The Bali “Gates of Heaven,” also known locally as Luhur Lempuyang Temple, are a popular tourist destination in East Bali. Tourists rush and queue every day to grab a picture at this famous site, which is known for its “reflection” and view of Mount Agung.
Lempuyang Temple - Where is it located?
Pura Luhur Lempuyang Temple, or the gates of heaven and temple, is located in East Bali’s Lempuyang region. It is located at a height of 1,775m above sea level among the highlands of Mount Lempuyang.
The complex contains seven different areas/temples, although most visitors simply throng to the “gates of heaven.”
The other temples are also worth seeing because they are equally lovely. The steepest one is on a mountain and requires 1,700 stairs to ascend. I did not do this, and as this post is about the Bali gates of paradise, I’ll skip over it!
Pura Lempuyang Temple located in Banjar Purwa Ayu, Tribuana village, Abang Subdistrict, Karangasem regency, Bali, Indonesia. Mount Lempuyang, also known as Mount Lempuyang Luhur, is one of Bali’s holiest natural sites.
The distance from Amlapura is approximately 22 kilometers northward through Tirtagangga to the hamlet of Ngis in the Abang sub-district, and then directly east to the village of Purahayu.
What to Expect?
Pura Lempuyang Luhur, also known as Lempuyang Temple, is located on the slopes of Mount Lempuyang.
This is one of the important nine directional temples on the island of Bali, where you can locate the famous Gateway of Heaven and enjoy amazing sunset views at dusk due to its high mountain slope location.
The temple is divided into two sections: the lower level and the upper level. The latter is well worth the trip up the apparently endless staircase — this is a temple with a view.
Lempuyang Temple Opening Hours
Pura Lempuyang Temple is open to visitors everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., however it is open for worship 24 hours a day. The temple’s unique setting and breathtaking views are unquestionably appealing to the fit and willing.
How to get photos of the Gates of Heaven, Bali
The manner in which the photograph is taken is rather belligerent. There is a small group of picture assistants, native Balinese folks, who will take your camera and phone and photograph you.
They say “next!” after each photo is taken, so you know when to move into the next posture. There are only about 10 seconds in between each round of “next”.
It’s both impressive and terrifying at the same time. It’s impressive that the locals established such an efficient method, but it’s horrible that such a pointless Instagram exercise takes place in a temple. These assistants work all day in the scorching sun to take these shots, so tip them generously. There is no specific charge; they will accept anything you offer.
You have about three or four different positions before they tell your group to move on. But if you keep going, there’s nothing they can do to stop you. You can also perform individual pictures and then regroup at the end for some group shots.
HOW TO GET PHOTOS WITHOUT QUEUEING
If you wish to picture the Bali “Gates of Heaven” without waiting in line for hours, stand near the photographers in the center of the plaza and be ready to shoot as soon as one group leaves. You’ll only have a few seconds between groups to take photos (literally less than a minute), but if you’re ready to snap away as soon as one group walks away, you should be able to capture an unobstructed shot of the Bali Gate.
You might even be able to grab a snapshot of yourself with the Bali Gates of Heaven in the background if you stand slightly ahead of the group of photo assistants and ask a buddy to swiftly snap a well-angled shot. Anyone standing between the gates in the backdrop will most likely be blocked by your body as well.
Check out our other articles about places around this area : Tirta Gangga Bali Kingdom’s Water Palace and Natural Spring – Karangasem’s #1 Destination