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Tirta Empul Temple, Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia

By Sonyaandtravis @sonyaandtravis

Pura Tirtha Empul, also known as Tirta Empul Temple or simply the Water Temple is a Hindu temple centrally located on Bali Island. Simon and Josh were keen to visit this temple so utilising their driver, we made the 45 minute journey from Ubud. Near by is the better known Kuil Gunung Kawi, which we skipped as Simon and Josh weren’t impressed when reading about the over 270 steps to traverse.

Tirta Empul Temple is similar styled to other Balinese Hindu temples, with the addition of bathing pools which is famous for its holy water. At the time of visit we saw a few people bathing in the water which is said to have purification properties.

One of the other pools of water was filled with koi fish being fed by tourists.

One of the mythical creature statues at the entrance of the Water Temple
Farah, Travis and Sonya inside Tirta Empul Temple
Simon on his phone with a temple behind

The spouts of water flowing into the bathing pools
Mythical creature holding a small umbrella
Intricate wooden temple structures

Brightly coloured mythical creates carved in the Temple's roof
Hindu creatures inside the temples
Traditional Balinese prayer at the Temple

The palm thatched roofs of the temples
Two Balinese statues
Indonesian mythical creature with club

Temple gates, notice the lions and Swastikas
Close-up of stone carved diety
Tourists feeding Koi

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