Besides the amazing natural spots, Bali Island also provides many favorite photography spots by travellers around the worlds.
The most popular nowadays is Lempuyang Temple, a holy place by Balinese Hindus People where it is located on highland area in the east end of the island.
Its location is exactly in Tista Village, Abang District, Karangasem Regency. Let’s check the following maps for more detail.
The temple is popular for great split gates which were built in Distinctive Balinese Traditional Architecture.
The gates are the most wanted point by the visitors as for photography background. All of them stand at the entrances which connect one area to another.
The area of the temple consists of 3 parts namely:
- Utama Mandala = main area (considered as the holiest).
- Madya Mandala = middle area
- Nista Mandala = outer area
One gate stands at the entrance between Nista Mandala to Madya Mandala while other three at the entrances between Madya Mandala to Utama Mandala.
Each gate has a unique stair which is flanked by authentic statues in the form of dragon (Balinese Mythological Creature) and the figures of Pandawa in Mahabharata Story.
Existence of the statues really adds into more impressive view of the gates. No wonder, the visitors often call it as “the gate of the heaven”.
Before doing photography tour at the temple, there are helpful tips to know for getting the perfect photos and comfortable experience as follows.
- Wear Proper Dress Code
- Respect for the Culture of the Society
- Visit on Sunny Day
- Ask the Staff to Help Take Pictures
Wear Proper Dress Code
As above, the temple is considered as a holy place by local people. Every visitor is required to apply Balinese dress code when visiting.
Generally, the dress code consists of a sarong and a shawl which both re items are mandatory for the men and women.
The sarong (also known as “kamen”) is a traditional cloth that wrap from waist to ankle while the shawl (also called as “senteng”) will tie around waist exactly the sarong.
The dress code isn’t only applied when you visit Lempuyang Temple but also other temples. It can be rented at ticket locker if forget to bring.
Respect for the Culture of the Society
During the photography tour, the visitors should always respect for the culture of the society as follows.
- Don’t sit on the holy buildings
- Don’t annoy the persons who pray
- Don’t say rude
- Don’t upset the offering carelessly
When visiting on holy day, you may see local peoples who hold spiritual ceremonies in the temple.
If you want to take photos then use zoom feature of camera for getting respectful distance in order not to annoy the ceremonies.
Visit on Sunny Day
From the Madya Mandala, the visitor can see the stunning landscape of Agung Mount (the highest in the island) in the west.
You can combine the landscape with the point of the gate for getting more amazing photos. However, need to know that the landscape will not be seen on rainy or cloudy days.
Hence, make sure you visit on sunny day to get the landscape from the temple area.
On the day, you can visit in early morning to avoid long line of many visitors who will take a picture at the gates.
Ask the Staff to Help Take Pictures
Some of you probably have seen images who display the gate of Lempuyang Temple with water reflection.
In fact, there is no a pool or lake in the temple area. You will wonder about where the water reflection comes from.
It actually appears because effect of photography trick which use a small mirror under the lens of the camera.
For getting a photo in reflection effect, you can ask the staff at the temple to help take pictures. There is no benchmark price for it, only voluntary donations.
So, when you will plan to do a photography tour at Lempuyang Temple?