History of the Taman Ayun Temple :-
"The Hindu temple of Taman Ayun is one of the six royal temples of Bali; this group of temples are second in importance only to the Mother temple at Besakih. It is situated near the town of Mengwi, which lies some 16 kilometres, or 10 miles, north-west of Denpasar, the island's capital city.
The full name of the temple, in the Balinese language, is "Pura Taman Ayun", which translates as "Garden Temple in the Water". It is surrounded by a narrow and artificial moat, which is planted with the lotus flowers significant in several Eastern religions. It is also surrounded more distantly by a river, on an island within which it was built.
The temple is entered through a traditional Balinese split gate. Gates of this design are common in temples in Bali; it is traditionally believed that if an evil spirit attempts to enter the temple by passing between the two halves of the gate, they will come together and crush the invading spirit." Source from here.
"This very pleasing temple was built in 1634 by the King of Mengwi as his family temple. The terraced courtyards of the temple are set in very well maintained grounds, surrounded by man-made waterways and entered over a bridge."
daily 8AM-6PM and the entrance fee is rp.3,000 per person.
The temple is surrounded by beautiful streams (you can view from the Google Earth picture below) and the area made me felt peaceful! Every entrance design of the Bali's temple are almost the same...as you can see it from the photo below.
The Entrance of the Taman Ayun Temple
After the main entrance, there was a big green field. On the right end of the field, there was a tower, according to our driver cum tour guide - Mr Agoes...the purpose of the tower is to call everybody to gather together whenever there's a ceremony by the temple.
Before we can climb up the tower, we gotta wait for this 3 pretty ladies...
The staircase to the top was steep!
On top of the tower, there were 2 wooden bar that act like a giant bell!
The wooden bar on top of the tower
The view was really nice! I was busy snapping around...
The passageway that we walked into the temple
And it's continue to another smaller field...
We meet a small hut beside the temple, it was some kind of Art Center of the Temple. Many painting were displayed and all for sale.
The painting on the wall
The Barong of Bali
There were many Pagoda (above) within the temple
It is surrounded by the Lotus
The temple tour was having one round of walking of the temple...and suddenly there was a surprised! 2 couples from Malaysia or Singapore (I guess it from their conversation) were having their wedding photo album shooting within the temple! Good choice, I think...:)
The tour spend about an hour and we continue to our second spot of the day - Ulun Danu Temple at Beratan Lake!
Bali 5 days 4 nights trip :-
* My Bali Trip on June 2010 (D1)
* Harris Resort at Kuta, Bali (D1)
* Made's Warung at Kuta Beach Road (Jalan Pantai Kuta), Kuta - Bali (D1)
* Babi Guling (Suckling pig) of Warung Ibu Oka at Ubud town, Bali (D2)
* Palace opposite Warung Ibu Oka at Ubud, Bali (D2)
* Tegallalang Rice Terrace at North Ubud Town, Bali (D2)
* Kintamani and Mount Batur at North Bali, Indonesia (D2)
* Fruit Stall around Kintamani area, Bali (D2)
* BAS Coffee Farm at Bali, Indonesia (D2)
* TJ's Mexican Bar and Restaurant at Kuta, Bali (D2)
* The Kuta Beach of Bali, Indonesia (D3)
* Strawberry Park at Candikuning beside Beratan Lake - Bali, Indonesia (D3)
* Pura Ulun Danau (Temple) at Bratan Lake, Bali (D3)
* Pacung Indah Hotel And Restaurant at Bali (D3)
* One of the Famous Balinese Seven Sea Temples - Tanah Lot Temple of Bali (D3)
* Bebek Bengil - The Dirty Duck Diner at Ubud, Bali (D3)
* The Legian Street (Jalan) at Kuta, Bali (D3)
* Bali Collection at Nusa Dua, Bali (D4)
* Garuda Wisnu Kencana at Bukit Peninsula of Bali, Indonesia (D4)
* Pura Luhur Uluwatu (Temple) at South Bali, Indonesia (D4)
* Lia Cafe Seafood Restaurant at Jimbaran Bay, Bali (D4)
* Our Bali Humble Driver - Mr Agoes (D4)
* Farewell Bali Island! (D5)
Location map of Pura Taman Ayun (Temple) at Bali, Indonesia