Pura Samuan Tiga Temple
Pura Samuan Tiga Temple
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Although there has been a temple on this site for at least 1000 years, this building was erected in 1917.
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Riehen, Basel-Stadt36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Since I stay with Balinese friends in Bedulu (=Bedahulu village), the Pura Samuan Tiga is more or less "THE TEMPLE" where the family goes for celebrations. This year was a big 12 days celebration from April 17th to 29th with all kind of activities. People from many communities around the Ubud area bring their holy temple symbols (the Rangda costumes and masques, the Barong, the temple shrines and others) to the temple to be blessed. They bring incredibly huge offerings (towers of fruits, rice cakes and decorated with ornaments made from young palm leaves and flowers) which get blessed with holy water by the Hindu priests. The intent sticks and some money on top are for the temple, the beauty of the colors and smells are for the gods, the edible parts are take home again for the family. There are Gamelan orchestras playing, people moving and singing and priests reading from the holy scriptures. Our friend took us for two evenings to the temple (dressed in the usual temple dress: Sarong, Blouse and Selendang for the ladies, Sarong, Shirt, Selendang and Headdress for the males and sandals or flip-flops on the bare feet). On the first afternoon we saw the processions of the different Banjars (communities) arrive with their temple things and circle three times the area of Samuan Tiga. Then there was the run of the ladies (long black skirts, white blouse, red selendang) and men (all in white) around the temple. They hold hands and run in waves symbolizing the waves of the sea. After three rounds the men take from the heaps of discarded decoration and put the dry palm leaves like hats on their heads. After one more round they sit in front of the priests to get blessed and then hit each other with the dry palm leaves. This symbolically drives out all bad thoughts. Now the temple and the people are cleansed and ready for the arrival of the goods. (Physically - in our eyes - the temple is more dirty than ever, rubbish laying around everywhere.) In the evening the school children and some ladies show special dances in beautiful costumes accompanied by Gamelan music. Again, the beauty of the dancers, the dances and the music is mainly for the gods, not necessarily for the onlookers, who talk, eat, come and go and let their children play. It is definitely not a show in our sense. Everybody who wants to look stands or sits crosslegged somewhere on the floor.
If there is no ceremony, the temple is just a big area of stairs, temple shrines, and the huge holy banyan trees. Certainly worth seeing as well, but nothing in comparison to celebration times and preferably guided by somebody who knows about the meanings, like for example our friend, guide and driver I Nyoman Darna from Bedulu.
Written 1 May 2019
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Simon P
Bridgetown, Barbados250 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Lovely place to see Bali’s culture through this temples and love for their religious beliefs. I was amazed at the buildings and how well they are maintained I would definitely recommend as part of a day tour
Written 20 April 2019
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AdiOverRide
Orlova, Czech Republic27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
Temple is beautifull place it Is full of spirit. Temple keeper can take you to "secret temple" in the forest. ;)
Written 23 January 2019
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Kevmulli
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
As previous temple reviews, a must see in Ubud. Again during festival period of January, so very busy, but worth the visit.
Written 13 January 2019
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Janwood47
Sunshine Coast, Australia17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
This temple was part of our tour from Ubud to Candidasa. We were not impressed that we had to pay extra for the guide after paying the entrance fee. Apparently we should never have paid extra. A shame when this happens as it leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. There are hundred of stairs, so given our age, we only made it half way up the temple which was also disappointing.
Written 8 November 2018
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Naarden
Portland, OR182 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
We saw so many gorgeous temples in Bali, each unique in many ways. This one was really not worth it. It's obvious that it gets few visitors because it was deserted, dusty and not well cared for. Forlorn is the best word I can come up with.
Written 11 October 2018
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ZBH88
Stoke-on-Trent, UK1,171 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
We took a 100000 taxi ride to this temple then walked to the elephant temple. This one was by far the more interesting of the two. Very very quiet and without the shops selling the same goods. It's a more open site than many of the temples we visited. Not too touristy. Dress appropriately as you don't be provided with a sarong to cover up with.
Written 20 July 2018
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada26,721 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
Nothing much but just "small structures" (all together resembling like a village or such) are what to see at this temple where you'll also see a number of small stone statues & sculptures either around those structures or at the end of the stairways (especially all the way at the back where there's this one stairway with those statues alongside leading up to like a gate with also a big face-like carving above it); better than walking around its grounds though, I actually liked viewing this temple from the slightly-higher areas (one at the front end & one at the back end of the temple grounds). In any case, it's not what's at the Temple but what's "not" at the Temple that makes this temple "unique" among the ones that I visited in Bali, and that unique thing about the Temple is its "quietness" (due to the lack of visitors); me & the two people on my car tour were like "literally" the only visitors at the time although there was also a group of local people praying or such (but then I'm also not sure why our tour would have brought us here if the Temple were not one of "significance").

I came here with Perama (which cost about 330,000 rupiah for a car & a driver although you'll also have to wait for some other people if you're just by yourself like I was); being the second of the six places on the tour, this was preceded by Pura Goa Gajah (with the so-called Elephant Cave that you can go inside although there's really nothing interesting inside) and followed by Pura Gunung Kawi (with some big rock-face carvings on the temple grounds "way down below"), Pura Tirta Empul (with its "popular" bathing pool), Kintamani area (with an "excellent view" of Mount Batur volcano) & Tegalalang Rice Terrace (where it's not just looking from above but you can be "in the terrace" by going down then going up on the other side).
Written 26 June 2018
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Klaus G
Pretoria, South Africa1,047 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
This temple which is actually a collection of shrines so that each area through its shrine may also have access to religion and prosperity.
Written 25 June 2018
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Wei Bing L
Ipoh, Malaysia427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
If you wish to visit an authentic traditional Balinese Temple which are not thronged by thousands of tourists and souvenir peddlers, come to this place! The most amazing thing about this place is: it is located just down the road from the Goa Gajah(Elephant cave) temple which attracts thousands of tourists every day. When my friends and I came here, there were no tourists at all, only a few local families offering prayers in the compound of this temple.

Come here to experience the peace, serenity and harmony of a real Balinese temple.
Written 23 May 2018
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