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Taman Ayun, Royal Temple of Mengwi

puraWhen the driver stopped the car and parked it in front of the gate that was being renovated, I did not think that we’d arrived at Taman Ayun temple. Even when we’d already entered the temple area, quiet atmosphere made me think it is just a rest area.
Taman Ayun temple was built in the 17th century at the time of the Kingdom of Mengwi in Bali. Located in the village of Mengwi, Badung regency, the temple complex is surrounded by a fish pond and the river. So the Balinese called it Pura Taman Ayun that literally means ‘Garden Temple in the Water’.
Like other Hindu temples in Bali with a series of garden terraces in different level, before entering the main temple or Gelung we will pass through the outer courtyard, and the inner courtyard in which it is located higher than the outer courtyard. While Gelung is located at the highest level and only opened when there is a ceremony.
Quiet and not many visitors at that time, but the hot weather made me feel uncomfortable stinging spend a long time there. Fortunately, visitors are given a free umbrella rental facility and the area is not too large (about 250 x 100 meter square) so it does not take long to surround the temple complex.


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