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Besakih Temple, Karangasem

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Admire the largest and most sacred of Bali's Hindu temples at Besakih Temple, an important place of worship and an example of Balinese architecture. Situated in an impressive mountainous landscape, the main temple presides over an attractive vista, giving opportunities for photographs of its protruding decorative steps against a captivating natural backdrop. Consider hiring a guide to discover more about the temple's history, and to find the quieter places at this very busy attraction. Be prepared for locals trying to convince you to buy something; some can be quite insistent. Plan to visit Besakih Temple and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Karangasem attractions using our Karangasem family vacation planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Temple formed by many temples, each with a function or dedicated to a caste. It is a very sacred to the Balinese who go there in large numbers to pray. The many stalls selling food in and out of the temple are in use of the faithful that after prayer usually dine on site.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The temple (or the set of temples) is beautiful, after a week of visit, there is nothing extraordinary. It would take probably several days to visit the site, this is probably the reason why a must see site.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This temple has the most expensive tickets but there is no entry to all the temples inside. You just have to stand outside and peek inside. Best thing is to avoid this place. There is nothing.  more »
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  • July 25, 2017
    The "mother temple", an impressive place in Bali. When you buy a ticket, you are assigned to a guide with no extra cost. I think it's the government's way of protecting the tourists by scammer guides.
  • August 23, 2017
    Besakih is a place to avoid. It would be a fabulous place to go to, if it was not for those people who want to take advantage of you there. Horrible experience.
  • July 17, 2017
    what marek jasozs described perfectly sums up what we experienced yesterday... unfortunately... even the official people which control the tickets etc. try to fool you which makes the experience a complete bummer. there is no free toilet, you have to pay 5000idr... normally this should have been included in the enterance fee. it was a very disappointing experience because the place is very beautiful but the people there are always asking for payments/money. we understand that we enter a sacred place, and we commit to be respectful, but what they are doing is not really holy, especially considering the fact that they lie about ceremonies, local tour guides and asking for extra money for every step. long story short, other than the enterance fee and parking fee, dont share a penny... i believe the people who visit these places with tours are giving money away which makes it hard for budget travelers to keep up with.
  • September 6, 2017
    pura yang indah dengan panorama yang indah pula
  • December 10, 2016
    It was the worst tourist experience we've ever experienced. First, scammers try to tell you there is a ceremony, so you need an escort - which is a lie. On the way to the temple we were harassed by a "temple guardian", who was very serious about respecting their tradition and a need of a Balinese escort. Finally we ended up going alone, but it was very tough. On the way back we warned a foreign couple about a scam, which really irritated a guardian, who became aggressive. I was pushed, offended (I wasn't aware they know so many course words) and accused of "robbing the community". It is very sad the officials do not do anything about these scams, which really ruins the whole experience. I strongly recommend not visiting Pura Besakih (there are other impressive temples around the island) until something really changes. Remember - do not pay anything but a ticket.

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