Everything About Pura Luhur Uluwatu Lempuyang Temple The Gates of Heaven in Bali

The Lempuyang Temple, locally known as Pura Luhur Lempuyang, is one of the oldest and most popular temples in Bali.

It is also believed to be in front of most of the island's Hindu temples and the six most sacred places of worship in Bali.

The entire landscape looks very picturesque from this door of the temple, and this door is also known in the western world as "The Gates of Heaven".
The gates and their temples are located in the eastern part of Bali in the highlands of Lempuyang Mountain, which is 1,775 m above sea level.

Lempuyang temple

The complex, consisting of seven different shrines, offers visitors one of the most breathtaking views of one of the temples of Bali.

Read on to find out how to get there with everything you need to know! But don't hesitate to go to a section that interests you:

Pura lempuyang temple Bali

History of the temple of Pura Lempuyang
The Lempuyang Temple, also known as Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang, is one of the Sad Kahyangan Jagad or six main temples that are considered pillars of Bali.

The other temples are Pura Besakih, Pura Gua Lawah, Pura Batukaru, Pura Pusering Jagat and Pura Uluwatu.

The word "Sad" is derived from Sanskrit and means "six" and "Kahyangan" means "place of the gods". Therefore, "Sad Kahyangan" could be translated into "six places of the gods".


It is believed that cult sites around Lempuyang Mountain precede most Hindu temples on the island of Bali.

The temples of Lempuyang Mountain, represented by Pura Lempuyang Luhur, the highest temple in the region, are grouped together in a temple complex that represents Pura Sad Kahyangan Luhur Lempuyang.

The temple groups are considered part of Sad Kahyangan Jagad or "six shrines of the world", the six most sacred places of worship in Bali.

According to Balinese belief, they are the linchpins of the island and should create a spiritual balance in Bali.

The temple groups of Mount Lempuyang are also part of the Bali temple group Pura Kahyangan Padma Bhuwana.


Pura Lempuyang temple
Each of the temples of Pura Kahyangan Padma Bhuwana marked each of the eight directions.

Pura Lempuyang Luhur represents the direction of the east (Purwa) and the color white. This direction is connected to the domain of the Balinese god Iswara.

Lempuyang Temple map location
Pura Lempuyang Temple is located in Banjar Purwa Ayu, Tribuana Village, Abang Subdistrict, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia.

The hotel is located on the top of the Bisbis hill in Lempuyang mountain at 1175 meters above sea level. There are seven temples that make up the Temple of Pura Lempuyang, the largest and the largest located on top.

Lempuyang temple
Mount Lempuyang, also known as Mount Lempuyang Luhur, is one of the most sacred natural areas in Bali.

The distance from the city of Amlapura is about 22 km. It heads north through Tirtagangga to the village of Ngis in the Abang sub-district and then turns directly east to the village of Purahayu.

How do I get to Pura Lempuyang Temple?
The Pura Lempuyang Temple is located east of Bali in the highlands of Lempuyang Mountain and is easily accessible from all parts of Bali.

The distance is about 89 km from Ngurah Rai International Airport Denpasar or 2 hours 45 minutes by car and drives east via Jl. Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra.

If you stay in Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta and Seminyak, it will take 2 to 3 hours to get there. This depends on the traffic conditions.

However, if you are from Ubud, it will take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes and you will also travel via Jl. Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra.

If there is no public transportation to the Pura Lempuyang Temple, we recommend hiring a car with a driver and taking a tour in the east of Bali to discover popular places like Tirta Gangga, the Taman Ujung Water Palace, Candidasa and more.

Entrance fee to the Pura Lempuyang Temple
Visiting the Pura Lempuyang Temple is free, but only small donations collected from villagers to maintain and clean up the area.

And always be respectful. Wear a sarong when visiting this temple complex and make sure that your bare knees and shoulders are not visible.

This applies to both men and women. When watching a ceremony, take photos from a respectful distance with your zoom lens.

What to Expect at Pura Lempuyang Temple
On the slopes of Lempuyang Mountain is Pura Lempuyang Luhur, also known as Lempuyang Temple.

It is one of the nine main directional temples on the island of Bali, where you can find the famous Sky Gate and enjoy a spectacular view of the sunset at dusk as it stands at the top of the mountain.

The temple consists of two sections, a lower level, and an upper level. The latter is worth climbing the seemingly endless staircase - it is certainly a temple with a view.

Lempuyang temple gate
The view from the temple is very pleasant because you will see a breathtaking panorama of Mount Agung. The beautiful forest around the temple is known as the lung of the island of Bali.

To reach the temple of Lempuyang, you will pass the road with many curves and climbs. To get to the main temple, we have to climb over 1,500 steps.

The landscape on the way to the temple is very beautiful and tourists can enjoy the fresh and refreshing air of the forest.

A very unique fact is that you don't feel wet clothes even when we are walking through the clouds around us.

In addition to the famous Skywalk, Pura Luhur Lempuyang presents another unique secret.

A gih peling called Tirta Pingit (secret) is between the pieces of bamboo that grow on the top of Pura Luhur Lempuyang.

There are only 3 bamboo groves growing there. The Pemangku (priest) of Pura Tirta Lempuyang Luhur Tirta (holy water) is obtained from the clump of bamboo.

And then there are Pemedek (the people who do the ceremony or the prayer) and the tourists who pray.

