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Taman Ayun temple in 360°
The name of Pura Taman Ayun means "Garden Temple in the Water". It belongs to one of the six royal temples on Bali, thus it is one of the most important temples on the island. The imposing complex stands on an island in a river and consists of two courts and a walled inner temple that is
closed to non-Hindus.
1. What to see
The temple was founded by Gusti Agung Anom, king of Mengwi in 1634 when he moved his palace from Balahayu to Mengwi.
It’s present form is however much younger, significant enlargement works were performed on the temple in 1937. The gates, split gates and walls were renovated in 1949, and new a pavillion (bale bengong) was added. In 1972, the roofs were replaced, and in 1976 a new bell-tower (bale kulkul) was added.
There are are no fewer than 27 buildings of varying size and function inside the inner temple. There is a row of pavilions for musicians, dancers and priests. The different merus are dedicated to the gods who dwell on Gunung Agung and Gunung Batur. For example the huge eleven-tiered meru is dedicated to the rice goddess Dewi Sri.
2. When to see
Pura Taman Ayun is open daily 8am-6pm except on Nyepi day. Alike in all Hindu temples in Bali, a compulsory sarong can be hired at the entrance to enter the temple.
4. How to get there
Most tourists visit Bali on a package tour that includes an option to select from a range of excursions. If travelling on your own, probably the easiest way is to rent a car with a driver for an entire day. It is not recommended to drive on your own in Indonesia due to the general negligance of driving rules. Singposts are written with Latin alphabet, but it might be difficult to find remote places on your own.
5. Where to stay
There are plenty of hotels to stay in Bali, the best beaches can be found at Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dusa. If you prefer sightseeing, Sanur area is highly recommended since it has the best location to avoid the traffic jams of Denpasar.