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Taman Ayun Temple Mengwi

Taman Ayun Temple Mengwi the very unique and beautiful temple of Royal King Mengwi . Recently awarded as one of the world heritage site by UNESCO .

Taman Ayun Temple Mengwi  is a royal king Mengwi’s family temple . Aproximately 18 km from Denpasar . Taman in Indonesian word mean garden and Ayun from word ayunan which is mean floating in Balinese . This temple are build inside the wide moat , a man made moat that use for irrigation source .

“Above is the pictures of the temple from outside , we can see a big created moat surround the temple area “.

Every temple in Bali has its own characteristics . Depending of which area the temple are build . Taman Ayun Mengwi Temple has its own unique design compare than other temple in Bali island . The temple surrounded by wide moat and large garden . Beautiful green grass at the first and second yard of the temple . In other part by the moat side and behind the temple is a big threes garden . Some tropical local fruits such as giant mangoo threes , water guava threes , kanto Lampo , Sentul , Boni and also many more .
From the parking area we walk through the giant gate to the temple . Pass through the bridge over the moat into another gate to the first  yard of the temple .  On the right side after the first yard gate’s entrance , there is a big open building . The building has unique traditional architecture , using coconut wood as a Pillar , bamboos and Alang Alang grass for the roof material  . In the center of the open building there’s small arena for cockfighting . I don’t know if they still use for cockfighting even for this day . On this arena we only see the statues of cockfighting even . Two man holding his roster and another three man statues . One  in charge as a referee and another two is the money keeper of the gamblers .

Taman Ayun Temple
The big gate outside when we enter the Temple area . All this pictures are taken outside the temple , at the first entrance by the main street

Taman Ayun Temple Mengwi

At the out yard of the temple is just a big green grass garden . There are also few small shrine and water fountain . After the first yard we will enter another gate to the second yard of the temple . The second yard also with big green grass yard areas and some building including Bali Kulkul ( traditional wooden belt placed on the high building ) .
In the main yard of the temple where we can’t enter is the holiest part of the temple . There are many tall shrine with black roof made out palm hair threes . This shrine we call MERU , the number of roof of each shrine are different . Its from 1 roof until the highest 11 roof , all in odd number . Meru is the shrine in some specific temple is a place to worship a God on his different manifestation . Mainly in Bali we worship as Lord Brahma the creator , Lord Wisnu the protector and Siva or Iswara as a God of destroyer . Other than the shrine that dedicated to God manifestation , there are few shrine to worship the King family ancestor .

Taman Ayun Temple Mengwi
The main shrine that we call MERU in the main yard of the temple . The pictures taken from outside the wall from the walking path around the Temple .

In this main yard of the temple we can’t actually enter but we walk along the small walking trek outside the temple wall . The wall isn’t so high and were set to be able to see inside from outside the wall . There are also a stopping place right in the middle behind the Temple where we can make a good picture with the temple behind us . This walking path will back to the entrance gate of the temple .

Taman Ayun Temple Mengwi
Walking in the garden behind the Temple is such a refreshing moment with fresh air and under the shade of some big threes . 

About Taman Ayun Temple

Taman Ayun Temple Mengwi is a family the temple of royal king’s Mengwi . Built around 16 century by I Gusti Agung Putu , the founder of Mengwi Kingdom .  The temple located in the center of Mengwi district , about 18 km from Denpasar city . in 1937 there were a big restoration , followed by another at 1949 for the main gate restoration and also built the big building call Wantiln at the outer yard of the Temple . Another big restoration were in 1972 to 1976 were the last restoration .
Originally Taman Ayun Mengwi Temple is just a small Temple of the king family temple to worship their ancestor . But since the Kingdom grow bigger and consider one of the biggest kingdom in Bali , than the King move the temple to the east to have a bigger space . From the small family temple than become a big temple to worship a God manifestation that also use for the kingdom’s peoples to worship the God .

