PURA LEMPUYANG TEMPLE (BALI GATEWAY TO HEAVEN) – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

PURA LEMPUYANG TEMPLE (BALI GATEWAY TO HEAVEN) – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

Pura Lempuyang Temple is an ancient Hindu temple that sits on the highest peak of Mount Lempuyang and it’s said to be the most Instagrammed location in Bali.

I have put together this complete guide of Lempuyang Temple with everything you need to know about how to get to Pura Lempuyang, how much it costs to enter Lempuyang Temple, the best time to visit and what to expect when you arrive!

Also, at the bottom of this Lempuyang Temple Guide, I have included some useful information on where to stay in Bali, getting around, the best time to visit and things to know before you go!

 

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WHERE IS PURA LEMPUYANG

Pura Lempuyang Temple is located on the far east corner of Bali in Karangasem.

From Canggu, it’s approximately a 2.5-hour drive to reach Pura Lempuyang Temple or if you happen to be in Ubud, it’s a shorter distance which takes around 2 hours.

I can also recommend spending a couple of days in the small coastal town of Amed when visiting Pura Lempuyang and it’s only a 30-minute drive to Mount Lempuyang from there.

 

HOW TO GET TO LEMPUYANG TEMPLE

The best way to get to Pura Lempuyang Bali is on a scooter. You can rent scooters in the main tourist hubs throughout Bali including Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, Denpasar, Ubud, and Uluwatu.

Scooter rental is typically 50,000 IDR per day or you can rent them on a monthly basis from anywhere between 600,000 IDR and 700,000 IDR.

Alternatively, if you are not comfortable driving a scooter, you can rent a car in Bali and head out to Pura Lempuyang Luhur on 4 wheels instead of 2.

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PURA LEMPUYANG OPENING TIMES

Lempuyang Temple is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Although, in my opinion, you’ll want to aim to arrive at Pura Lempuyang much earlier at around 5:00 am.

Due to its popularity, many tourists will start queuing at the entrance to Lempuyang Temple to be the first to get up to the viewpoint.

For worshipping purposes, Pura Lempuyang is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

 

LEMPUYANG TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE

The entrance fee at Pura Lempuyang is by donation only so you can choose how much you would like to pay to enter Lempuyang Temple. My friends and I paid 10,000 IDR, so something around that price is acceptable.

There is an additional fee for parking your scooter or car which is 5,000 IDR.

A sarong is also required to be worn around your legs and your shoulders must be covered when visiting the ancient Pura Lempuyang Temple.

If you don’t have a sarong to wear, you can rent them for 10,000 IDR at the ticket office before heading up the stairs to Pura Lempuyang.

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT PURA LEMPUYANG TEMPLE

Ideally, it’s best to visit Lempuyang Temple in the early hours of the morning for sunrise, though as I mentioned earlier this will be the busiest time of the day.

The famed ‘Gateway To Heaven’ has become an internet legend thanks to everyone’s favorite app Instagram so you can expect it to be crowded nowadays.

If you want to experience Lempuyang Temple without the crowds I would recommend planning your visit in the late afternoon during sunset as most of the day-trippers would have been and gone by that time.

 

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT LEMPUYANG TEMPLE

Mountain Lempuyang features an entire complex of 7 temples, though Lempuyang Temple is by far the most popular with its towering white stone gates that frame Mount Agung in the background.

You can explore the multiple tiers at Pura Lempuyang, starting on the lower level and making your way up the stairs to the upper level to where you can find the famous Bali Gateway to Heaven.

There are a number of stone sculptures along the path leading up to Lempuyang Temple which have been hand-carved by some very talented architects. The fine detail and the number of hours that go into the creation of these ancient religious sites around Bali are impressive, to say the least!

In fact, when I visited Pura Lempuyang I saw construction workers doing some renovations and new carvings on Lempuyang Temple. It was really intriguing to see the workers hand carving the stone statues leading up to the Bali Gateway to Heaven.

As you reach the top of the stairs you will be greeted by a local man in the courtyard of Pura Lempuyang. He will softly splash some water on your forehead as a blessing before entering the open-air temple.

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PURA LEMPUYANG TEMPLE COMPLEX

Pura Lempuyang Luhur is one of the most highly regarded temples in Bali and you will see just how impressive it is when you step foot into the courtyard of temples.

The Pura’s, or temples, that you will see in the Lempuyang Temple complex have been impressively hand-carved out of stone and decorated with colorful fabrics. These often get overlooked because the main attraction is, of course, the Bali Gateway to Heaven.

Once you have got your picture taken in front of the Bali Gateway to Heaven, I urge that you spend some time exploring the other sites inside the Lempuyang Temple complex. You’d be surprised that there are more Instagram-worthy spots to shoot apart from the main gates.

 

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THE SECRET BEHIND THE PHOTOS OF LEMPUYANG TEMPLE

I am sure you have seen countless photos of Lempuyang Temple on Instagram which shows a reflection of the Bali Gateway to Heaven as if there were water in front of it. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this is nothing more than a bit of photography trickery with the use of a mirror.

A local Indonesian man will help you to create the perfect Instagram shot if you hand him your camera as he uses a small mirror to get the reflection of the stone gates at Pura Lempuyang Temple. He doesn’t ask for any money though a small tip goes a long way.

I just wanted to give you the heads up on this so you aren’t disappointed when you find that there isn’t actually any water in front of the gates at Pura Lempuyang.

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OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST AT LEMPUYANG TEMPLE

Most people just come to get the classic Instagram shot standing in front of the Bali Gateway to Heaven, though they don’t realize there is much more to see at Lempuyang Temple.

