Regarded as one of the most attractive temples in Bali, Pura Taman Ayun is a Royal Temple of Mengwi Empire. It is a pagoda-like temple encompassing the beauty of traditional Balinese architecture.
Located in the village of Mengwi, northwest of Denpasar, Taman Ayun is one of the six royal temples of Bali and is listed as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. A traditional split gate welcomed us as we enter the temple grounds. Split gates are actually common with Balinese temples.
The temple was built by the King of Mengwi as a family temple. Compared to other Balinese temples we visited, the structure of Taman Ayun is much unique with its towering tiers that resemble a pagoda.
Also similar with the other temples, we were not allowed to enter the shrines with the concrete wall built around it. What we were able to do is to take a peek inside the wall. They say it can only be accessible during important religious ceremonies.
Taman Ayun Temple is built on a beautifully landscaped garden that is very well-maintained. This really gives visitors a nice leisure walk.
Also inside the complex is a life-sized diorama depicting a cock fight. Cock fighting has been part of Balinese culture and is still rampant today.
Pura Taman Ayun
Operating Hours: 8AM-6PM
Admission Fee: IDR 15,000