Pura Lempuyang, Bali
When going to Bali, there will be plenty of tourists attractions to visit and the magnificent local temples are definitely the spots worth seeing. One of the beautiful and exciting sacred sites to be found there is Pura Lempuyang, which is located in the Eastern Bali, more precisely – in the village of Purahayu in the Abang District.
Pura Lempuyang Visit
The way in reaching and fully enjoying sites is not that easy since it is known that more than 1700 steps have to be made in order to reach the top of the site (not without a reason this site is also called “The temple of 1000 steps”) and it should take you about 2 hours. However, once you manage to get there, you definitely will not regret all the efforts, since the place is truly scenic and it holds variety of interesting values of Hindu religion.
At the bottom levels of the mountain you will find Pura Agung Lempuyang, Telaga Mas Temple and Mas Temple. Walking further you will pass such sites as Lempuyang Madya Temple, Puncak Bisbis Temple, Agung Lempuyang Market and only then you will reach the highest and most notable temple – Lempuyang Luhur Temple.
Not only you will be able to enjoy the incredible architecture and observe all the quite uncommon traditions related to the Hindu religion, but also, since the temple is located so high above the sea level, to gaze at the sunrise which will set over the mountains and the sea. Therefore the best time to visit the temple is quite early in the morning.
Pura Lempuyang Entry
Standing and being there is truly a rare opportunity and not everyone is let inside the temple area; hence the tourists who are particularly interested in visiting the temples of Pura Lempuyang are advised to have a Balinese driver with them, so there would be bigger chances for you to get in there. There is variety of different rules and restrictions that have to be followed in order to be let inside the site and it is very important to have a respectful attitude towards the religion and the traditions.
No rude words can be said there, also children who have not broken their milk teeth, women on breastfeeding period or menstruation or people, who have recently lost a relative most probably will not be allowed to enter. For the typical western tourist this most probably sounds quite odd, but these are the local rules and if you are about to violate them then better do not include the site in your itinerary. Take into account that during the rainy season the slopes are wet and the stones can be slippery.