Pura Lempuyang is quickly becoming one of the most sought after photo locations in Bali due to its mesmerizing view of Bali’s most popular volcano, Mount Agung. Getting to Pura Lempuyang isn’t the easiest due to its location on the east but if you make the effort it is definitely worth it.
How to get to Pura Lempuyang
We left Canggu at 4am to arrive early enough to view the sunrise over Mount Agung from the temple. The drive to Pura Lempuyang took us 2 hours and we drove there ourselves on our scooter. A popular option to get to Pura Lempuyang is to hire a driver to take you there and back. You can speak to a tour company and arrange it through them. Pura Lempuyang is a quiet spot and not yet full of tourists due to its far location from central Bali.
Where to stay in Bali
There are plenty of popular areas to stay in Bali. For people looking for a base or villa to rent for a while, Canggu is the perfect spot with cafes and restaurants right near the beach. If you’re on holiday for a short amount of time and looking for a hotel, then Kuta or Seminyak is great for clubs, bars and cheap shopping. While in Bali we stayed at Riyuri Guesthouse in Canggu. They have beautiful rooms in a great location so we definitely recommend checking them out!
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The unique part about the Pura Lempuyang entrance fee is that there is no set price. They only ask you to donate how much you wish. However, you will have to rent a sarong to wear inside the temple which costs 10K IDR per sarong.
Everyone who enters the temple must wear a sarong. They will ask you to rent and wear a sarong even if you wear long pants or a skirt. Sarongs are traditional to Indonesian culture and since Pura Lempuyang is a sacred area, it is custom to wear one. You will also have to cover your shoulders when entering this temple complex.
What to expect
On the drive up to the temple, the sky was full of colour and we could clearly see the incredible Mount Agung. The temple staff are very friendly and will give you a quick briefing about the temple. We were told which way to head to get the iconic photo through the temple gates with the volcano in the background. Pura Lempuyang is a complex of various temples, however the gate is very close to the entrance and is only a 5 minute walk up a few stairs.
Once we arrived at the gate we were a bit unlucky as the sky was covered in thick, grey clouds. We took photos and videos and spent in total 2 hours there. We managed to get some shots where there were no clouds covering the volcano. Although you will have to be very patient. Once the clouds disappear it is an incredible sight to see the large volcano through the temple gate.
To get the iconic photo of the volcano looking large in the background, it is best to stand far back near the stairs with the dragon heads so that the volcano appears larger than the gate.
After visiting Pura Lempuyang, be sure to also visit Tirta Gangga Royal Garden which is only a short drive away.