Driving through East Bali is a must for anyone visiting the island. The scenic landscape and natural beauty is a photographer's dream, and you can get a feel of "real Bali" in the many villages that dot the countryside.
Just 40 minutes north of Ubud, on the back road to Besakih and Penelokan, you'll find the town of Bangli and the impressive temple complex at Pura Kehen.
Bangli is one of the nine kingdoms of Bali, and Pura Kehen is the state temple of the kingdom. It's the biggest temple in East Bali and is often referred to as a miniature version of Besakih, the "Mother Temple" located on the slopes of Mount Agung.
Built in the 11th century, the temple features eight terraces. 38 stairs lead up to a beautifully decorated entrance which opens onto the first courtyard, where a massive banyan tree over 700 years old stands guard.
The inner courtyard boasts an 11-roof meru (a shrine with many tiers) as well as shrines with thrones for Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu, the all-important Hindu trinity.
Every three years in November (Rabu Kliwan Shinta in the Balinese calendar), at the time of purnama or full moon, a major ceremony known as Ngusabha is held at the temple.
Being a holy temple, the appropriate dress should be worn when visiting Pura Kehen. This means a sarong and sash for both men and woman, which is included in the entrance fee.
A visit to Pura Kehen temple can easily be combined with Penglipuran Village, one of the remaining truly traditional Balinese villages.
|Opening Hours||9am - 5pm|
|Entrance Fee||Adult: Rp. 10,000 / Child: Rp. 5,000|
|Access||Approximately 40 minutes from Ubud|