Taman Ayun Temple Bali or Mengwi Temple Bali (Pura Taman Ayun)
Taman Ayun Temple, also known as Mengwi Temple because it’s the Royal Temple of Mengwi, is located in Mengwi village and it’s sub district, about 18km north of Denpasar the capital of Bali, in the regency of Badung. Taman Ayun Temple is located relatively close to all major tourist destinations in Bali such as Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta, Sanur, Seminyak or Ubud and the drive from these destinations takes about 60 – 70 minutes.
Referring to the Lontar Babad Mengwi, a very important historical chronicle for Bali, which was written on banana leaf paper, Mengwi Temple was both re-sanctified and re-named in 1634 to become the Taman Ahyun Temple.
Taman Ayun Temple is simply a beautiful place to visit and it should definitely be put on your day tour. The complex is surrounded by a wonderfully wide, well maintained and beautifully landscaped garden inviting you to go for a longer stroll to escape the hustle and bustle that takes place in the south of the island of the gods. The barbicans still carry a Kulkul, which is a traditional Balinese bell. The wonderful multi-roofed Balinese style Pagodas (Meru) give you the perfect postcard picture view. Whilst the huge fish ponds that surround the complex make Taman Ayun look like the temple is floating on the water.
Taman Ayun Temple is well maintained and it’s a highly suggested place to visit during your vacation as well as being recommended for travellers of all ages and interests.
Additional Information 1: Only worshippers are allowed to enter the main complex
Additional Information 2: Taman Ayun means “founded in the park”
Additional Information 3: A Kulkul is a giant bell which is either made from wood or bamboo. Various social organizations of the Balinese society use this bell for an assortment of reasons. Obviously as a bell it is used to indicate a time of gathering or a ceremony and even in the past to alert the village during a time of conflict or criminal activity. The groups in Bali are segregated based on traditions, professions or hobbies. The type of the sound that is made from the Kulkul is different for each organization, therefore making it easy for the members to know which group is required. The Kulkul is traditionally made from certain wood such as the wood from a jackfruit tree, an orange tree or other hard wood trees and used to signal the traditional organizations. However those made of bamboo are only for temporary use or only for the temporal groups.