Pura Lempuyang Temple Bali – how to avoid the crowds

This Balinese Hindu Temple is one of the most popular and sacred temples on the island. Located on Mount Lempuyang, Pura Lempuyang Temple has recently become famous due to countless photos posted on Instagram.

Although taking the perfect photo might be difficult as the temple is quite popular among tourists, I am here to help you. If you want to take a photo at the Bali Gateway to Heaven, you just need to follow a few simple rules.

Read more about the story behind this temple and photography tips & tricks below.

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1. About Pura Lempuyang Temple Bali

The temple is actually made up of seven different sanctuaries and visiting all of them takes about 4 hours. The temples of Mount Lempuyang are considered to be one of the “six sanctuaries of the world” or the six holiest worship places on Bali.

The good news is that in order to get to the Bali Heaven Gate or Pura Penantaran Agung Temple you only have to climb a few stairs. Before entering the temple, you will meet a local man who will sprinkle some water over your forehead as a blessing. You cannot enter the temple without the blessing.

Facing the famous Bali gate is another temple with lots of stairs. Beware that tourists are forbidden from entering this temple.

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The Pura Lempuyang Temple is situated quite far from the touristy areas of Bali. However, this doesn’t stop the tourists from visiting it. The reason why most of the people visit this temple is to take a photo with the Heaven Gate and Mount Agung.

Before visiting the temple, there are a few things you should know:

  • You have to wear a sarong or a scarf to cover your knees – you can bring your own scarf from home and tie it around your waist or rent one at the base of the temple for 10,000 IDR.
  • Cover your shoulders – make sure to have your shoulders covered while visiting the temple.
  • No kissing – You might be tempted to kiss your partner while taking the perfect shot at Heaven Gate but don’t. Pura Lempuyang is a sacred place and kissing is strictly forbidden.
  • No drones are allowed at the temple – even though it might be tempting to shoot some aerial videos of the temples, drones are not allowed here.
  • Bring comfortable shoes – if you plan to visit the entire temple complex, make sure to bring some comfortable shoes as the trip might take around 4 hours and the climb is steep.
  • Toilets – there are some toilets at the base of the temple.
  • Shops – you can find some small shops selling refreshments and souvenirs at the base of the temple.
  • Parking – there is a small parking for cars and motorbikes right near the entrance.

Entrance fee

There is no entrance fee to Pura Lempuyang Temple Bali although donations are welcome. We donated 10,000 IDR per person but feel free to donate any sum of money you want. Just remember that renting a sarong costs 10,000 IDR.

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2. How to avoid the crowds

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This temple is pretty popular and sometimes the queue for taking photos at the Heaven Gate is 2 hours long. Standing in the Bali’s harsh sun while waiting to take a photo is not pleasant. This is why you’ll have to be there early.

Plan to arrive at the temple at 8 am. Apart from having the temple all to yourself, the light will also be great for photos. It’s a win-win.

Below are some tips for taking incredible photos at Pura Lempuyang Temple.

Photography tips & tricks

  • Check out the weather – sometimes Mount Agung is covered by clouds so make sure to check the weather conditions in advance.
  • Bring a mirror with you – if you want to have a photo where it appears that the gate is reflecting into a lake, just place a mirror under your camera.
  • Bring a tripod – if you are traveling solo, make sure to bring a tripod with you.
  • Plan your pose in advance – before getting to the temple, think about how you’d like your photo to look. It will save you a lot of time.
  • Position – when taking you photo, make sure to place the camera as far as possible from the gate. This way, the volcano will appear bigger.
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How to use the mirror

4. How to get to Pura Lempuyang Temple Bali

The easiest way to get to this temple is from Ubud which is about 75 kilometers away, depending on the route. However, the temple can also be visited as a day trip from Canggu or Seminyak.

Here are the transportation options to get to Pura Lempuyang Temple

Guided tour

For a hustle-free experience, you can book online a guided tour which includes hotel pick up and drop off. Here are some of the best tours available on the market:

Rent a motorbike

Another way to get to Pura Lempuyang Temple is by motorbike. Usually, you can rent one straight from your hotel or guest house for about 75,000 IDR per day. From Ubud the road should take around two hours while the trip from Canggu or Seminyak takes about three hours.

5. Where to stay in Bali

Choosing the perfect accommodation in Bali can be stressful but I am here to help you! After spending more than 6 months in Bali, I’ve discovered the best hotels across the island. Please find below my recommendations.

If you want to be close to most of the Bali tourist attractions, I recommend staying in Ubud. If you want to be close to the beach and the most popular restaurants, I recommend Seminyak. If you want avoid the crowds and stay in a peaceful place, I recommend Canggu.

Hotels in Ubud

  • Budget – Pondok Massas – beautiful pool, good location, friendly staff, good breakfast
  • Mid-budget – Ulun Resort – view towards the rice fields, beautiful view, good location, excellent breakfast
  • Luxury – Alena Resort – incredible pool, excellent service & breakfast, comfortable rooms

Hotels in Seminyak

  • Budget – Sleepwell – excellent facilities, good location, breakfast included
  • Mid Budget – Seminyak Oasis – beautiful pool, Balinese design, breakfast included, spacious & modern rooms
  • Luxury – I-Villa – luxurious private villa with pool, modern design, free airport transfer, excellent staff

Hotels in Canggu

  • Budget – Kubu Betel Homestay – excellent location, modern rooms, friendly staff
  • Mid Budget – Double View Mansion – rice terraces view, incredible pool, fitness facilities 
  • Luxury – The Haven Suites – amazing pool, excellent staff & service, excellent location, luxurious rooms, breakfast included

I hope that you’ve found my Pura Lempuyang Temple guide useful. This temple is definitely one of the must see attractions when in Bali and it offers some of the best views on the entire island. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section below.

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7 Comments

  1. Kathinka
    May 19, 2019 / 11:38 am

    Love all the information about Bali. We will be visiting in June. But we will be staying in Ubud. And that’s atleast a 2 hour drive. So getting there at 08:00, I dont see it happening haha do you know if it’s also less crowded end of the afternoon? Don’t know if you visited more than once. Thank you so much!

    • dailytravelpill
      Author
      May 19, 2019 / 11:41 am

      Hi. In the morning you have the chance to have the temple all for yourself. Indeed, in the evening is not very crowded but there will be some people around. Hope it helps.

      • Kathinka
        May 19, 2019 / 12:16 pm

        Thank you so much for your answer. Then maybe the only thing to do is to stand in the line. My boyfriend does not want much, but he apparently want a photo at those gate haha and he never asks for something like that. So guess we will have to do it!

  2. Silvia Horvat
    July 18, 2019 / 11:06 am

    Hi, I arrived at 6:00 a.m. and there were already roughly 30 people waiting. It took roughly an hour to of waiting for darkness and fog to clear and to take a photo. At 7:00 a.m. there were already more than a hundred people waiting in line.

    • dailytravelpill
      Author
      July 21, 2019 / 2:48 am

      Thanks so much for the update! I guess this place has become incredibly popular in the past few months.

    • Wilsinee
      August 3, 2019 / 6:12 am

      Hello, I heard that there is a staff who take a picture for you. And they only give each person 3 act right?
      Thank you

      • dailytravelpill
        Author
        August 14, 2019 / 6:15 pm

        Yes, there is a guy who has a mirror and takes pictures for you. Of course, if you want to take your own photos, you are more than welcome. 🙂

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