Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple, Karangasem

Besakih Temple
3.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple of Bali". Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1000 metres (3000 feet)Pura Besakih is the paramount Hindu temple on Bali. Located high on the slopes of the volcano Mt. Agung, it has developed over more than a thousand years into a great complex of 22 separate temples, the largest and central being Pura Penataran Agung. The annual cycle of more than 70 rituals, which symbolically link the temples into a whole, culminates in the centenary ceremony called Ekadasa Rudra, last held in 1979. The temple complex, state-supported since the 15th century, has undergone a series of architectural and ritual changes.
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dedi sa
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Oct 2021 • Family
I experienced discomfort this week while visiting Besakih Temple... very uncomfortable... long trips were rewarded with inconvenience by forcing a sarong rental of 30 thousand per person, obliged to buy incense for 50 thousand, postcard merchants forced to buy it.. COME ON THE MANAGEMENT OF BESAKIH TEMPLE AND THE BALI GOVERNMENT IMMEDIATELY UPGRADE
Written 27 October 2021
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Lycia7
Antalya, Turkey59 contributions
Aug 2019
This is the mother temple of all temples in Bali. I booked a driver at our hotel, he drove us to Besakih Temple, on the way gave us information. Bali roads are narrow, traffic is very slow, after car ride we were persuaded to take motorbike rides to the entrance of the temple. My son and I, enjoyed going uphill on old bikes in an unusual setting. There, guides approach you. Once in the temple, the gates, flower gardens, overall surrounding area, all impressive and hence the atmosphere.
Written 20 June 2020
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zebragorda
Zihuatanejo, Mexico281 contributions
Mar 2020
Hard to compare the greatness of the Temples in this part of the world. This one is definetely worth the visit.
Written 24 April 2020
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Shreya Saha
Phitsanulok, Thailand939 contributions
Apr 2019
Besakih Temple, locally known as Pura Besakih. The temple is situated 1,000 m high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung for over 1,000 years. It is the largest and the holiest temple in all of Bali, and is the primal center for all ceremonial activities. The entrance fee is Rp 60,000 per person. It includes a sarong for rent and a guide. Our guide told us that the statues to the right of the staircase represents good and the left side of the staircase represents evil. Highly recommended by me.
Written 19 March 2020
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Tracearoo27
Columbia, CT140 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Biggest scam of Bali. “Mandated” tour guide wanted a tip on top of parking and entrance fee and scamming us into praying and forcing us to donate. Do not visit. Better temples in Bali that are FAR less expensive.
Written 10 March 2020
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DonDory
Port Orchard, WA830 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a very busy tourist spot so there will be long lines and a wait so try to get there very early. For the Gate, There is a Picture Stand in line where they hand out Numbers & this goes all day long and can take hours. All that said you have to go here. It is a climb everywhere you g, so take water and take your time. The guides seem to be on a time schedule but you can just stop and take all the pictures you want. The pub art here is wonderful.
Written 2 March 2020
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Alan R
Sydney, Australia28 contributions
Feb 2020
The ticket price includes the entrance fee, a motor scooter ride up the to the temple itself and a guide. We have our own sarong (essential kit if you want to visit several temples in Bali and show respect for local culture). At the entrance you will probably be surrounded by offers to buy offerings to make on your visit. We happily bartered a price and headed off with our guide. What an interesting and informative visit we had. Our guide explained the myriad stories of Hindu gods, spirits, rituals, legends and the significance of various architectural styles. He guided us through the ritual offering. Sure, he asked us for a tip, one which we were very happy to give, considering the value he had added to our experience of the temple complex. Many people here have complained about the so-called 'greed' of the local people. Please people, give it up. Take a chill pill and relax. These people earn their mega living this way. Smile, be polite, respect the customs and you too will have a wonderful experience at this the "mother temple' of Bali.
Written 2 March 2020
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Sophie Shepherd
91 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This is such a beautiful temple. It’s really big, and there’s such a peaceful atmosphere to walking around. We were there during a ceremony, which was so special to see too.

It’s a ton of walking, but it’s so beautiful. Be careful of all the tourist traps. People try to insist you need a guide here — you don’t. Some guy tried to trick us by insisting he was a “guardian of the temple” not a guide and wanted payment. You don’t need it. Enjoy the beauty of this temple, stay covered, and drink water.
Written 28 February 2020
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC625 contributions
Oct 2019
The temple itself is situated at the base of Mount Agung,an active volcano, and right at the edge of the exclusion zone as the volcano continues to erupt and has done so the last few years. Be mindful of current warnings as if there is an eruption there's essentially one road in/out and it's along the saddle of a caldera rim in the woods separating Agung from another volcano. Gorgeous views when it's clear, but to enjoy these it's best to come in the early morning or just before dusk when the clouds clear as the volcano tends to have cloud cover for much of the day-much of the year.

You do NOT need to purchase a sarong on your way in. A rented sarong is included in the price of admission, but locals will try to scam you as you walk towards the temple insisting you must buy one. None of this is true, so just keep walking and save your money. Our own cab driver, from Ubud, stated his apologies and was ashamed how the locals here acted. The temple itself has many off-limits areas, so there's not alot for you to see unless the sky is clear. If it is, you'll be treated to a very up close view of massive Mt Agung. It's about a 2-2.5 hour drive here from Ubud.
Written 18 February 2020
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Opalambra
Chicago, IL8 contributions
Jan 2020
This is one of the iconic temples in Bali! It's a lot of stairs and very beautiful. I would say it's a MUST SEE!
Written 11 February 2020
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