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Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple of Bali". Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1000 metres (3000 feet)Pura Besakih is the paramount Hindu temple on Bali. Located high on the slopes of the volcano Mt. Agung, it has developed over more than a thousand years into a great complex of 22 separate temples, the largest and central being Pura Penataran Agung. The annual cycle of more than 70 rituals, which symbolically link the temples into a whole, culminates in the centenary ceremony called Ekadasa Rudra, last held in 1979. The temple complex, state-supported since the 15th century, has undergone a series of architectural and ritual changes.
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Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Indonesia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The entrance ticket of IDR60k per pax to this mother temple of Bali is inclusive of the sarong, motorbike ride to the temple entrance, and a tour guide. No discount for bringing your own sarong. The motorbike is only one-way up to the entrance. You...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I visited the temple last month and their tour guide was very informative when it came to telling us about the history of the temple. It is definitively worth the visit if you want to take in some history and culture.

Thank D89R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a bad luck with the weather (raining) and therefore we weren’t able to see the beautiful surrounding of this temple. But that’s not the temples fault. It is very nice place with great atmosphere. The bad thing is that the locals are spoiling...More

Thank Filip C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been travelling for 10 months already in Asia and this temple is among the ones that we liked the most. We didn't need to face any of these scams as we didn't go through the main road but through the eastern one. We...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the temple complex. There are lots of stairs and I recommend taking a casual stroll right around the complex to enjoy the pagodas from a variety of different angles. Make sure you bring your sarong and comfortable shoes. There...More

Thank Elizabeth_and_David
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing views from this large temple. There is a lot to see and do. But beware, women as soon as you enter will harass you to buy things (do not touch or they will make you buy). The guide we had asked for more than...More

Thank Eliza P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the largest and mother temple in Bali dating back more than 1000 years. Located within 3km from Mount Agung and on its foot hill. The temple got its name from the village called Besakih where it is located. There are also two sub-temples...More

1  Thank GolakaNath
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All temples in Bali are unique .. Besakih is different because of it sheer size and area and number of temple structures within the complex. The environment surrounding the temple complex is cool and the views are fantastic. They also have good souvenir shops on...More

Thank Ajithsiv
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place itself is wonderful and has a breathtaking view. The entrance fee includes free saroong, guide and one way up to the temple. But you canbring your own saroong for the sake of good pics. 😊 After arrive, some women will sell you flower...More

Thank Angel E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

the temple itself is beautiful and the place could be special but we as a tourists were there just to give as much money we could, on every step you were pushed to buy something even small kids were selling postcards and crying so you...More

1  Thank veronikakop
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hands1987
20 December 2017|
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Response from Rudi M | Reviewed this property |
Open as of January 2018, but on stand by should the volcano erupt again.
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Magdalena S
29 October 2017|
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Response from didik s | Reviewed this property |
Government still set 6-7.5 danger radius from Mount Agung including Besakih...but the danger status has been lowered...
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Myo M
8 October 2017|
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