Ubud Temple Guide – 15 Best Temples In Ubud, Bali
Ubud is Bali’s cultural center, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that a lot of the island’s best temples are in this area.
Some of these are fairly recent creations — built within the last 100 years — while others are more than 1,000 years old. They’re very worth a visit if you’re interested in seeing different cultures and history, not to mention bringing home some unique photos from your trip!
Here’s my complete Ubud temple guide, with a list of 15 of the best temples in Ubud and the surrounding areas!
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What To Wear To Temples In Bali
You’ll need to wear a sarong to enter most of these temples in Bali.
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).
Or, if you plan to visit a lot of temples in Bali, it may be worthwhile to shell out for a sarong of your own to keep. They’re very cheap!
Best Temples In Ubud, Bali
1. Saraswati Temple
The Saraswati water temple is in central Ubud and it has some of the coolest wall patterns and carvings you’ll see in Bali. The doors are insanely detailed and elaborate. Flowers, dragons, demon figures, and more.
More info: Saraswati Temple
2. Pura Dalem Temple
This is another temple in central Ubud and it’s known for having some of the most bizarre and intricate statues of any of the Bali temples. Creepy demon goddesses, lions, and other creatures stare back at you here.
3. Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest
The Instagram famous Ubud Monkey Forest is mostly known for the wild monkeys living there, but it also has some old temples and dragon statues in the jungle that are worth checking out. The whole place has an Indiana Jones-y feel to it.
More info: Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest
4. Puri Saren Agung
Also known as the Ubud Royal Palace, this one was built in the 1800s and it’s easily the most well known temple in Ubud, partly because it’s located directly in the town center. This is one of the easiest temples to visit in Bali.
More info: Ubud Royal Palace
5. Goa Gajah Temple
This is one of the oldest temples I’ve visited in Ubud, and also one of the weirdest. The doorway to the cave is really bizarre and unique, and it feels like you’re walking into the belly of some underground rock monster.
More info: Goa Gajah Temple
6. Samuan Tiga Temple
This is a big temple from the 10th century between Ubud and Gianyar, just 800 yards from the Goa Gajah temple or a 10 minute drive from central Ubud. This temple is unusually quiet and only a few tourists seem to know about it, but it’s popular for Hindu ceremonies.
More Temples Near Ubud
The following temples are not located in Ubud proper, but they’re on the outskirts so you can still visit them easily!
7. Goa Garba Ruins
This is an ancient cave temple and 12th century archaeological site in Pejeng village.
Goa Garba was a school and place of study for the Balinese kings and their children. Today, it’s a peaceful hidden spot in the jungle where you can see some ruins and escape the tourist crowds.
More info: Goa Garba
8. Gunung Kawi Ruins
In my opinion, this is one of the most unique and interesting temples in Bali. Gunung Kawi is actually an underground temple carved into the side of a cliff. It’s an 11th century temple, and the age of everything here is obvious when you look at it.
More info: Gunung Kawi Temple
9. Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple
The name and location of this temple is very close to Gunung Kawi, but this one is not near as famous. This is a water temple with a nice jungle setting.
10. Tirta Empul Temple
This is one of the most well known temples near Ubud, partly because of the Hindu holy spring where visitors (including tourists) are allowed to bathe and pray, if that’s your thing.
More info: Tirta Empul Temple
11. Sangeh Monkey Forest
In the center of the Sangeh Monkey Forest is a 17th century temple called Pura Bukit Sari, along with several smaller temples scattered throughout the jungle nearby. As an added bonus, you get to hang out with…… more monkeys!
More info: Sangeh Monkey Forest
12. Batuan Temple
This is an ancient 10th century temple located in Batuan village, halfway between Ubud and Sanur. The whole temple grounds are open to tourists, and a lot of the buildings and carvings are different from what you normally see at other Balinese temples.
13. Abiansemal Temple
I know nothing about this temple except that it looks very old and exotic. There’s foliage growing out of the stone roof top. This temple is easy to stop and visit while en route to the Sangeh Monkey Forest.
14. Taman Ayun Temple
I think this is one of the best temples in Bali — very photogenic, but away from the major tourist areas so it doesn’t get too crowded. Taman Ayun is pretty close to Abiansemal and the Sangeh Monkey Forest.
More info: Taman Ayun Temple
15. Pura Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton
Alas Kedaton is a small jungle that doubles as a wild bat and monkey sanctuary. The fruit bats may look scary, but they’re actually pretty friendly. In the middle of the jungle is a group of temples you can visit too.
More info: Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest
More Bali Temple Tips
I hope this Ubud temple guide was helpful for planning your own trip.
Don’t forget to check out my full Bali Temple Guide for more info on the island’s best temples!
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