Bali: The Peaceful Brahmavihara Arama

Hi, everyone!

Continuing with our Bali series, we move to the northern part of the island. Our schedule was to stay in Lovina, which is in the northern part of Bali, upon arriving. This explains why we got to visit the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan (our report in the previous post!). We stayed for 2 nights and a day in Lovina, as we had a wedding to attend.

The wedding was a traditional Balinese one and lasted for almost a whole day. We finished at 3 PM but we thought that it would be too early if we return to the hotel. So, we visited a nearby site: Brahmavihara Arama.

Brahmavihara Arama is a Buddhist temple monastery located in the mountainous Banjar area. It is located on top of a hill, with a lot of stairs going from one level to another. Being located in the island of Bali, which is dominantly Hindu, this monastery features traditional Balinese architecture combined with Hindu-influenced decorations and Buddhist elements.

A statue by the side of one of the stairs. A common site in this place
A statue by the side of one of the stairs. A common sight in this place

Perched on top of a hill, you get to view the Banjar area around you from the monastery. Forests cover the hills around and it gets quite chilly after a rain. Mist was also common and the air very humid.

Part of the monastery complex
Part of the monastery complex
There is a small worship space inside
There is a small worship space inside

I’d recommend you to wear modest clothing and a skirt/sarong/pants that cover at least until your knees. As it is an active religious place, you are expected to respect the monastery. I wore shorts when I went there so I had to put on a sarong and it was fine. Also, I’d recommend you to wear your most comfortable shoes/sandals. As it is located on a hill, and each building on different levels, you’ll have to climb a lot of stairs.

There's a temple on the uppermost level. Inside of it is a meditation hall.
There’s a temple on the uppermost level. Inside of it is a meditation hall.
A view of the park from the temple. A lot of people do some sort of walking ritual here, even under the rain.
A view of the park from the temple. A lot of people do some sort of walking ritual here, even under the rain.
Serene
Serene

The place doesn’t have a ticketing booth or entrance fee. However, they provide a donation box where you can donate any amount of money for this place.

xx

san

Brahmavihara Arama
Banjar Tegeha, Buleleng,
Buleleng Regency,
Bali 81152, Indonesia

 

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