Pura Lempuyang Temple (also known as Penataran Lempuyang, Pura Lempuyang Luhur, or Gates Of Heaven Bali) is an ancient Hindu temple that resides on the highest peak of Mount Lempuyang in Karangasem, East Bali.
Penataran Lempuyang is said to be the most Instagrammed location on the island, and it’s easy to see why!
I have put together this complete guide with everything you need to know about how to get there, how much it costs to enter, the best time to visit, and what to expect when you arrive.
Sunrise at Penataran Lempuyang
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WHERE IS LEMPUYANG TEMPLE?
Pura Lempuyang Temple is located in Karangasem Regency, East Bali.
From the main tourist hubs of Canggu, Seminyak, and Kuta, it’s approximately a 2.5-hour drive. If you happen to be staying in Ubud, it’s a shorter distance which takes around 2 hours.
I can also recommend spending a couple of days in the small coastal town of Amed when visiting Pura Lempuyang Luhur and from here, it’s only a 30-minute drive to reach the Bali Gates Of Heaven.
HOW TO GET TO LEMPUYANG TEMPLE
The best way to get to Pura Lempuyang Luhur is by car or by scooter.
You can rent a scooter from the main tourist areas of Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, or Ubud and make the drive out to East Bali at your own pace.
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On the way to East Bali
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PURA LEMPUYANG OPENING TIMES
The temple is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Although, in my opinion, you’ll want to aim to arrive much earlier at around 5:00 am to beat the crowds.
Due to its popularity, many tourists will start queuing at the entrance to Gates Of Heaven Bali to be the first to get up to the viewpoint.
For worshipping purposes, it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Cloudy morning at the Gates of Heaven
BEST TIME TO VISIT PURA LEMPUYANG LUHUR
Ideally, it’s best to visit the temple is in the early hours of the morning for sunrise, though as I mentioned earlier this will be the busiest time of the day.
The famed ‘Bali Gates Of Heaven’ has become an internet legend thanks to everyone’s favorite app Instagram so you can expect it to be crowded nowadays.
If you want to experience this attraction without the crowds, I recommend planning your visit in the late afternoon for sunset as most of the day-trippers would have been and gone by this time.
Enjoying the view – Photo: @eyem_all_over
LEMPUYANG TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE
The entrance fee is 100,000 IDR and there is an additional fee for parking your scooter or car which is 5,000 IDR.
A sarong is also required to be worn around your legs and your shoulders must be covered when visiting this sacred Hindu temple.
If you don’t have a sarong to wear, you can rent them for 10,000 IDR at the ticket office before heading up the stairs to the Penataran Temple.
The ticket office
The stairs leading up to the temple
WHAT TO EXPECT
Mountain Lempuyang features an entire complex of 7 temples, though Lempuyang is by far the most popular with its towering white stone gates that frame Mount Agung in the background.
You can explore the multiple tiers inside the complex by starting on the lower level and making your way up the stairs to the upper level to where you can find the famous Bali Gates Of Heaven.
There are a number of stone sculptures along the path leading up to the temple which has been hand-carved by some very talented architects. The fine detail and the number of hours that go into the creation of these religious sites around Bali are very impressive, to say the least!
In fact, during my visit, I saw construction workers doing some renovations and new carvings in the temple complex. It was really intriguing to see the workers hand carving the stone statues leading up to the Gates Of Heaven Bali.
As you reach the top of the stairs you will be greeted by a local man in the courtyard. He will softly splash some water on your forehead as a blessing before entering the open-air temple.
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Local construction workers
PURA LEMPUYANG TEMPLE COMPLEX
Pura Lempuyang Luhur is one of the most highly regarded temples in Bali and you will see just how impressive it is when you step foot into the courtyard of temples.
The Pura’s, or temples, that you will see inside the complex have been impressively hand-carved out of stone and decorated with colorful fabrics. These often get overlooked because the main attraction is, of course, the Bali Gateway to Heaven.
Once you have got your picture taken in front of the Bali Gates Of Heaven, I urge that you spend some time exploring the other sites inside the complex. You’d be surprised that there are more Instagram-worthy spots to shoot apart from the main gates.
THE SECRET BEHIND THE PHOTOS
I am sure you have seen countless photos of this temple on Instagram which shows a reflection of the Gates Of Heaven Bali as if there were water in front of it. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this is nothing more than a bit of photography trickery with the use of a mirror.
A local Indonesian man will help you to create the perfect Instagram shot if you hand him your camera as he uses a small mirror to get the reflection of the stone gates. He doesn’t ask for any money though a small tip goes a long way.
I just wanted to give you the heads up on this so you aren’t disappointed when you find that there isn’t actually any water in front of the gates at Pura Lempuyang.
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Gates Of Heaven Bali reflections
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
Most people just come to get the classic Instagram shot standing in front of the Gates Of Heaven Bali, though they don’t realize there is much more to see in the area.
If you have the time, I highly recommend going on a moderate hike to discover all 7 temples around Lempuyang Mountain which is a 4-hour round trip circuit trail. I haven’t done the hike myself but I am sure you will uncover some epic spots that haven’t yet been posted on social media.
Let me know if you end up hiking around Mount Lempuyang and please share with me your experience and photos. I will be happy to feature them in this blog post.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Because this temple is a sacred religious site, you have to know that there are some common rules for visiting that you must respect and abide by.
- Your legs and shoulders must be covered to enter the temple
- No kissing is allowed as it’s a Hindu temple
- No drones are permitted
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PENATARAN LEMPUYANG
Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang is the official name and it’s said to be the most highly regarded Hindu temple in all of Bali. Pretty impressive, right?!
The temples of Mount Lempuyang, represented by the highest Pura (temple) on the peak of the mountain, Pura Lempuyang Luhur, is one of the ‘six sanctuaries of the world’, the six holiest places of worship in Bali.
According to Balinese beliefs, the temples on Lempuyang Mountain are pivotal points of the island and are said to provide spiritual balance to Bali.
The famed Bali Gates Of Heaven is known as a candi bentar (split gate) which marks the entrance to the main temple and a passageway into the religious compound.
Puja Wali Festival (Pura’s anniversary) of Lempuyang is held once every 6 months on a Thursday, typically one day after the Galungan festival.
The stairway to heaven
Despite the popularity of this attraction, I am sure you will be able to enjoy it with or without the crowds as this is truly one of the most incredible places to see in Bali.
It’s not something you get to see every day, especially due to its unique location sitting right in front of Bali’s highest and holiest peak, Mount Agung!
I have visited on two occasions and each time I was lucky enough to witness insane colors being sprayed across the sky at sunrise with Mount Agung sitting prominently in the backdrop.
If you’re looking for a day trip away from the main tourist hubs such as Canggu, Seminyak, and Ubud, then definitely make the effort to travel out to Karangasem and check off this temple from your Bali bucket list!
Mount Agung in East Bali
WHERE TO STAY NEAR GATES OF HEAVEN BALI
I would recommend spending a couple of days in the small coastal town of Amed when visiting Pura Lempuyang Luhur. From Amed to the Bali Gates of Heaven, it’s approximately a thirty-minute drive.
Amed has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay in Amed to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.
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WHERE TO NEXT?
Ubud is not too far away from this location and boasts many amazing things to do such as rainforest yoga retreats, traditional arts and crafts, other-worldly rice terraces, raging waterfalls, monkey forests, and much more.
Ubud is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature for a few days away from the rat race. Whether you want to unwind and relax or adventure and explore, Ubud offers the best of both worlds.
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