Tirta Empul Temple
- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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While Bali's other temples may be larger or more jaw-dropping, Tirta Empul Temple possess a unique serenity that cannot be matched. This active prayer site inspires both Balinese Hindus and visitors of different beliefs. While there are several shrines and other structures on the premises, the temple's tranquility is best seen in the large rectangular pool at the complex's center. You'll see worshippers enter the water to pray, so be respectful of the Balinese customs and do not disrupt them. One TripAdvisor user says, "This temple is beautiful, a lot of water, green trees and plants, and a lot of locals with rituals. It's money well spent to get all the way here from Kuta."
This ancient temple can be visited from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Recent visitors report a variety of admission fees: You should expect to pay around 15,000 IDR (about $1.65 USD). Travelers often visit Tirta Empul Temple on their way to or from Kintamani or the Elephant Safari Park. The site is most easily reached with a rental car and takes about an hour from Kuta. However, you can also book guided tours that depart from all over Bali.