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Temples in Ubud – Sacred Sites in Bali

The town of Ubud in Bali is an area rich in natural beauty and traditional culture. Gain a fascinating insight into this heritage when you visit these temples in and around Ubud.


Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal

Located amidst the enchanting landscapes of what is known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, the Pura Dalem Agung is amongst three main temples in this forest area. Also referred to as the "Padangtegal Great Temple of Death", this Hindu temple dates back to the 14th century. Featuring ornate stone carvings and statues depicting intriguing mythical beings, this well-known sacred site is dedicated to the Goddess of Death, Durga. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and this temple can be reached while staying at a luxury resort in the heart of Ubud and are well worth visiting.


Goa Gajah

Referred to as the Elephant Cave, Goa Gajah is both a historical and sacred site that can be found near Bedulu Village. This ancient cave is about 6 km from Ubud and within easy reach of accommodation options like COMO Uma Ubud. The origins of Goa Gajah dates back to the 11th century and it was initially constructed as a site for meditation. Visitors will find carvings on the walls of rock, a special cave that was used for mediation and age-old fountains and pools for bathing.


Saraswati Temple

A sacred temple frequented by Hindu devotees, the Saraswati Temple was built in honour of the Goddess of knowledge and wisdom. Featuring traditional Balinese architecture including ornate statues and intricate bas reliefs on sandstone, this ancient temple is set amidst a magical backdrop consisting of a distinctive pond filled with lotus flowers. The temple also features an open air stage where one can witness traditional dances every evening.


Tirta Empul Temple

Situated in Manukaya village which is within easy reach of Ubud, the Tirta Empul Temple is a national cultural heritage site that is well worth visiting. Dating back to 960 AD during the Warmadewa Dynasty, this sacred site is known for its holy water spring that can be found within the temple complex. The waters of this spring run to pools and purification baths that all connect to the Tukad Pakerisan River. One can see devotees engaged in a purification ritual here as they enter a special bath area and stand in prayer under the flowing waters of one of 13 spouts.


Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple

Seta amidst lush forest landscapes, this secluded temple is a short car ride away (roughly around 20 minutes) from Ubud. Constructed in honour of God Vishnu, this Hindu temple offers a truly enchanting escape and features shrines carved in rock and picturesque pools that draw water from natural springs. The temple also has two sections that are used for bathing by pilgrims and devotees. Among the highlights one can find here include the Taman Suci shrine, the main temple area, an impressive pool where one can see golden carp and a Wantilan hall from which visitors can actually feed the fish.

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