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Taman Ayun Temple

Taman Ayun Temple is located in Mengwi Village, Badung regency and about 18 Km north side of Denpasar town. It is strategically located beside of major roadway between Denpasar to Singaraja. It is set on the land, which is surrounded by the big fishpond and look like a drift on the water. It owns the beautiful temple building with multistoried roof and Balinese Architecture. The wide beautiful landscape garden in front of the courtyard welcomes all visitors who come and visit this temple. It is a beautiful place to visit on your vacation in Bali.

Taman Ayun Temple is one of the six royal temples of Bali; these groups of temples are second in importance only to the Mother temple at Besakih. It is situated near the town of Mengwi, which lies some 16 kilometers, or 10 miles, northwest of Denpasar, the island’s capital city.

I Gusti Agung Anom, the founder of the Mengwi kingdom, built Pura Taman Ayun was built by in central Bali, until 1891. I Gusti Agung Anom was also the builder of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. He established Pura Taman Ayun in 1634, when he moved his palace from Balahayu to Mengwi. The name Pura Taman Ayun means the “Temple of the Beautiful Gardens.” The date of construction is carved on the door with chronogram reading “Sad Bhuta Yaksa Dewa”, meaning 1634AD.

Pura Taman Ayun covers an area of 250m by 100m. Originally dating from 1634, it was restored and enlarged in 1937. The gates, split gates and walls were renovated in 1949, and a pavilion, called bale bengong was added. In 1972, the black fiber roofs were replaced, and in 1976, a pavilion tower, called bale kulkul was added.

The temple is boardered by broad canals and it can only be entered via a bridge leading to a richly ornamented ‘candi bentar’, the gate that gives access to the outer courtyard (jaba) of the temple.

From this candi bentar a straight, paved footpath leads through the well-maintained park past a square pond with a fountain exactly in its center. This fountain has nine water jets, four of which are positioned according the cardinal points, another four according the sub-cardinal points and the ninth in the center, symbolizing the Dewa Nawa Sanga, the nine main gods of Balinese Hinduism.

The footpath leads on to a second candi bentar which gives access to the ‘jaba tengah’, the more elevated, second courtyard of the temple.

Inside the jaba tengah one finds the walled ‘jaba jero’, the third and most holy courtyard of the temple in which the most important shrines are located, among others a number of five, seven, nine and eleven tierd meru’s. The jaba jero is only accessible during important religious ceremonies, such as the ‘odalan’ – the day on which the inauguration of the temple is commemorated.

There is a small fee to enter it’s absolutely worth paying it. The best part about this attraction is the almost complete absence of hawkers or sellers. While you are not allowed inside the temple, you can walk around the low walls and peer easily into the interior. The architectural style is quite different, and the leafy garden behind the temple is a pleasant enough place for a place to sit down and relax. There are of course other tourists, but the area is large enough that everyone has a place to themselves.

One Response to “Taman Ayun Temple”

  1. Emily says:

    Hello my name is Emily and I just wanted to send you a quick message here instead of calling you. I discovered your Taman Ayun Temple and noticed you could have a lot more visitors.

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