My First Visit To Pura Taman Ayun

Posted by : foongpc | Saturday, April 24, 2010 | Published in

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After tasting my first Nasi Padang lunch at Natrabu in Sanur, we proceeded to Pura Taman Ayun.

Located near the village of Mengwi about 8km southwest of Ubud and 18km northwest of Denpasar, Taman Ayun is actually made up of temples in the middle of a beautiful park.

This view greeted us when we reached there.

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The place was surrounded by a broad river (or canal) which you see in the photo above and could only be entered from this gate-like structure.

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One of the stone-carved statue near the entrance.

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If I am not mistaken, the entrance fee was 10,000 rupiah (RM3.70).

Once we got past the gate and paid for our tickets, we walked along a straight paved footpath and came across this unique looking fountain.


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The fountain, which was located in the middle of a small square pond, has 9 water jets. When I took this photo, the water was shooting out of the four main cardinal directions.

The other 4 water jets are located at the 4 sub-cardinal points and the remaining ninth is at the centre, possibly symbolizing the nine main gods of Balinese Hinduism.

As we walked further in, I saw this gazebo-like structure and took a photo of it.

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Yes, it's the same structure you saw on the right side of the first photo above.

Not far from here, I came across another structure.

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I enjoyed looking at all those intricate carvings! Quickly took another photo from a different angle.

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I thought the paved footpath looked beautiful as we left that structure far behind us!

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There were not many tourists around and we felt good having the whole park to ourselves! Haha!

Taman Ayun literally means "Beautiful Garden" and walking here, I could not agree to it more!

We soon reached the entrance gate to the main temple courtyard.

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We took a lot of photos of ourselves here but of course none of them would appear on this blog. LOL!

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Visitors are not allowed access to this holy temple courtyard which was walled all around. It is only opened during important religious ceremonies.

Can you see the figurines or statues at the side of this tall gate?

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As we were not allowed access to the temple courtyard, we could only walk outside its wall.

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I love walking along this pathway! I could spend a long time here if I wanted!

From the photo below, the temple courtyard was on the right side bordered by a wall almost as tall as me. Do you see that tall pagoda-like structure unique to Bali in the distance?

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That's the layered tower found in many places in Bali! It's actually a multi-roofed shrine called meru.

I quickened my pace as I was excited to see this meru up close!!

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And then I reached this spot and I just stopped there as I was in awe!

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There were lots of merus here! Finally I got to see them with my own eyes instead of pictures in travel brochures or books!

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Can you count how many tiered roofs were on these beautiful merus?

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Looking at these amazing structures made me keen to find out the history behind them.

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I learnt that Pura Taman Ayun was originally built in 1634 by the King of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu. Temples were built to honour deified ancestors of the Raja Dynasty of Mengwi and other important gods.

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The Mengwi Kings used Taman Ayun as burial grounds, and later merus were built on top of their graves and became temples.

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I counted the number of tiered roofs and found some merus had only five or seven tiered roofs, whereas the taller ones had nine or eleven!

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After spending about an hour at the park, we left.

I was thirsty and as soon as we exited the park, I quickly bought a coconut drink from a stall across the road. Look! The coconut was huge!! I had a hard time finishing it all by myself!

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What an interesting afternoon at Pura Taman Ayun! Before we left, I took one last shot of the beautiful view that first greeted us when we arrived earlier.

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Coming up next : Why I Must Visit Tanah Lot A Second Time!!

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(69) Comments

  1. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    OMG! D STONE CARVED VERY NICE!!!

    April 24, 2010 at 9:00 AM
  2. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    the whole place is really nice. :) kind of peaceful place. :)

    April 24, 2010 at 9:05 AM
  3. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    ok am the FC here??? hahahaha enjoy ur weekend! :D

    April 24, 2010 at 9:07 AM
  4. Bananazക said...

    Wowie caught me by surprised a new post a day after did not expect a new post this morning. Oh the merus on top of the burial ground. Is it out of bound not supposed to go in or near any of them. No 'showroom' kind of display for tourist?

    April 24, 2010 at 9:36 AM
  5. Bananazക said...

    Oh gosh! Sorry was trying out what the heck it that round water container. First glance thought was a toilet bowl or a bucket of water to wash legs before entering temples. Mighty HUGE c-o-c-o-n-u-t safely say bigger than the size of basketball?

    April 24, 2010 at 9:39 AM
  6. Bananazക said...

    Lovely place with all those nice structures and intricate carvings. Awesome! Love the virtual tour thankz for sharing. tQ

    April 24, 2010 at 9:43 AM
  7. Merryn said...

    Shake head at Caroline.. with her existence.. no one else can get FC!

