Immersed in spiritual beauty, the Gunung Kawi Temple situated at the bottom of a lush green river valley is Bali’s oldest and one of the most ancient temples in Bali. This temple is one of the least visited by tourists and hence maintains it’s natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere. It features luxuriant gardens around ponds filled with carp and blooming lotuses and ancient shrines bordered by crystal vibrant pools nourished by natural springs.
Gunung Kawi temple is the oldest and largest ancient landmarks monuments in Bali. The temple located at the green river valley bottom and this makes you need to climb around 272 stairs way from the ticket counter. Don’t worry, and you will not get bored when getting down the stair because surrounding area offers beautiful scenery of terrace rice field.
The History of Gunung Kawi Bali
Before we write about interesting things to see in Gunung Kawi Temple Bali, it will be better if we write a bit about the history of Gunung Kawi Bali. Gunung Kawi Temple Bali is one of culture conservation as well as Ubud tourist attractions. The buildings in Gunung Kawi Temple is a Balinese Hindu shrine which built in 11 century.
At Gunung Kawi Ubud Bali, there are shrines which carved on the stone slope at the height of 8 meters with total number 10 reliquaries. The purpose of building this shrines is to worship King Udayana Warmadewa. The interpretation of intent to create Gunung Kawi shrines based on the manuscript found on Gunung Kawi Ubud Bali.
There are three group of reliquaries in Gunung Kawi Temple, first is a group of Lima shrines. It is called Lima shrines because there are five sepulchers carved on the east slope and those reliquaries face westward. This group of shrines dedicated to King Udayana and Anak Wungsu.
The second group is named Empat shrines, located on the west side of Gunung Kawi Bali. This group of shrines dedicated to mistresses of Anak Wungsu. Meanwhile, on the southwest side, there is only one shrine or called the tenth reliquary. This reliquary devoted to the prime minister on the reign of Anak Wungsu.
Gunung Kawi temple located at Jl. Pejeng, Tampak Siring Ubud Bali. The old temple location, near Pakerisan river, in Tampak Siring area which is at the north-east of Ubud tourist attractions.
Every temple in Bali that you would like to enter, required for each guest to use Sarong and Shawl tie at the waist. You can buy this Sarong, or you can rent it at the ticket counter. Some temple offers free rental of Sarong + Shawl, and some are not. To wear sarong and shawl when entering Balinese temple, represent visitor modesty and respect to the temple, so don’t forget to wear it when you have Bali sightseeing tour to ancient Balinese Hindu temple!