Lempuyang Temple: The Traveler’s Hacks You Should Know

November 13, 2020

Lempuyang temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Bali which was established in the 11th century AD. Lempuyang temple is grouped in the Sad Kahyangan Jagat which means six sanctuaries in the world, the six holiest places in Bali.

This ancient temple is located on the top of Bisbis hill in the eastern Bali, precisely in Tista village, Abang regency, Karangasem province. In the temple complex, there are 7 temples that you can explore. The Lempuyang temple is well-known by the name “The Gate of Heaven”. It makes the Lempuyang temple famous around the world.

Here are some traveler secrets about Lempuyang temple that will give you an overview about traveling to this magnificent temple on the island.


The Gate of Heaven Photo source: Adam Wilson

The Gate of Heaven

The ancient gate is the main destination that attracts people to come to enjoy the scenery and capture epic photos. The Gate of Heaven is overlooking the biggest volcano in Bali, Agung volcano. If you stand on the gate, you will see outstanding views around you. The gate that is mentioned is actually a split entrance gate to the Lempuyang Temple which is locally known as Candi Bentar.

The Lempuyang temple becomes the highest temple on the island as it sits on the 1.775 meters above the sea level. Visiting this temple feels like hiking a mount. You need to step up around 1.700 steps to reach the top. It is worth a try, moreover if you love hiking. It is kind of a perfect match which lets you get an adventurous hiking experience, outstanding landscape views, and visiting the ancient Hindu temple at once.

But if you are not fond of hiking, don’t worry because the phenomenal The Gate of Heaven is not located at the top of the hill. Actually it’s the very first temple that you will find in the complex.

Lempuyang Temple Entrance Fee Photo source: Artem Beliaikin

Lempuyang Temple Entrance Fee

The entrance fee of Lempuyang temple is based on donation only. This donation is usually used for the temple maintenance cost. So we recommend giving the donation between 10.000 – 50.000 IDR even more if you would like to.

Besides that, there are also parking fees around 5.000 – 10.000 IDR depends on what kind of vehicle you are using.


The best time to visit Lempuyang Temple Photo source: Morits Kindler

The Best Time to Visit Lempuyang Temple

Lempuyang temple is open 24 hours for worshipers, but open from 07.00 a.m till 05.00 p.m for visitors. If you want to take epic photos with less crowd, visiting the temple in the early morning to get the sunrise is highly recommended.

But if you are not a morning person and want to avoid the crowd, visiting in the late afternoon to get the sunset is not a bad idea. Actually you still can get the great scenery by visiting this place in the late morning or during the day, but it used to be crowded.


Do and Don'ts in Lempuyang Temple Photo source: Artem Beliaikin

Do and Don’ts in Lempuyang Temple

The same as another temple on the island, there are some rules that visitors have to follow. Moreover the Lempuyang temple is a sacred place and highly regarded by local people in Bali. Here are do’s and don’ts that you have to know before visiting the Lempuyang temple.


  1. Covering shoulders and Wearing Sarong (kamben)
    This is the basic and common rule entering temples in Bali. Bring your sarong and wear it when you head up to the temple area. If you don’t have any sarong, you can rent it at the ticket counter.


  1. Saying bad words and kissing in the temple area
  2. Entering the temple when you are on your monthly period or breastfeeding
  3. Bring jewelry because oftenly the jewelry disappears mysteriously.
  4. Bring food and eat pork in the temple area

Find more information about doing a temple trip in Bali and the essential things to know before visiting Bali, so you know where to go in Bali and what to prepare.


The secret Behind the Epic photos  Photo source: Hendra Wijaya

The secret Behind the Epic photos

Perhaps you have ever seen some epic photos of people standing in the Gate of heaven with a perfect shadow in front of them. Actually there is no pool or puddle in front of the gate, it is a photography trick. The trick will help you to capture a moment with a perfect reflection.

You just need to put a mirror under your camera, then the mirror will reflect people in the gate complete with the gorgeous background views. Usually there will be a local guy that stays there to help you make the amazing photo. You just need to give a tip for his help.


How to get The Lempuyang Temple Photo source: Max

How to get The Lempuyang Temple

To get to the temple, you can go by car or motorcycle. But, you have to consider the distance. If you are okay, then go for it. If you want the simplest way, you can rent a car with a driver that is ready to take you to the temple.

If you move off from Denpasar, it will take 2 hours and 45 minutes by car. If you get off from Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta, and Seminyak Area, it will take around 2 to 3 hours depending on the traffic situation. But if you leave from Ubud, it will take 2 hours and 30 minute to get to Lempuyang temple. It takes time, but the fascinating view and the magnificent temple will pay the time you have spent.

If you set off from Ubud, our butlers at Ubud Villas Rental by Red Lotus Property will arrange the car and the other preparations for you. Our team proudly drives you to the Lempuyang Temple. All you need to do is ask our butlers. Here we also provide comfortable and luxury villas in Ubud and Saba area at various rates. Find your private villa here.