Pura Tirta Empul Temple

Attraction Pura Tirta Empul Temple Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
08:00 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
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Nature
Must see
Kids
Architecture
Temple & Monument
1.15 USD

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Pura Tirta Empul is considered as one of the most important temples in Bali because of its sacredness and remarkable beauty.

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Why Pura Tirta Empul Temple is special ?

The complex, built circa 960 AD, is also a silent witness to the old Balinese kingdom years, particularly at the time of the Warmadewa Dynasty. Another nearby and prominent site on top of a hill is the presidential palace, Istana Tampaksiring, built during the years of the nation’s first president, Soekarno.


Tirta Empul, meaning ‘holy water spring’ is actually the name of a water source located within the temple. The spring feeds various purification baths, pools and fish ponds surrounding the outer perimeter, which all flow to the Tukad Pakerisan River. Various sites throughout the region and many other archaeological relics relate to local myths and legends.


As is common with Balinese temples, the Tirta Empul Temple complex has three key divisions, namely a front, secondary and inner courtyard. Visitors to Tirta Empul first come upon the lush gardens and pathways adorned with statues and tropical plants that lead to its entrance. After stepping through this typical 'candi bentar' (temple gate), a vast walled courtyard welcomes visitors to the bathing pools where a large 'wantilan' meeting hall stands at the right.


Inside the central courtyard, referred to as ‘madya mandala’ or ‘jaba tengah’, pilgrims first approach a rectangular purification bath where a total of 13 elaborately sculpted spouts that line the edge from west to east. After solemn prayers at an altar-like shrine, they proceed to enter the crystal-clear, cold mountain water. With hands pressed together, they bow under the gushing water of the first spout, carrying on to the eleventh. The water from the last two of the 13 spouts is meant for purification purposes in funerary rites.


The myth behind the curative and purifying spring tells of a Balinese ruler, known by the title Mayadenawa, who is depicted to have defied the influence of Hinduism and denied his subjects religious prayers and practices. The legend goes that this eventually angered the gods, and in a campaign, god Indra sought Mayadenawa’s subdual.


Source: http://www.bali-indonesia.com

What to explore at Pura Tirta Empul Temple?

Tirtha Empul Temple is an ancient temple in Bali famous for its holy water which is used for spiritual reasons. The temple is over a thousand years old and features a spring which feeds a pond through several spouts. Moreover, the temple itself is a beautiful traditional Balinese architecture with split gate and shrines to Hindu gods, and a big pavilion in the courtyard.

Tirta Empul is divided into 3 courtyards. At the first courtyard there is also the pool for public bathing and even tourists can enter the pool. The water source at Tirta Empul is believed to be the source of life and prosperity.

How to get to Pura Tirta Empul Temple?

Pura Tirta Empul Temple is located in Tampark Siring and in the middle between Ubud and Kintamani, so you can access by local private chartered van or from the airport for 1 hour 30 minute by car.

Selling points

  • Unique Balinese experience
  • Deeply spiritual holy water spring
  • Stunning temple with a lot of green
  • Outstanding cultural event
  • Amazing temple with memorable sights
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Tips for you

