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Special Photo Essay: The Fascinating Hindu Temples of Bali

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Join me on an exploration of some of the finest orthodox Hindu architecture in the world on the tropical island of Bali.

In This Photo Essay You Will Discover:

  • The Finest Balinese Temples
  • The Uniqueness of Balinese Architecture
  • Sights to See in Bali
  • And More!

Beyond the wonderful surfing and glorious beaches of Bali, there are also a seemingly endless amount of ornate Hindu temples to explore. Despite visiting the Island in search of the perfect wave and the perfect beach — it may be my experiences at the temples that stay with me the longest. Enjoy Bali’s Finest Temples:

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Balinese sculptors would never create a likeness of God – for one cannot fathom God.

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This was the first temple we visited, in Kintamani, called Tirta Empul.

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Bali’s famous Hall of Justice, Taman Kertha Gosa, Klungkung.

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The Fountain of Youth, in Tirta Empul.

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Ornate designs at the Hall of Justice.

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The Hall of Justice is a small but beautiful temple. No shorts allowed!

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Pura Besakih, Bali’s most important Hindu temple.

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These offerings to God can be found everywhere in Bali – from the temples to the shopping centres.

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Offerings consist of incense, dried flowers and an item of food or money. Don’t step on them!

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Looking to God in Tirta Empul.

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Located on the slopes of Mount Agung, Pura Besakih is the oldest temple on Bali.

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Pura Besakih is a tourist hot spot – with aggressive hawkers.

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Taman Ayun Temple is a Royal Temple of Mengwi Empire.

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Taman Ayun Temple has spectacular and meticulous grounds.

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One of Bali’s most scenic temples – home to Bali’s best sunset – Tanah Lot is a must-see.

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

4 comments… add one
  • David Webb Jan 10, 2011

    Oh yes, anyone can visit. There may be areas where only devotees can enter, and you must, of course, respect local customs (no shorts!), but these temples are welcoming to anyone who wants to visit.

  • Jobs in australia Jan 10, 2011

    I must say that your photos really describes the beauty of the Hindu Temple. I actually admired Hindus for their beliefs in mind and body concentration, this is only my theory i guess. I just wonder if this place is open for all religions to visit to? for me it looks like paradise, and i want to be there.

  • Spencer Jan 3, 2011

    Great pictures! Brings back some fantastic memories of my travels in Asia.

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