    April 24, 2010 at 10:57 AM
  8. Merryn said...

    The water fountain is nice... the whole place is nice.. so that thing is called meru? NOW i know..

    April 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM
  9. Cloudia said...

    Fabulous!

    Merus are like pagodas...




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    April 24, 2010 at 11:05 AM
  10. CheaHS@n said...

    We also have "Meru" in Klang haha..learn something new today.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:12 AM
  11. CheaHS@n said...

    Nice fountain. Guess number 9 is also a very popular spiritual number in Hinduism. Thanks for sharing. Great place to visit.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:17 AM
  12. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    @Merryn: ROFLMAO! im lucky ny ma just now. open my blogger and saw his update, then click lor, but i read 1st one lar, lol. :p no i mean i read halfway n commented n back to the story again. next time i chop for u lar if im lucky again. hahaha!

    April 24, 2010 at 12:48 PM
  13. Bananazക said...

    [Merryn] tambah minyak gambate..yes believe you can!!! Eh [Caroline] can 'chop' on behalf one kah? hahaha.

    April 24, 2010 at 1:33 PM
  14. Tekkaus said...

    So this taman ayun is a temple lar? :D From the first picture it really looks like a chinese temple with Islamic influence. :D

    April 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM
  15. Tekkaus said...

    Yeah...this gate-like structure is so damn unique. :D Like a gateway to somewhere mysterious. :D

    April 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM
  16. Tekkaus said...

    Entrance fee only cost around Rm4? Super cheap. :D

    April 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM
  17. Tekkaus said...

    Hmmm...symbolizing 9 main gods of Balinese Hinduism? :p Wow...you really did your homework huh!

    April 24, 2010 at 3:55 PM
  18. Tekkaus said...

    So you can only enter the courtyard when they are holding a religious ceremony which will be when....? :p

    April 24, 2010 at 3:56 PM
  19. Tekkaus said...

    Those were called merus? :p Amazing...they are so gorgeous. I wanna be there too.

    April 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM
  20. Tekkaus said...

    There are 11 tiers right? :D Ouh....they are even a lotus river beside those merus structure?

    April 24, 2010 at 3:58 PM
  21. fufu said...

    yeah nice merus!! i wanna go back to bali again!!

    April 24, 2010 at 4:51 PM
  22. bluedreamer27 said...

    wow look so historic foong!

    April 24, 2010 at 5:24 PM
  23. bluedreamer27 said...

    how are you now foong?

    April 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM
  24. bluedreamer27 said...

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    April 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM
  25. bluedreamer27 said...

    have a great day and Happy blogging

    April 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM
  26. Bananazക said...

    Hi Foong thankz for the authentic art piece from Daxu, Guilin. Sorry almost forgotten to post about it until today. Truly appreciate your kind generosity very much. tQ



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    April 24, 2010 at 6:44 PM
  27. Alex said...

    Nice view,merus are gorgeous too. The main gate of the temple is very well designed.The temple was surrounded by ponds.Great shots foong.TK ,Happy weekend.

    April 24, 2010 at 7:02 PM
  28. iamthewitch said...

    Oh my the entrance so nice! And did you have to wear sarong to go in? Last time when we went to Bali's temple, we had to wear sarong!

    April 24, 2010 at 10:07 PM
  29. [SK] said...

    hmmm, this is one of the places that i didn't go when i visit Bali last time.. what a waste~~

    April 24, 2010 at 11:18 PM
  30. [SK] said...

    yeah, did you noticed all the entrance in Bali are similar, with such architecture?? stone-carved statue on each side.. very unique..

    April 24, 2010 at 11:19 PM
  31. [SK] said...

    i think the merus are just magnificent!! quite similar to the chinese pagodas.. but a few of them together really look grand and astonishing..

    April 24, 2010 at 11:21 PM
  32. [SK] said...

    hehehe, the coconut looks nice!! it was sure a great quencher and cooler under such hot weather..

    April 24, 2010 at 11:22 PM
  33. Bananazക said...

    What a coincidence just saw a photo of the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan and it has 8 tiers..



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    April 25, 2010 at 12:11 AM
  34. Borneo Falcon said...

    Simply awesome

    April 25, 2010 at 9:50 AM
  35. Faisal Admar said...

    wow! the place is so beautiful foong! boo hoo. i really want to go to bali or bkk by this year. but ticket still the same expensive price :(

    April 25, 2010 at 3:19 PM
  36. Che-Cheh said...

    Wow love this place! I must visit this park/temple when I go to Bali.

    Btw how's the weather there?

    April 25, 2010 at 6:49 PM
  37. Life Ramblings said...

    that looks like a nice place to visit. glad you had a blast.

