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.
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.
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.
On the other hand, not every temple was open.
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.
Perhaps, the most recognizable part of the temple is the “Gate of Heaven.” It has a stunning view of Mount Agung in the background.
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.
It looks like you are floating because the camera guy used a mirror to reflect the sky.
I have no doubt that this is a tourist trap is the reason that many Instagram/social media users go here.
Though the highest temple was closed, visitors were still allowed to go up until the topmost stair.
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.
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 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.
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, private/shared villa on the following website: HostelWorld, Booking, TripAdvisor, CTrip, and Expedia.