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4 – Lempuyang Temple
4 – Lempuyang Temple
- Nusa Dua: 100 km / 2 h 55 min
- Kuta: 96 km / 2 h 50 min
- Seminyak: 95 km / 2 h 50 min
- Sanur: 93 km / 2 h 40 min
- Ubud: 76 km / 2 h 30 min
- Singaraja: 88 km / 2 h 25 min
Entrance: IDR 25,000 per person
Pura LuhurLempuyang, also known as the “Stairways to Heaven”, is located halfway between Amlapura and Amed, on Bali’s east side. Seven temples in total are built along a stairway to the peak of the mountain. The climb up the 1700 steps will take about an hour and a half. The best time of day to conquer this challenge is early morning; not only because it’s the coolest and quietest part of day, but also because the morning views from the summit are truly spectacular. If it’s not cloudy you see Mount Agung, Bali’s highest mountain, as well as Mount Rinjani, the highest mountain on the neighbouring island of Lombok. It’s not hard to guess that this temple is one of the nine directional temples of Bali, is it?
On your ascent, you will pass several other temples, which are all worth a quick visit, just so you can catch your breath! While you’re climbing the path to your final destination at about 1200 metres above sea level, you will have plenty of opportunities to buy drinks and snacks from the locals, who are selling their goods at regular intervals on the way to the top. But be aware of the monkeys; do not eat or drink when these nasty buggers are around, because they love to put up a fight for food, drinks or anything else that is shiny (sunglasses, hats, etc). Believe us when we say this is not a battle you want to fight, so better be safe than sorry and stay away from the monkeys. When you finally arrive at the top, take a moment to take in the sensational panoramic views over the city of Amed, Mount Agung and the ocean. The temple itself is unremarkable, but you will often find people praying here as it serves an important religious purpose, hence you are expected to adhere to Balinese temple etiquette. Did you know that it’s believed that pilgrims with a heavy heart will never make it to the top? This most likely explains the spiritual aspect of the climb. Locals take the walk up to the temple very seriously and every step is taken with pride and dedication. For them it’s a spiritual journey that one shouldn’t complain about and they don’t like hearing others complaining about. After all, nobody is forced to come up here.
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