In order to obtain holy water or Tirta, the priest (pemangku) cuts a piece of bamboo and the holy water for tirta comes out of the cut bamboo.

And curiously, the bamboo has not stopped growing, although it is cut very often.

You can drink the water from the bamboo cane. It sounds very cool, but you will only get a little bit when you pray.

Opening hours of Pura Lempuyang temple
Pura Lempuyang temple is open to visitors every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. However, it is open 24 hours a day for worship purposes.

The unique location of the temple and the spectacular view are certainly a highlight for form and preparation.

The steep and difficult climb with more than 1700 steps leads you to the temple at almost 1200 m above sea level.

The whole area around Lempuyang Mountain is one of the best for hiking and for enjoying a Bali that has nothing to do with the south.

For those who love hiking and backpacking, this tour is a fantastic blend of an adventurous mountain hiking experience, an incredible panoramic view, and a visit to an ancient religious site.

Best time to visit Pura Lempuyang temple
The best time to visit Pura Lempuyang Temple is the day before sunset, as the view is breathtaking.

Or secure the sunrise as soon as possible so you can take much better photos with fewer people, even if there are not many people at all.

Pura Lempuyang Temple

Different locations offer breathtaking views of the temple, making it a very photogenic destination. Depending on the position of the sun, the light is perfect for beautiful photos.

The layout of the temple of Pura Lempuyang
The temple of Lempuyang or Pura Penataran Agung is located on the slope of the Lempuyang mountain, 600 meters above sea level.

Mount Lempuyang, also known as Mount Lempuyang Luhur, is one of the holiest natural spots in Bali.


The entire Lempuyang mountain has been divided into three sections, which correspond to Balinese cosmology. The base of the mountain is known as Sang Ananta Bhoga and corresponds to Mount Brahma.

The middle part of the mountain is known as Sang Naga Basukih and corresponds to Mount Vishnu, while the top of the mountain is known as Sang Naga Taksaka and is known as Mount Shiva.

The holiest point on Lempuyang Mountain is where Pura Lempuyang Luhur is built.

Pura Penataran Agung, also known as Pura Silawana Hyang Sar, is located in the middle of the mountain; The Pura Dalem Dasar Lempuyang is built at the foot of the mountain.

The temple gardens are divided into three areas: the outer sanctuary of the temple (Jaba Pisan or Nistaning Mandala), the middle sanctuary (Jaba Tengah or Madya Mandala) and the main interior sanctuary (Jero or Utamaning Mandala).

The entrance to the outer sanctuary (Jaba Pisan) is marked by a divided Candi Bentar door painted white.

Outside there are several balls (Balinese flags), one of which is the rectangular ball gong ("Gong Pavilion"), in which the gamelans are kept.

Another ball in this field is the Kulkul ball, on which the drum kit is placed for prayer.

The entrance to the central sanctuary (Jaba Tengah) is characterized by three Paduraksa portals painted white. The entry on the left is used for the entry, while the entry on the right is used for the output.

The central door is normally closed and only open during the main Pura festival, e.g. the bi-annual Piodalan Festival. The central portal is the place where sacred objects, legacies, and offerings can happen during the festival.

The three stairs leading to the Paduraksa gates are flanked by mythical characters from the Naga.

Sculptures inspired by the epic Ramayana, e.g. d'Arjuna, Bima and Yudhistira shape the landscape of the stairs. At the highest level is the statue of Krishna, the secular form of Vishnu.

The highest inner sanctuary (Jero) is the most sacred courtyard of the Balinese temple.

The inner courtyard of Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang includes several Meru towers and Pelinggih shrines, each dedicated to different local gods and deities.

Several Padmasana shrines in the form of empty stone thrones, each dedicated to the supreme god of the Hindu pantheon, e.g. Blood Hyang Widhi and the gods of Trimurti.

Hike to Lempuyang Temple
Pura Lempuyang Luhur, the highest temple, is the crown jewel of the complex (and also its namesake). It is located on the mountain top, which is considered the most sacred place.

If you want to climb to the upper temple, the return journey takes at least three hours and you will climb more than 1,700 steps.

Pura Lempuyang temple
But you will be rewarded with a spectacular view from the top of the mountain. Lempuyang. But it's much more than a pretty picture waiting to be taken.

On your way, you'll cross small remote villages and see a side of Bali that you won't see in the crowded tourist areas. In the temple, you will be one of the few tourists and priests treated like a local by guides and locals.

Good to know before visiting Lempuyang Temple
As we know, when visiting one of the Bali temples, men and women should wear a sarong, scarf, or belt around their waist. Here are the important things you should know before going to Pura Lempuyang Temple;

Wear a sarong when visiting this temple complex and make sure that your bare knees and shoulders are not visible.
The Pura Lempuyang Temple is a very religious Hindu temple, so any form of public kissing is considered outrageous.
Do not take photos directly in front of the believers.
Don't step over or step on offers - Small offers called Canang Sari often stay on the ground. Palm leaves are woven into a small box and herb petals, silver, snacks are in it. These offerings must appease the spirits. Be careful where you go.
Any menstruating woman or someone (regardless of gender) with a brave or bleeding wound is considered unclean and should not be admitted to a Balinese temple.
As long as you remember that the temple you are in is a space of respect for the Balinese people and that you treat it as such, your visit to the temple will surely bring you the happiness and enlightenment that you have search.
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