    April 25, 2010 at 9:53 PM
  38. Sandy said...

    Awesome post. The landscape surrounding the temple is very beautiful.The tiered roofs of the temple is so beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing

    April 26, 2010 at 4:08 PM
  39. Vernon said...

    It is indeed one of the finest post by you. The pictures are really amazing and more amazing were Pura Taman Ayun. If I have not came across this blog, then I would have missed it. Thanks for sharing the blog. Hope you had a great time there.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:33 PM
  40. foongpc said...

    caroline ng, congrats being FC here! Yes, the whole place was really nice! : )

    April 26, 2010 at 10:50 PM
  41. foongpc said...

    bananaz, we wee not allowed to access the merus. Only could watch from outside the walls.

    Haha! The cocnut was huge but not as huge as a basketball! LOL!

    April 26, 2010 at 10:53 PM
  42. foongpc said...

    merryn, what to do? You have to wake up earlier to be FC here! Haha!

    April 26, 2010 at 10:54 PM
  43. foongpc said...

    cloudia, yes! The merus are like pagodas indeed! : )

    April 26, 2010 at 10:54 PM
  44. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, haha! Klang's Meru is of a different kind!

    April 26, 2010 at 10:56 PM
  45. foongpc said...

    caroline ng, lucky? Or are you stalking my blog? Hehe

    April 26, 2010 at 10:56 PM
  46. foongpc said...

    bananaz, no she definitely CANNOT 'chop' on behalf of Merryn or anyone else : )

    April 26, 2010 at 10:57 PM
  47. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, Chinese temple with Islamic influence? Actually it's a Hindu temple.

    Yes, I also find the gate like structure unique and interesting. You can find this structure in many places in Bali.

    The entrance fee was cheap indeed.

    Yes, there were 11 tiers but some had 9 while others had either 5 or 7. They were interesting right? : )

    April 26, 2010 at 11:03 PM
  48. foongpc said...

    fufu, well you should! : )

    April 26, 2010 at 11:06 PM
  49. foongpc said...

    bluedreamer27, thanks for posting my gift to you - hope you like the gift! Have a great day and happy blogging to you too! : )

    April 26, 2010 at 11:07 PM
  50. foongpc said...

    bananaz, you are welcome! : )

    April 26, 2010 at 11:08 PM
  51. foongpc said...

    alex, thanks for dropping by! : )

    April 26, 2010 at 11:09 PM
  52. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, no we did not have to wear any sarongs! : )

    April 26, 2010 at 11:10 PM
  53. foongpc said...

    SK, well you can always go Bali again! Haha!

    Yes, all the entrances had similar architecture - they were nice!

    Yes, love the merus and indeed they looked similar to Chinese pagodas!

    April 26, 2010 at 11:12 PM
  54. foongpc said...

    bananaz, haha, The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan does have 8 tiers, LOL!

    April 26, 2010 at 11:24 PM
  55. foongpc said...

    borneo falcon, awesome indeed : )

    April 26, 2010 at 11:25 PM
  56. foongpc said...

    faisal admar, haha! Well, maybe you wait until the ticket prices go down first : )

    April 26, 2010 at 11:26 PM
  57. foongpc said...

    che-cheh, yes you must visit it! But the weather was very hot!!

    April 26, 2010 at 11:27 PM
  58. EastCoastLife said...

    Oh, so beautiful!
    What time were you there? How come there's no other tourists or visitors around?

    April 26, 2010 at 11:30 PM
  59. EastCoastLife said...

    So conducive for a relaxing holiday. I don't mind living here.

    April 26, 2010 at 11:31 PM
  60. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, thanks! : )

    April 26, 2010 at 11:33 PM
  61. foongpc said...

    sandy, yes they are beautiful indeed! Thanks for dropping by! : )

    April 26, 2010 at 11:34 PM
  62. foongpc said...

    vernon, thanks for the compliments! I had a great time there, thanks! : )

    April 26, 2010 at 11:35 PM
  63. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, I was there at around 3pm. There were some tourists but not many so yes, we had a relaxing time there! : )

    April 26, 2010 at 11:42 PM
  64. eiling lim said...

    so lucky. I've never tasted nasi padang. heheh

    April 29, 2010 at 2:07 PM
  65. jam said...

    Those merus are magnificent! Temple architecture always fascinates me. I am now looking forward to our Siem Reap trip in August!

    April 30, 2010 at 2:49 PM
  66. Ayie said...

    i miss eating and drinking fresh coconut =(

    May 2, 2010 at 12:42 PM
  67. Ayie said...

    the stone carvings are cery very crafty

    May 2, 2010 at 12:42 PM
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