Lempuyang Temple
Lempuyang Temple
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Points of Interest & LandmarksReligious Sites
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Luv_ Rachmaninoff_No2
    Irvine, California506 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful temple but so far away from Nusa Dua
    We hired a driver to take us to this temple. We stopped by rice fields in Ubud before heading to the temple. Even though we got to the temple in the afternoon (after the morning rush) there was still a long wait (~2 hour) to have your private photos taken by the gate of heaven, so we left early. Nusa Dua area is beautiful but really far away from temples, it took us almost 10 hours roundtrip and traffic was really bad
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 June 2023
  • GopalNandyala
    Hyderabad, India239 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    First timer's dilemma
    This is something one probably has to go when visiting Bali for the first time. While the pics are amazing, we're not sure a 4 hour wait is worth it. As mentioned in other reviews, its possibly best to take the coupon, visit Lahangan Sweet and probably have lunch before resuming the wait.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Hany G
    Bakersfield, California1,773 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful temple!
    A beautiful temple with a lot of opportunities of instegrammable photos. We went there as a part of a tour. We left our hotel at kuta at 4 am. We arrived at 5:45 am And our number was 65 for taking the famous photos at the gate of heaven. It took 2 hours to get to our turn. We were approached by a local who offered to rent an indonesian custom for the photo, which looked pretty, and we were told it is 300 idr. When we went to the shop, he said IT iS 300 PER PERSON, we were able to negotiate the price but just be aware of the trick. There is a restaurant by the temple that offers very nice photo opportunities as good as the temple itself. You just need to get something from the restaurant and show the bill upstairs where the photos are taken.just don't miss it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Zsuzsa.Guide
    Targu Secuiesc, Romania695 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    In the eastern part of the island, 2 hours drive with private taxi from Nusa Dua, you can visit this nice place. Entrance 55.000 rupiah, and shuttle 45.000. Crouded, need to wait for taking pictures at the Gate of Heaven. Do not miss Tirta Gannga also, 20 minutes from there with car. P.s. private taxi for 8 hours - 1.000.000 rupiah, but don't worry, not enough. So extra is 100.000 rupiah/ hour. Worth the money. Ask for private taxi at the hotel's reception
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 August 2023
  • rz0dcr
    Sheffield, United Kingdom277 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Photo Opportunity
    We drove here from Nusa Dua, it’s a 2.5hr drive. On arrival you pay 45 idr and a bus will take you to the top of a very steep hill. Before you arrive at the temple you will pay another 55 idr for entry along with a number for your place in the queue for you photo. The walk to the temple takes about 5 mins but is very steep so something to consider if you have difficulty walking. We didn’t bother to wait for the photo opportunity as it was a 2 hr wait and we had other places to visit. All in all a great photo opportunity with the volcano in the background.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • RS
    London, United Kingdom76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Classic view, but a long wait!
    Everyone has seen the pictures from Lempuyang on instagram. It’s worth a visit just to experience the production line of tourists waiting in line for that spot. We got to the temple at 6am and were still 84th in line to get our photo!! So we entertained ourselves for 2.5 hours whilst we waited for our photo moment. Whilst you wait, you can see everyone else practicing their poses and no doubt you will join in! As I said, its a production line but does provide an iconic viewpoint. The temple itself is high up on the hillside and you do wonder how on earth people built this in the first place. Ultimately, if you want that iconic picture, you should get in queue pre 6am and come with things to keep you entertained :)
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 2023
  • S L
    Half Moon Bay, California18 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the Wait?
    Lempuyang Temple built on a hill is impressive and exotic, especially with the captivating dragon heads and massively long tails, descending from the top. The Gates of Heaven is picturesque though sight of Mount Agung is not guaranteed. This mountain was shrouded in clouds when we visited. Here are a few things to be aware: Visitors are charged a photo fee in addition to the ticket price, whether you choose to take photos of yourself with the Gates of Heaven. We were advised at the ticket booth that it was a 3-hour wait to pose with the Gates. Our guide told us that for one of his prior customers, they waited 4 (or more?) hours. When we finally arrived at the temple after a short shuttle ride (from the ticket booth), we noticed the huge crowd waiting. When your number is called, you have about a minute of so to take a photo (or two) of yourself/party with the Gates. Someone calls out the numbers, and moves the crowd through as quickly as possible. Is it worth the wait? Our guide suggested that we simply walk through the Gates and take photos from the other side of the Gates. While it wasn't as scenically dramatic, we at least caught ourselves on camera with the Gates in the background.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,947 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Temple and Location is Gorgeous, But to Touristy
    Lempuyang is a gorgeous temple, sitting on top of a mountain on the opposite side of Mt. Agung. What is not to love? For starters, tourists come here just to take that iconic Bali photo. I did not take a photo, I just explored the temple complex but heard the wait to get your photo taken was anywhere from 1 to 4 hours. I just can't see how people can waste time like this just for a photo. I got great shots of the gate when people were rotating in and out. You have a ton of people just hanging around. Unfortunately, I gave this temple 3 stars because it's to touristy. The temple is beautiful as is the landscape though.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 January 2024
  • KatWomanNYC
    2,777 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous experience, worth getting up at 4 am
    This was absolutely worth getting up for a 4 am pickup from Ubud. We arrived around 5:45 am to get the shuttle and then walked the remainder of the way after getting the required free sarongs. We were number 22. It took about an hour to get our photos. We were done with our photos by 6:55 am. They were kind enough to take couple shots and solo shots for us.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2024
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heidisally
Sydney, Australia115 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A tourist trap. A fee for a buggy to get to the temple and then a rather large entry fee for all the temples however I suspect most people sit at the first temple waiting for a photo. A little contrived and not sure why you would wait for that perfect photo from one day in your holiday…
Written 10 May 2024
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Henkmartin
Heelsum, The Netherlands83 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
Actually quite laughable to witness. Hordes of people who often are waiting for hours (3 hours is normal) for a few not entirely realistic photos.

