Lempuyang Temple, locally referred to as Pura Lempuyang Luhur, is one of Bali’s oldest and most highly regarded temples, on par with Besakih (aka the ‘mother temple’ of Bali). It is also believed to predate the majority of Hindu temples on the island. Definitely a highlight on any travel itinerary for the fit and adventurous, the main temple lies at 1,175m above sea level, up on the peak of the namesake Mount Lempuyang in East Bali. The heights are reachable via a steep staircase of over 1,700 steps, with attractions along the way including several other temples and hordes of grey long-tailed macaques that inhabit the surrounding cool mountain forests. excursions that Bali’s eastern region has to offer, those unwilling to take on the ascent up to the peak at Lempuyang Temple can still enjoy the splendid views at the grand Pura Penataran Agung temple at the foot of the mountain. The first to come into view on the pilgrimage, this temple offers an impressive sight with its towering dragon staircases – perfect for photos. The best views are higher up the stairs, where you can see all the way across the green forested slopes and neighbouring Mount Agung, Bali’s highest peak and abode of Besakih Temple.
The Tirta Gangga royal water garden is a favourite retreat in the regency of Karangasem, east Bali. It was built in 1946 during the reign of the late raja of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem (1887 – 1966). Tirta Gangga saw a series of restorations following the destructive hot showers of volcanic ash from the 1963 Mount Agung eruption. The lavish water gardens owned by the royal Karangasem family feature 1.2ha of pools, ponds and fountains surrounded by neatly cut lawns adorned with stepping stones, ornate statues and tropical gardens. Tirta Gangga is located in the village of Ababi, an approximate 75 km east of Denpasar. The complex is a cool retreat in the eastern highlands, perched on the south-eastern slope of the island’s highest mountain, Mount Agung. The Tirta Gangga complex was built around the same time as the Taman Soekasada Ujung, another site located near the coast and 8.5km south in the village of Tumbu. Tirta Gangga, like its sister royal bathing complex, consists of tropical gardens, wading pools, fish ponds, and fountains. Entering the site, the first thing that comes into view is a pond where rows of guardian figures holding cudgels are neatly arranged. Also, polygonal stepping stones which enable visitors to ‘tour’ the pond are set out in order. This allows viewing the old and relatively large golden carp from up close in the clear and shallow ponds. Behind the first pond is the central towering fountain, again featuring guardian statues at its base. This 10m high fountain has eleven tiers with a shape of a lotus at its tip. The spouting water splashes down the tiers to make a cooling effect and a soothing sight. The springs are located at a higher ground to the right of the entrance of the site, under a large banyan tree. The water is considered holy by the locals and is used during religious ceremonies, as well as a source of potable water. At the lower level of the water source are two clear pools. One of them serves as a public wading pool and visitors are welcome to swim here.
Taman ujung the water palace ‘, with its complete and official designation from Sukasada Ujung Park, is located in Seraya village in Karangasem Regency. This is the site of Tirta Gangga’s sister, also built by the late king of Karangasem. This complex consists of various large ponds and historic structures against the backdrop of Mount Agung and the east coast line.
The site suffered near destruction with hot ash rain after the eruption of the nearby Mount Agung in 1963, and also experienced an earthquake in 1979. decades of restoration efforts made its way to its present grandeur, and continues to appeal to locals and visitors.
This complex is a blend of Balinese and European architecture in three large pools connected by bridges and elegant long lanes. The extraordinary physical features and background of the mountains to the north, and the sea to the southwest, make it a favorite location for pre-wedding and artistic photographers.
The name ‘Ujung’ means ‘extremity’ in Indonesian, and often makes it easier for locals to describe its location as one of the largest historical sites on the island and places of interest on the easternmost part of the island.
The entire park covers approximately 10 hectares of land located approximately 11 km southeast of the capital of Karangasem, Amlapura. These foundations were first established in 1919, under the rule of king I Gusti Bagus Djelantik, best known for his noble title, “Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem”.
The complex experienced a series of extensions and additions to the pool around an existing pool that did not function as a royal bathing place, but a site to punish supporters of black magic or Balinese witchcraft known as ‘pangiwa’ and ‘leyaks’.
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