One of the very few historical sites tucked away among Kuta's traffic chaos and "surfer's paradise" excitement is the Vihara Dharmayana Kuta temple. This ancient Chinese Buddhist temple has a distinguished history; the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Tenzin Gyatso, visited it along with other Buddhist sites in Bali during his international tour in 1982. It is one of the most beautiful temples to visit in Bali; add it to your Bali package.
The temple, known locally as Kongco Leeng Gwan Kuta or simply "Kongco Kuta," is located approximately a kilometer east of Kuta Beach. Due to its location on a corner of the one-way Jalan Blambangan, which is frequently clogged with traffic, it is rather unnoticeable. Its vivid red walls and artwork make it simple to identify.
The best temple in Bali is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, so one can be guaranteed to feel peaceful and quiet when entering. Under the banyan tree in the temple, where prayers are presented to the "Four-Faced Buddha," is the holiest area of worship. A lot of people also provide various kinds of incense, which enhances the location's spiritual ambiance.
The "Bakitsala" building, which is shaped like an oasis, is located in the center of the temple. This is a true beauty. The main highlight is the big round lanterns dangling from the roof and upheld by massive pillars surrounded by dragon figures. The temple also has other dangerous creatures, such as lions.
All of this makes the temple a sacred location where many couples visit to marry and get blessings for their new lives. A smaller temple called 'Dharamshala' adjoins the temple, where many families pray to various deities. This temple also has a stunning mural depicting 'Borobudur,' the world's largest Buddhist temple. It is one of the best attractions in Bali.
During the Chinese Lunar New Year, many distinct events and festivities take place at Vihara Dharmayana Temple, including the "Barongsai" (Lion Dance) and Naga Liong or dragon dances.
Vihara Dharmayana Temple, one of the must visit places in Bali, is only 4 kilometers from Denpasar International Airport. If you have plans in and around Kuta, you can easily reach the temple. From Kuta Beach Bali, which is roughly 1.2 km, you can take a leisurely stroll and locate the temple using Google Maps. When traveling from other locations, rent a scooter or hire taxi services or Gojek.
The temple will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The best time to visit Vihara Dharmayana Temple is until sunset, which is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will need a good 30 minutes to go around the entire temple.
The most popular beach in Bali is Kuta Beach. Kuta, located just minutes from Bali International Airport, attracts hundreds of people to its golden sands and surf waves, making it one of Bali's bustling and nicest beaches. Kuta Beach is well-known for its breathtaking sunsets and exciting nightlife. It is also a popular scuba diving and surfing destination in Bali. A short boat trip from the famous Kuta Beach, there are several world-class diving destinations.
Waterbom Bali is the number one waterpark located in south Kuta and offers an exciting water-filled day for families and friends visiting the island. There are thrilling activities for everyone, from the soothing "Lazy River" to the adrenaline-pumping 20-meter-tall "Boomerang." The Waterbom Park's rides range from moderate to intense slides. The park is also designed to look like a jungle in order to provide ample shade to protect visitors from the hot sun. Lifeguards supervise and assist on all of the rides. Because Waterbom Bali caters to all age groups, it is one of the most popular attractions in Bali for families.
Vihara Dharmayana Kuta Temple offers a serene and culturally significant experience in Bali. With its beautiful architecture and peaceful atmosphere, it provides a sanctuary for spiritual reflection and appreciation of Balinese heritage. Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the tranquility and history of this sacred temple.
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