Pura Lempuyang – Temple With A View Of Mt Agung

Pura Lempuyang (or Lempuyang Temple) is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Bali. It is also one of the oldest and holiest Hindu temples worth going to when traveling to this tropical island.

Pura Lempuyang - Temple With A View Of Mt Agung Bali
Pura Lempuyang – Temple With A View Of Mt Agung (Bali).

This sacred temple is two hours drive away from Canggu (during a pandemic). The picturesque ride on your way up there is one to be enjoyed with such delight.

Tourist attractions in Bali
Tourist attractions in Bali

Visiting Lempuyang Temple during the pandemic has its good and bad side. There were only very few people (close to none) when we were there.

Tourist attractions in Bali
Tourist attractions in Bali

On the other hand, not every temple was open.

Tourist attractions in Bali
Tourist attractions in Bali

I was looking forward to climbing the 1,700 steps leading to the main temple but we were told that it was closed. And yet, we paid the whole entrance fee and they never told us that not all temples were open.

Pura Lempuyang Temple Bali
Lempuyang Temple (Bali)

Perhaps, the most recognizable part of the temple is the “Gate of Heaven.” It has a stunning view of Mount Agung in the background.

Lempuyang Tempe Gate of Heaven Bali
Gate of Heaven (Bali)

Lempuyang Temple is definitely the most photographed temple gate on the whole island of Bali.

Temple Gate of Heaven Pura Lempuyang Bali
Gate of Heaven (Bali).

Do you know why? It’s because of this mirrored photo below. You must know that there’s no crystal clear lake in front of this famed gate.

Gate of Heaven Temple Bali
Gate of Heaven (Bali)

It looks like you are floating because the camera guy used a mirror to reflect the sky.

Gate of Heaven Mt Agung
The Gate of Heaven with Mt Agung as a background.

I have no doubt that this is a tourist trap is the reason that many Instagram/social media users go here.

Pura Lempuyang Bali
Tourist attractions in Bali

Though the highest temple was closed, visitors were still allowed to go up to the topmost stair.

Things to do in Karangasem (Bali)
Things to do in Karangasem (Bali)

Just like any other temples in Bali, non-Hindus aren’t allowed to use the middle stairs. You have to use one of the stairs on both sides.

Things to do in Karangasem Bali
Things to do in Karangasem (Bali)

And also, visitors must wear a sarong when going in. You can borrow one from the ticket booth but it is much better if you use/bring your own.

Pura Lempuyang (Bali)
Things to do in Karangasem (Bali)

Pura Lempuyang is a nice place to visit on a sunny day to see the picturesque views around. The eastern side of Bali is known for its dramatic nature views – and in this temple, you will find some of them.

Where to Stay in Bali

There are many places to choose from in Bali. Depending on your accommodation taste/style and budget, there’s something for everyone. But then, you need to remember that Bali is a tourist destination island, so prices can be expensive in many ways – for a budget solo traveler. If can drive a scooter, rent one for a day/week/month. There’s no public transport in Bali (none that I know of), but Grab bike is cheap. You can book a guesthouse, hotel, hostel, or private/shared villa on the following websites: HostelWorldBooking.com, and CTrip.


A wanderer. A frustrated photographer. Hiker. Lover. Half extrovert, half introvert. Solo traveler.

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