4D/3N Backpacking Bali : Pura Taman Ayun (Part 1)

        Pura Taman Ayun is a temple complex located in the district of Mengwi, central Bali. The name Pura Taman Ayun means the "Temple of the Beautiful Gardens". True to its name, the temple is surrounded by a moat with lotuses and a vast garden with frangipanis all around. Pura Taman Ayun consists of a forecourt, a central court and a spacious inner court.

        We visited Pura Taman Ayun on our second day in Bali, after visiting Pura Luhur Tanah Lot in the morning. The entrance fee is Rp 30,000 per person and you can stay as long as you want there. Being there gives me a sense of peacefulness. The fragrant scent of the frangipanis and soothing serenade of the cicadas put me at ease while I explored the temple. I took a lot of photos while I was there. Below are some for your viewing pleasure.

Our trusty guide, Mr. Agoes leading the way to Pura Taman Ayun

Street stalls selling drinks and local snacks

The many paths in the temple

Everywhere you see is greenery

The Candi Bentar or split gate of Pura Taman Ayun

A shrine and gateway to the inner courtyard of Pura Taman Ayun

The majestic gateway to the inner court

One of the magnificent guardians of the gateway

Rows of bale or pavilion for court musicians, dancers and priests in the inner sanctuary at Pura Taman Ayun

Rows of merus with ijuk black thatched roofing provide a resting place for visiting spirits at Pura Taman Ayun

Frangipanis reaching for the sky

My first time seeing a cicada lying on the ground motionless

A simple plate of offering which consists of a variety of flowers, sweets, biscuits and rice

        Backpacking Bali - Pura Taman Ayun (Part 2) with more information and photos will be shared soon. Do follow my blog closely and stay tune for it. Happy travels!

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