  • You should bring a sarong and sash, towel, a change of dry clothes and rent a locker in the changing room. Just follow the long line of people in the spring and you will feel so purified and refreshed.
    What to bring
  • You should bring a sarong and sash, towel, a change of dry clothes and rent a locker in the changing room. Just follow the long line of people in the spring and you will feel so purified and refreshed.
    What to bring
  • Similar to other temples you visit in Bali, you can’t wear shorts or short skirts.
    What to wear
  • Similar to other temples you visit in Bali, you can’t wear shorts or short skirts.
    What to wear
  • If you want to take photos, remember to give some respect to the devotees while they are praying. use your zooming features or lens for the purposes. Please do go near at aim the camera straights in front of them.
    Rule
  • If you want to take photos, remember to give some respect to the devotees while they are praying. use your zooming features or lens for the purposes. Please do go near at aim the camera straights in front of them.
    Rule
  • During their Piodalan ceremony, you will have opportunity to see the whole village descended to the temple, wearing the traditional Baju Adat, carrying various canang and dupa, and praying.
    Culture
  • You should visit the temple first before you bath because you won't be allowed to go in with wet clothes.
    Culture
  • During their Piodalan ceremony, you will have opportunity to see the whole village descended to the temple, wearing the traditional Baju Adat, carrying various canang and dupa, and praying.
    Culture
  • You should visit the temple first before you bath because you won't be allowed to go in with wet clothes.
    Culture
  • The best time to come for a purification ritual is early morning before crowd.
    Timming
  • The best time to come for a purification ritual is early morning before crowd.
    Timming
  • Take extra clothes if you want to bath with locals
    Other
  • You can dip yourself into the holy water pool and there are lockers available to lock your belongings.
    Other
  • The temple complex also has a kitchen and dining hall where the devotees could eat.
    Other
  • You have to participate in a meditation before entering the cleansing pools.
    Other
  • You should visit with a guide - not only for the valuable cultural explanations, but also to avoid paying excessive fees and "donations."
    Other
  • Take extra clothes if you want to bath with locals
    Other
  • You can dip yourself into the holy water pool and there are lockers available to lock your belongings.
    Other
  • The temple complex also has a kitchen and dining hall where the devotees could eat.
    Other
  • You have to participate in a meditation before entering the cleansing pools.
    Other
  • You should visit with a guide - not only for the valuable cultural explanations, but also to avoid paying excessive fees and "donations."
    Other
  • If you don’t have cash, there is a ATM station next to the toilet.
    Experience
  • If you don’t have cash, there is a ATM station next to the toilet.
    Experience
  • Parking fee is IDR 5.000
    Parking
  • Parking fee is IDR 5.000
    Parking
  • For only a few dollars you will be given a sarong to wear (if your clothes are above the knee) and a guide (Jana is a good guide)
    Prices
  • For only a few dollars you will be given a sarong to wear (if your clothes are above the knee) and a guide (Jana is a good guide)
    Prices
  • People also visit neighboring Guning Kawi or the Elephant Cave.
    Things nearby
  • People also visit neighboring Guning Kawi or the Elephant Cave.
    Things nearby

Reviews

TripAdvisor View more

We visited this temple in the middle of the day, and it was beautiful. Rumored to have been built around 900AD, this temple features a beautiful water spring that bubbles from the ground and creates a magical look as swirling sand moves around the area the water enters the pool. There is an adjacent bathing area where you can bathe in the water. Supposedly the water is also drinkable, but we neglected to take our chances. Regardless, we did take a dip, and the water was a refreshing and cool break from the heat and humidity of the mid day. Those waters must really be blessed, because the rest of our trip (and the journey back home) was full of relaxation, fun, delicious food and sights we will not soon forget! ;)

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Tirta Empul Holy spring water temple is located about 700 meters above sea level, the situation is fantastic, green there are some big trees around that make this place more relax and special, i cant say anything more, I love this place so much, for sure i will go there in other time for bathing also blessing ceremony.

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I did not enjoy my stay in that temple as i was a victim by theft and robbery.I was confident that our things were safe inside the locker near the shower area but aftr i went back my iphone and dslr were stolen already.when we checked it on their cctv we found out that a local visitor forcely open our locker and stole our things.No police report was made because the administration of the temple decided to pay as half of the total cost of our gadgets.But im still disappointed thinking that the place is sacred in their community and yet there are people like that

TripAdvisor View more

We visited this temple in the middle of the day, and it was beautiful. Rumored to have been built around 900AD, this temple features a beautiful water spring that bubbles from the ground and creates a magical look as swirling sand moves around the area the water enters the pool. There is an adjacent bathing area where you can bathe in the water. Supposedly the water is also drinkable, but we neglected to take our chances. Regardless, we did take a dip, and the water was a refreshing and cool break from the heat and humidity of the mid day. Those waters must really be blessed, because the rest of our trip (and the journey back home) was full of relaxation, fun, delicious food and sights we will not soon forget! ;)

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Visitors are allowed to take a bath in the pond which has clear water. The unstoppable water flow is believed to be able to cure any kinds of diseases.

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