Bali: The Serene Pura Tirta Empul

Hi, everyone! We hope you’re having a great day 😀

We’re still with our Bali series. In the previous post, we visited the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. From there, we continued on our trip towards Kuta, stopping by the infamous Tirta Empul temple in Tampaksiring; just a mere 15-minute drive from the rice terraces.

A gateway inside the temple complex
A gateway inside the temple complex

Tirta Empul is a Hindu-Balinese water temple located in Tampaksiring. It is know for its water spring, believed to be holy by Hindu believers. As it is a temple, a holy site, we were required to cover our legs with a sarong (has to be a sarong!). If you didn’t bring a sarong (my brother’s case), they provide sarongs for you to wear, for free, which you must return upon exiting the complex.

Entering the complex, there were children around, having prayed.
Entering the complex, there were children around, having prayed.

When we visited, there were worshipers bathing in the waters. If you aren’t a believer of Hinduism and don’t worship their deities, you aren’t allowed to bathe in the waters. The water is believed to be holy. There were praying areas that were restricted, that can only be entered by worshipers.

Worshipers bathing in the holy water
Worshipers bathing in the holy water
Praying areas
Praying areas
Gateways leading to different areas. This one, I believe, was to enter a praying area
Gateways leading to different areas. This one, I believe, was to enter a praying area
Statues line the pathway
Statues line the pathway

There were also ponds, bordered with exquisite Balinese structures, where we can clearly see the water springing from the ground. As it is located on a hill, the water was clear and seemed very pure.

Clear, pure water, springing from the grounds
Clear, pure water, springing from the grounds
This structures lined as borders around the spring
This structures lined as borders around the spring

We ate lunch at a restaurant inside the complex. It was located right by the side of a pretty fish pond. The food was good and the price very reasonable.

A fish pond by the restaurant
A fish pond by the restaurant

We enjoyed our visit to this place and we recommend you to come here 😀 It’s beautiful, sacred, and is surely a type of representation of Balinese architecture.

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I brought a pashmina and they allowed me to wear it as a sarong 🙂

xoxo,

san

Tirta Empul
Jl. Tirta, Tampaksiring,
Manukaya, Kabupaten Gianyar,
Bali 80552, Indonesia

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