We all know that Bali is full of wonderful temples from top to bottom; that’s why it’s so hard to choose a favorite. There’s a million reasons why you would pick one over another, location, view, architecture, and the list goes on.
For us, that special temple was Pura Tirta Empul, maybe not the most stunning compared to Pura Lempuyang or as beautiful as Tanah Lot but definitely the most meaningful experience we had in the Island of Gods.
Tirta Empul is a Hindu Balinese water temple located near the town of Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia. The village is a 30-minute drive to the North of Ubud and it’s one of the largest and busiest water temples in Indonesia.
It was founded in 926 A.D. and was dedicated to Vishnu, who is the Hindu God of water. The name of the temple actually means “holy water spring” in Balinese.
The temple compound consists of a bathing structure, famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification.
The “Jaba Tengah” is the most famous part of Tirta Empul temple. This section contains the two purification pools. Legend has it that the water in the pools has magical powers and local Balinese come here to purify themselves under the 30 waterspouts that feed the pools.
Tirta Empul is a quite large temple complex, it’ll take you at least 30 minutes to an hour to explore the entire site. Surrounding the main pools, you will find the local ladies preparing the offers and always giving out smiles for free.
It is definitely a must do if in Ubud, for only Rp 30k you will enjoy an unforgettable experience and will come back full of energy. The minute you get into its waters you will feel the magic!
Our gift to you… All you need to know before visiting the temple:
Get there early! Anytime from 7am to not more than 10am, otherwise it’ll be really hard to enjoy the spring, as it gets extremely busy with locals ready to start their ritual.
Dress respectfully; remember it is a holy place! A sarong for both men and women will be perfect for the occasion, (sarongs are available for free at the entry fee ticket counter).
Take a spare change of clothes for later unless you want to keep your wet sarong on.
If you want make the most of your Bali experience make sure you get yourself to this amazing water temple. As cheesy as it sounds you do feel different when you leave the place even if you are not religious. So don’t miss out and enjoy it like we did!
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