Pura Taman Ayun Temple is located in Mengqi, Badung. About 17km drive north of Denpasar, 15km West of Ubud and 30km from the Airport.
The Temple is know to be one of the best Bali temples to visit.
Pura Taman Ayun Temple was built in 1634 by the then ruler of the Mengwi Kingdom, Tjokerda Sakti Blambangan and extensively renovated in 1937. It is a so called Pura Kawiten or family temple, a special temple where the deified ancestors of the Raja Dynasty of Mengwi and important gods of other temples are honored. Although the pools are far from what can be imagined during its days of glory in the distant past, the moss-lined walls and jade algae-filled water add to the rustic charm of the whole scenery of this over three centuries-old temple site.
The huge royal water temple of Pura Taman Ayun, surrounded by a wide, elegant moat, was the main temple of the Mengwi kingdom, which survived until 1891, when it was conquered by the neighbouring kingdoms of Tabanan and Badung.
The function of Taman Ayun Temple is a place to pray the god in their manifestation.
About the Taman Ayun Temple:
The name Taman Ayan translates to ‘Beautiful Garden’ and is known as one of the most attractive temples of Bali. The Taman Ayun Temple complex comprises four different divisions, one ranking higher than the other. The temple is situated around beautiful park land with trees and pods. Taman Ayan Temple is bordered by canals and is entered via a bridge to a richly ornamented gate which leads through to the temple courtyard. Towering tiers from the temple shrines make up most of the profile of Taman Ayun and are a gesture of the people of Mengwi’s reverence to their deified noble ancestors, for the temple complex is considered the ‘mother temple’ of Mengwi.
From the Temple court yard a footpath leads through the park past a square pod and the ‘cardinal fountain’. 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 gateway (candi bentar) which gives access to the jaba tengah, the more elevated, second courtyard of the temple. To enter, you must go through a second gate where a shelter called ‘Bale Pengubengan’ with ornamental features that depict the nine Hundu gods that guard the nine points of the compass, known as the Dewata Nawa Sanga. East of this court yard is a small temple called Pura Dalem Bekak, while in its western corner is an eight metre-high wooden bell tower known to locals as ‘Bale Kulkul’, a climb up will reveal two hanging rectangular wooden bells, plus a high and spectacular view of the whole complex.
Inside the jaba tengah one finds the walled jaba jero, the fourth and most holy courtyard of the temple refered to as the ‘Ultama Mandala’ 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.
The temple’s three grounds denote the three cosmological levels known to Balinese Hinduism, namely the world of man, the realm of gods and deities, and the topmost divine level.
Taman Ayun Temple Entry Fee
Entry fee: Rp. 3,000-4,000 (AU $3-4)
Opening Hours: 09:00-16:00
Location: Village of Mengwi, Badung regency, approximately 17km northwest from Denpasar.
How to get there: Follow the main road north from Denpasar along the common Jalan Kapal thoroughfare towards Bedugul. Upon reaching Mengwi, the landmark can’t be missed.
Pura Taman Ayun Temple Tours
Cost: From $74.03
Duration: 5 hours
This is a great way to visit two of Bali’s famous temples in just one trip: Taman Ayun temple in Mengwi, and the one famously surrounded by the waters of Indian Ocean, Tanah Lot temple. Read More
Cost: From $100
Duration: 8 hours
From this full-day Bali water temples tour, you get to visit the three of the most famous temples in Bali: Tanah Lot, Ulun Danu and Taman Ayun Temple. On this tour, you will get the chance to visit the world’s most famous Tanah Lot situated in the midst of the ocean with an interesting story behind it. Later on, you will get to experience the Ulun Danu Temple in Bedugul with a view of Lake Bratan and as well as Taman Ayun. Read More
Cost: From $64
Duration: 9 hours
This excursion will lead you to the rural heartland of Bali, which presents an altered landscape and an interesting history. You will be visiting Taman Ayun, founded by the King of the Mengwi dynasty in the 17th century, followed by crater lake – Lake Beratan and Pura Luhur Batukaru temple. On this trip, you will also get the opportunity to scroll down Candi Kuning market and see all the fresh produced fruits, vegetables and flowers. Read More