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Besakih Temple, Karangasem
(1.9/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Magnificent temple visit with guide is paid we asked a contribution to the temple and then at the end of the visit, a participation for the guide but can matter, explanations are so welcome and may be full of questions, enter temples where nobody goes. Multiple sellers beware!
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  • The temple is really beautiful as the day of our visit was a day of ceremony and there were very few tourists. On the other hand, the rest was a bit tedious... We're snowshoeing on arrival at the car park; must not yield, must stand firm and friendly. Visit our guide has been rewarding and we could all visit at our own pace. Different vendors as well as vendors of postcards are pressing, but still much less aggressive than in some countries.
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  • It seems like a very holy and traditional temple. It is the main temple in Bali. Local drivers are too scared to even accompany you to the temple cause they are scared of the thugs who run this temple...  more »
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  • Although, we had read about scam and received a detailed warning from our private driver. Nothing prepared us for the frightening experience at this temple. Even though you buy tickets for the temple at the roadblock and are free to roam the grounds if you are properly dressed, the locals are EXTREMELY aggressive if you do not use their guiding service. Our driver warned us that guides are NOT mandatory, but, if we wanted one not pay him more than 20,000ir. but, some guides will demand 400,000ir at the end. We kindly refused all guiding services along the way. As we were about to go up into the temple area, a rejected guide began loudly SCREAMING at us and demanded that we leave the grounds immediately and that the police were coming to arrest us. Other tourists ( without guides) came to our rescue and he backed off. We proceeded, but when we got to the very top temple, 2 men dressed in white maintenance uniforms, sweeping the cement, asked if they could bring us incense and offerings ( for a fee) to meditate. We politely refused. They tried to block our way, rudely told us to leave immediately and that photo's were not allowed. We felt unsafe and decided to leave the temple. Being very well travelled, we have never been treated like this in any country, nor anywhere else in Bali. Frankly this type of temple is everywhere in Bali. These temples are not well maintained and you will not be missing anything if you avoid this place. The funny thing is that this is "supposedly" their most sacred temple....what a joke!
  • 1st of all these temples in Bali is joke on Hindi religions. and Besakih is the king of all. Went to get in, Temple gang stopped me to buy /rent sarangi. Now its ok, well. Then they said you must rent Guide. I told them want to spend less than 2 minutes, i dont need guide to rent. Temple Gang told me you cant get in. Now In hindu religion you can get in any temple with any attire, there is no such temple left in india or out of india requires you to have guide !! then i told him to give me ticket back and ask him name, whole team got up and surrounded me, said why why. I am like dude, just want to know. One of gang guy tried to pull ticket back made pieces. ITS SCARY PLACE TO VISIT EVEN AT DAY TIME. MY DRIVER WARNED ME ABOUT THIS TEMPLE AND ITS BULLY GANG BUT I SAID I LIKE TO SEE WHAT IS THE FUSS ABOUT THIS SO CALLED TEMPLE. DONT VISIT AT ANY COST, YOU ARE WARNED
  • This is the biggest temple is Bali. It was interesting to walk around and had many photo opportunities. I don't think it is too different from any of the other temples in Bali, they did start to feel a bit repetitive after the first few. This place is setup for tourists unfortunately; we have to pay entrance per person, pay for parking, then we had to pay for a compulsory guide. We were also pushed into buying offerings and (extra) sarongs, though we managed to decline. This hour long attraction cost us ~300K IDR.
  • Often referred to as Bali’s ‘mother temple’, Besakih is a grand complex of different clan temples and shrines. Regarded as the largest and holiest of the island's temples, it is located at 1,000 metres above sea level on the south-western slopes of Mount Agung. There are at least 70 celebrations held here each year as each shrine has its own anniversary. Exploring the whole site requires a day, however most visits cover only the largest and central complex, the Pura Penataran Agung. Another temple called the Pura Pasimpangan is east of the Pura Penataran Agung, and on the higher slopes is Pura Pengubengan, which has great vistas and is a half-hour walk from Penataran Agung. Sarongs and sashes are provided for a donation fee at the main entrance, while some colourful souvenir textiles are also available for purchase at the many kiosks around the parking complex.
  • The temple is beautiful, but beware of rude locals. But some offerings for the prayer. Once you have that you can climb up to the stairs till the main temple gate. There you can find a temple guardian, expo can help you perform prayer in balanese way. These guardian generally has an odd card. There might be imposters that would try to stop you from even climbing the temple stairs, by saying that you need a local to climb that stairs, but you can walk till the temple gates