town center, it’s just a 30 minute drive north.
Two other great places to visit nearby are the Tegalalang Rice Terraces and Gunung Kawi archaeological site.
When you exit the temple, you’ll have to walk through a maze of shops selling souvenirs and handmade items. It’s a bit annoying unless you’re planning to buy something.
The sellers at this market are some of the rudest and pushiest I’ve ever seen in Bali, but I will say the quality of some of the items (carvings, paintings, etc) is really amazing.
We’ve picked up some fantastic pieces here!
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