Especially when you also see ladies with make-up bags in preparation for their picture turn you do realize this is “the new world”.

How tiktok and instagram help determine what one wants the other to see. Waiting for hours for a photo is something you do often do only for yourself.

But of course everyone makes their own decisions and if you are happy with a long wait for that super-relevant or important picture go for it. Do realize half of the picture is FAKE.
Written 28 April 2024
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KatWomanNYC
NYC2,777 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was absolutely worth getting up for a 4 am pickup from Ubud. We arrived around 5:45 am to get the shuttle and then walked the remainder of the way after getting the required free sarongs. We were number 22. It took about an hour to get our photos. We were done with our photos by 6:55 am. They were kind enough to take couple shots and solo shots for us.
Written 11 April 2024
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varun a
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Leave your stay place by 5 or go late as its long queue for clicking,. Good place for getting a photograph,.there you will find a dedicated photographer who clicks your pictures and doesn't ask for.money its your wish if you want to pay or not
Written 22 March 2024
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Twofive B
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
It took us over 2 hours to drive to this tourist spot from Ubud but eventually we found out that it was a tourist trap. In reality, there was no water at this Temple at all. All those photos were taken with a mirror, giving the impression of a reflection on water. The photographer of Lempuyang Temple placed the mirror beneath the tourists' camera to give it the ‘mirrored effect’, which is very misleading!

The realisation has led many disgruntled tourists to leave negative reviews on the Internet, where they have lamented the “fake” landmark, as well as the queues.

We DID notice that there was a code of conduct posted at the Lempuyang Temple Complex that includes several rules. Well, fair enough. Given that this is a religious site, the Balinese religion and customs should be honored if we choose to visit. One of the 'code of conduct' states that, "Keep your thoughts and language positive". Well, does this apply to the photographer/the staff in the Temple as well? Taking fake photos for the tourists in the Temple is obviously a sign of dishonesty and irresponsibility, given that Pura Lempuyang is a sacred place.

I would like to know why the Temple still allows the photographer/the staff to take fake photos for the tourists? Should it be banned? 'Real' photos should be taken or encouraged in a sacred place like this Temple.
Written 6 March 2024
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DIKA BALI DRIVER TOUR
Kuta, Indonesia532 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Here we and our friends enjoyed a very beautiful view in the morning and took photos at the very magnificent Bentar Temple, so we were very happy to visit Lempunyang Temple
Written 5 March 2024
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rvndr51
45 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Visited this iconic place. But was utterly disappointed. It took nearly four hours just to take fake photos.
It's waste of time to travel three hrs from Kuta just to stand and wait for the 10 seconds click. In the photos you look like an ant in front of the heaven gate.
Written 27 February 2024
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GlobeTrotters4001
Brisbane, Australia803 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It's rather deceptive as this particular Lempuyang Temple is now invaded by hordes of tourists or influencers keen on capturing that Instagram photo. Named by tourists I believe as the Gates of Heaven rather than one of its true meaning of a God that Shines a Light, it has absolutely no appeal to me for a number of reasons.

The photos are faked. I had initially believed this to be a local temple with the gates reflected by a mirror pool. No just a trick of photography. Don't get me wrong if you get the perfect day, are prepared to wait in line from 2 - 4 hours, then you may get that perfect shot. But today, tourists, no locals, blocking any exploring or viewing of this level of this 11th century Temple complex. If travelling on your own, you may be able to arrive before all the tourists, or stay late enough to avoid the ticketed queues.

I was not able to simply visit this temple and absorb the scenery, the carvings and the ambience of the place. Crowds of people make viewing of any of the inner surrounds of this level of the temple impossible.

Sarongs are loaned to you to cover your legs, but I had thought having long trousers was sufficient in a Balinese temple. Tickets for the shuttle buses are the only way up to the temple unless you walk, which I am not aware if you are able. Sarong hire is included in your entrance ticket. Then you are given another numbered ticket on entering the first level temple precinct. People who had left Ubud at 4 am, still waited 2.5 hours to get their shot at the so-called "Heavenly Gates". Our wait was estimated at 3 hours at 8 am. I saw several other heavenly gates on our drive, but obviously not quite as promoted as this one.

Needless to say, we waited for people to leave the gates between turns and took photos - not as instagrammable but it was very nice without the poses. Likewise with the steps to the second level (off limits understandably to tourists), but still the tourists queuing to take turns at the base of these steps for very cliched poses.

Needless to say, after we ate some of our hotel breakfast, took photos of the gates and stairway, we made our way to the lower less crowded levels and took some photos there.
I certainly would not recommend this as a highlight and a must see of Bali for the true cultural experience.

It's now basically a commercial money-making venture, and I understand that, because it is income to the locals, but I would rather pay to enter a genuine temple complex without the hordes.
Written 7 February 2024
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,947 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Lempuyang is a gorgeous temple, sitting on top of a mountain on the opposite side of Mt. Agung. What is not to love? For starters, tourists come here just to take that iconic Bali photo. I did not take a photo, I just explored the temple complex but heard the wait to get your photo taken was anywhere from 1 to 4 hours. I just can't see how people can waste time like this just for a photo. I got great shots of the gate when people were rotating in and out. You have a ton of people just hanging around. Unfortunately, I gave this temple 3 stars because it's to touristy. The temple is beautiful as is the landscape though.
Written 27 January 2024
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Ciara L
Sydney, Canada5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Unfortunately has become solely an Instagram spot. Long lines to take a faked picture. All cultural and spiritual aspects are now ignored by tourists, a shame because it really is beautiful architecture.
Written 22 January 2024
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