Taman Ayun literally translates as “beautiful garden” and is generally regarded as one of the most attractive temples of Bali. Taman Ayun is situated in a beautiful park with trees and ponds, near the village of Mengwi in the south of Bali at about 8 km southwest of Ubud and 18 km northwest of Denpasar.
The main temple is surrounded by broad canals and it can only be accessed through a bridge leading to a richly ornamented ‘candid bentar’, the gate which gives opens to the outer courtyard (jaba) of the temple.
Built in the 17th century, the temple served as the family temple of the Mengwi dynasty, whose kingdom survived until the late 1800s. The temple is famous for its exquisite wooden merus, or pagoda-like shrines.
We came here early (it was our first stop for the day tour) so there were very few tourists around and you can enjoy the beautiful garden without too many people obstructing your view. The main area of the wooden temples are off-limits and you can only admire them from a distance. And the view is something!
This is the fifth temple we visited in Bali. A couple more temples to go …
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