Yet another temple we visited in Bali 🙂
Taman Ayun is also about an hour’s drive from Seminyak.
It’s set in a large compound which has lakes, ponds and gardens and is surrounded by a moat. Very tranquil! ‘Taman Ayun’ translates to ‘beautiful garden’.
It’s the royal temple of Mengwi Empire. Built in 1634, it was extensively renovated in 1937. I found the entrance to inner sanctum quite captivating!
It’s a place which is not very well publicised by travel guides, maybe that explains very few people there when we visited. Wandering in the park is a peaceful experience, in contrast to the other temples/tourist places in Bali.
If you want to see ‘multistoried roof’ architecture of Balinese Temples, this is probably the best temple to visit!
These multiroofed shrines are called ‘merus’.
This temple has been nominated for UNESCO recognition. It’s best to visit alongwith Tanah Lot Temple as they are along the same route!