If you have the time, I highly recommend going on a moderate hike to discover all 7 temples around Pura Lempuyang Mountain which is a 4-hour round trip circuit trail. I haven’t done the hike myself but I am sure you will uncover some epic spots that haven’t yet been posted on social media.

Let me know if you end up hiking around Mount Lempuyang and please share with me your experience and photos. I will be happy to feature them on this blog post!

 

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TO LEMPUYANG TEMPLE

Because Pura Lempuyang Temple is a sacred religious site you have to know that there are some common rules for visiting that you must respect and abide by.

  • Your legs and shoulders must be covered to enter the Lempuyang Temple Complex.
  • No kissing is allowed at Pura Lempuyang as it’s a Hindu Temple.
  • No drones are permitted to fly anywhere around Lempuyang Temple.

 

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT LEMPUYANG TEMPLE

Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang is the official name for Lempuyang Temple and it is said to be the most highly regarded Hindu temple in all of Bali. 

The temples of Mount Lempuyang, represented by the highest Pura (temple) on the peak of the mountain, Pura Lempuyang Luhur, is one of the ‘six sanctuaries of the world’, the six holiest places of worship in Bali.

According to Balinese beliefs, the temples on Lempuyang Mountain are pivotal points of the island and are said to provide spiritual balance to Bali. 

The famed Bali Gateway to Heaven is known as a candi bentar (split gate) which marks the entrance to Lempuyang Temple and a passageway into the religious compound. 

Puja Wali Festival (Pura’s anniversary) of Lempuyang Temple is held once every 6 months at Mount Lempuyang on a Thursday, typically one day after the Galungan festival. 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS OF LEMPUYANG TEMPLE

Despite the popularity of Lempuyang Temple, I am sure you will be able to enjoy it with or without the crowds as this is truly one of the most incredible places to see in Bali.

Pura Lempuyang Temple is not something you get to see every day, especially due to is unique location sitting right in front of Bali’s highest and holiest peak, Mount Agung!

I have visited Lempuyang Temple on two occasions and each time I was lucky enough to witness insane colors being sprayed across the sky at sunrise with Mount Agung sitting prominently in the backdrop.

If you’re looking for a day trip away from the main tourist hubs such as Canggu, Seminyak and Ubud, then definitely make the effort to travel out to Karangasem and check off Pura Lempuyang Temple from your Bali bucket list!

 

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WHERE TO STAY NEAR PURA LEMPUYANG

I would recommend spending a couple of days in the small coastal town of Amed when visiting Pura Lempuyang Luhur. From Amed to Lempuyang Temple it’s approximately a thirty-minute drive.

Amed has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay in Amed to suit the needs of luxury travelers and budget backpackers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

 

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BEST TIME TO VISIT BALI

The best time to visit Bali for perfect weather and fewer tourists is between the months of April and October.

The rainy season in Bali is typically from December through to February and this is also peak season for tourists arriving during the Christmas and New Year holiday season.

 

SEARCH ALL FLIGHTS TO BALI

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BALI TOURIST VISA

When entering Bali, there is a Visa On Arrival policy that allows tourists to stay for a maximum of 30-days at no cost.

If you wish to stay in Bali for more than 30-days you must pay USD $35 for the Visa On Arrival in order for you to be able to extend it at the immigration office located in Denpasar City.

You can only extend the 30-day visa to a 60-day visa and it requires a couple of visits to the immigration office to hand in your passport, do fingerprints and then pick up your passport a week later.

 

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BALI TRANSPORTATION

There are a few ways of getting around Bali – scooter, motorbike, go-jek, grab taxi and private taxi. In my experience, the cheapest and most convenient way of getting around Bali is by scooter.

The cost of scooter hire is around $4 day and petrol can be bought for as little as 70 cents per litre.

If you are not comfortable riding a scooter on the crazy roads of Bali you can use Go-Jek and Grab Taxi services. Download the free app from the App Store and you’ll need a local number to register before you can start using the service.

If you are traveling solo, you can select the motorbike taxi option within the Go-Jek and Grab app’s which is by far the cheapest mode of transport to get you from A to B.

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BALI – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

The currency in Bali is Rupiah (IDR) and the exchange rate is approximately $1 USD = 14,000 IDR.

Purchasing a sim card in Bali is very cheap and simple. You can purchase a Bali SIM Card online in advance and pick it up at the airport when you arrive.

For approximately $7 USD, you can get a local sim card that comes with 10GB of data with calls and texts included!

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LEMPUYANG TEMPLE

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Lempuyang Temple please drop me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Happy Adventuring 😃

 

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Jonny Melon

Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

With an ever-growing passion for travel and the outdoors, I launched Jonny Melon Adventure Travel Blog in 2017, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since!

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6 Comments

  1. December 19, 2018 / 4:46 am

    After reading the reviews I was a bit skeptical… but the ride from Ubud, the money ( you do pay for everything) and the wait in line (ours was less than 20 mins) were worth these amazing photos. Yes, there is a bit of camera trickery but you give your phone to the official temple photographer and he delivers amazing shots… and he helps keep the line moving. I almost didn’t go and I am so glad I did!!

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 6:06 am

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Karen
    February 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

    Hi can I ask what time did you all visit the temple for the shots? I am afraid if i reach before sunrise, there won’t be any photographer there to help me take the reflection shot.

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      February 18, 2019 / 9:53 am

      Hello, I went at sunrise and there were already locals there to take the reflection shot photos. Enjoy!

  3. Bonnie
    March 20, 2019 / 6:03 am

    Hello : What time interval is needed to take photo with reflection early April ?
    I learn a lot from your website. Thank You very much. Bonnie

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      March 20, 2019 / 5:59 pm

      It is best to go early to the temple and there will be fewer people to get the photo you are after! Enjoy

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