Tirta Empul Temple, Tampaksiring

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Visit Tirta Empul Temple, an interesting Hindu place of worship built around a natural spring. Located directly by a water source and with a main building surrounded by a bathing structure, worshipers enter the holy water to be ritually purified. The rustic structures, flowing water, bathing devotees, and surrounding forest complement one another to create an inspiring and unusual sight. Remember to bring your camera to capture it. Put Tirta Empul Temple at the forefront of your travel plans using our Tampaksiring trip generator.
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  • August 14, 2017
    In the Hindu religion is essential to purify themselves before praying. This temple reflects their philosophy. Its definitely worth a visit even if you will find hordes of tourists. I guess you could also give the sacred rite of purification inside the tank.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Although the site is devoted to worship, I was a little surprised to see more tourists than locals. To believe that foreigners are appropriate to this place. Otherwise, the pool is beautiful just like the site as a whole. However, a lot of visitors that day.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This is a holy place and everyone needs to dress with a sarong which you can borrow. If you plan on dipping into the holly waters then take a change of clothes and a towel. The place is very interesti...  more »
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  • July 14, 2017
    We went with a guide who really helped us out you need to but a ticket to enter about 30,000 and you get a sarong to wear (for small donation) if you want to enter the water you need to hire a different sarong and a key to a locker (this want that much) you get changed in to your sarong enter the water. The guide was really helpful you only wash under 11 of the 13 water fountains in the first pool and then under 2 on the second pool. The place has a great energy and you feel really refreshed after going in the holy spring water. You can go without going in to the holy water but for me this was the best part!
  • August 20, 2017
    Beautiful temple with a nice surrounding, many people do the cleaning in the water here. Pretty much touristic though. Many shops you have to pass on exit. It's not the quiet and natural temple you might look for.
  • July 13, 2017
    What a powerful place! Whether you're spiritual or not, this spot will make you feel a unique energy. Watching the springs well up from below is mesmerizing. It's a meditative place, and I hear the moonlight festival is something to behold.
  • August 1, 2017
    Surreal experience. The crowd may be off putting at times but the structures and ambience will bring you back in time and relive the Hindu way of life. You will come across a lot of souvenir shops upon your exit. Be sure to bargain by at least 70% off the quoted price.
  • June 6, 2017
    Very nice area, walk around in the rural area before you enter the temple! It's way more authentic than closer to Ubud. Also, the temple and it's ceremonies are beautiful! Yet many tourists seem just to do the ceremony for fun, and only a few people come along and do the proper ceremony. Overall though lovely, and a really beautiful water source that inspired the ritual!

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