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Pura Lempuyang Luhur Temple – Gateway to Heaven in Bali

The Pura Lempuyang Luhur is one of the most revered temples in Bali. It is situated in the central-eastern end of Bali and is 1,175m above the sea level on the Mount Lempuyang. The Pura Lempuyang Luhur Temple is considered to be a collection of temples along the mountain range with the main temple at the mountain peak. One has to climb close to 1700 stairs to reach the Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple in the mountain peak with mountain views and Balinese monkeys giving company along the way.

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The Highlights Of Pura Lempuyang Luhur Temple

The Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple is situated in the peak of the Mt. Lempuyang. The mountain is divided into three important parts called the Sang Ananta Boga, Sang Naga Basuki and Sang Naga Tasaka which are dedicated to Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva respectively. It is believed that only the sincere and respectful with strong faith, courage, and heart make it to the top. The Balinese people believe that one should not complain about the strenuous climb and if someone does, they will not reach the top of the mountain. These beliefs tell us the significance of the temple in the culture of the island.

Post a two-hour hike on the Mt. Lempuyang, you can reach the Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple on the mountain peak. The temple offers beautiful views of the valleys and provides a heavenly atmosphere. The temple premises are divided into inner, middle and outer sanctums also known as Utamaning Mandala, Jaba Tengah Mandala and the Jaba Pisan Mandala.

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The Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple is considered to be a part of the Sad Kahyangan or also known as the “The Six Sanctuaries of the World” in Bali which are believed to provide spiritual balance to the Island. The temple is also part of the group of temples known as the Pura Kahyangan Padma Buwana marked for each of the eight cardinal directions. The Pura Lempuyang Luhur denotes the direction east and the colour white which are associated with the Balinese god Iswara.

The two arches of the Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple have also become famous on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook for providing the picture-perfect Bali moment. This makes the hike worth it for couples and photographers who want to capture the moment on their Bali vacation.

How to get to Pura Lempuyang Luhur Temple

The Pura Lempuyang Luhur Temple is located in the Central Eastern Karangasem province of Bali.

The Temple is best reached on-road and the recommended mode of transportation is by car. You can prebook a car hire and visit the temple. It is approximately a 2-hour journey from Ubud, Sanur or Kuta.

It is suggested to stay Ubud, as it is the most populous and the most comfortable of the locations to visit the temple from. If you are looking for an offbeat stay, you can also choose to stay at the beautiful Amed beach in eastern Bali. The Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple is a 30-minute drive from the beach area.

Pura Lempuyang Entrance Fees & Donations

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The entry to them Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple is free for both locals and foreign visitors.

However, you can choose to donate a small amount of money to the temple which will be used for the maintenance of the temple.

10,000 to 30,000 IDR is considered as a nominal amount to donate to the temple and it is equal to paying the entrance fee for other temples in Bali.

Pura Lempuyang Temple Opening Hours

The temple is open from 9:00 Am to 6 Pm for visitors. To experience the Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple in all it’s glory, it is recommended to visit the temple during the golden hours of sunrise or sunset.

An early start is always a great way to beat the crowd. As the Temple is not the most easily accessible place in Bali, it has lesser tourists visiting compared to the other temples.

Tips to Visiting Pura Lempuyang Luhur


1. Reaching the Pura Lempayung Luhur Temple involves a solid 2-hour hike. Make sure you are prepared for the hike with the right shoes and attire. Make sure to remove the shoes before entering the temple.

2. Take your time to enjoy the journey to the Temple. Do not miss checking out the mountain views on the way.

3. Respect the dress code that needs to be maintained for temples. Make sure you always wear a sarong and your legs and shoulders are covered.

4. Make sure to capture an Insta-worthy picture of yourself at the Gateway of Heaven.

A visit to the Pura Lempuyang Temple can be planned as a full-day excursion to the eastern part of Bali, covering the beaches, nearby attractions such as Tirta Gangga water gardens. I would recommend to prebook a 10-hour private car hour and have the car at your disposal as you explore at your own pace. 

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