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Taman Ayun Mengwi Temple Tour

We organize a great tour itinerary program to Mengwi temple . The temple is actually located in a very strategic location , mean it can easily combine with many tour direction such as .
  • Ubud Tanah Lot Tour
    A full day tour to combine Ubud area and Tanah Lot temple . Along the way to Tanah Lot temple before the sunset we will stop at this temple . Taman Ayun temple Mengwi just located along the way from Ubud to tanah Lot . See the tour details here
  • Bedugul Bali Country Side Tour
    Another full day tour toward Bedugul area , to the lake Beratan to visit another magnificent temple which is also built by the King . Ulun Danu Temple , the temple by the western rim of Beratan lake . During this trip Taman ayun Temple Mengwi is the first stop than combine with visiting Jatiluwih Greenland and also Tanah Lot temple .
  • Tanah Lot Sunset Tour
    Taman Ayun Temple Mengwi as the first stop of a half day trip to see the great sunset at Tanah Lot Temple . Also combine by visiting Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest
About the Author
Hii All Thank you for reading my article . My name is Made from Bali Island , I am a private driver and tour guide in Bali . writing an article about our culture and tradition , beauty and interesting place to visit is my hobby . My article is far from perfect but wish can help anyone who read to find a new idea where to go for vacation .
  1. Veethee Dixit Reply

    This temple is so amidst in nature. I love to visit places like this!Moreover, the environment of a temple relaxes me in a way I can’t explain. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful experience.
    Regards: Veethee

  2. Kallia Reply

    So much history! It’s wonderful to read and dream about new places, so thank you! The tour looks very well thought out and it looks beautiful!

  3. Aditya Reply

    I had heard one or two things about it.Especially Tanah Lot one. I did not know it is related to Taman Ayu Temple. But I want to know about this MERU Case.

  4. Familyearthtrek Reply

    I cant belive that we didnt stay longer in Balk to explore! After been reading many of your post about Bali I wish to go back there now! The shrine really look special with the tall roof. Is several store inside or just high ceiling?

  5. Laura dove Reply

    Oh wow what an amazing place to visit! The temple looks fantastic and your photos are lovely!

  6. Mayuri Reply

    This temple in the middle of nature looks beautiful. I wish to travel to Bali someday! Great post 🙂

  7. Kailash Joshi Reply

    I always love to visit places like this, Indonesia has a great history, this temple is just beautiful and photos are great.

  8. Ana De- Jesus Reply

    How crazy I wrote about Bali the other day and mentioned how peaceful their temples were, especially with Tanah Lot which by the way is one of the most beautiful spiritual and religious sites I have seen. You must feel so lucky to be able to offer such beautiful tours!

  9. eliza Reply

    Travelling in Indonesia feels like home, people are warm – places are relaxing and very close to nature.

  10. Kim Reply

    What beautiful temples, I love spending time just being at peace in temples, there is something so centring about exploring them.

  11. Aditi Reply

    Bali is a very peaceful and beautiful country; country to relax and unwind. I went to Bali couple of years back and absolutely loved visiting Tanah Lot among other temples. Your tours look very good, will definitely recommend to friends and family.

  12. Joanna Reply

    I would love to travel to Bali just to see these beautiful temples. The architecture in the entire Indonesia is so beautiful, it makes you wonder how much imagination the builders had! I love how Taman Ayun is more like a temple complex, with loads of nature surrounding it. Definitely, you can spend an entire day there without getting bored.

  13. Apostolia Reply

    This is such a great post! Waking up my little inner traveler self. I’m so in love with those “history” places in the middle of nature! I hope I get to see this place at least once in my life.

  14. yukti Reply

    First of thanks to you, for getting me introduced to such a beautiful temple. I really love these temples with beautiful nature surrounding it. Not many people know about this.

  15. Tiina A Reply

    There are so many amazing places in the world and now you are introducing one of them! Such a beautiful temple. I have a friend who moved to Bali but I haven’t yet visited there.

  16. Elizabeth O Reply

    This is such a great post.sharing the history of the taman ayun temple is such a great thing for us. Amazing place.I will definitely recommend this to all of my friends.

  17. Elena Reply

    I have been collecting photos of temples since I was a little child. I hope that I will have the chance to visit them all.

  18. Via Bella Reply

    I would love to get a tour from you some time. This looks so historic and amazing! I love learning about temples!

  19. London Mumma Reply

    How beautiful is this temple. I am dying to go to Bali for all its beauty.

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