Monday, June 30, 2014

Bali in June: Tirta Empul Temple


Tirta Empul Temple, better known as Pura Tirta Empul by the locals was built in 962 A.D. during the Warmadewa dynasty. Which was more than a thousand years ago, if you do the math. It's surprisingly well-maintained for a sacred place that old. Even more shocking to learn the fact that an enormous 80 percent of Balinese are Hindus, intensely religious Hindus.

Tirta Empul Temple / Pura Tirta Empul, Bali
Done purchasing our 30,000 rupiah entrance ticket. Are you ready for a Hindu temple tour in Bali? I'm pretty sure you are. Come with me =D

Tirta Empul Temple / Pura Tirta Empul, BaliSome rules and regulations to follow before entering.

Tirta Empul Temple / Pura Tirta Empul, Bali
We were requested to put on a "sarung" at the entrance in exchange for some cash donations.

Tirta Empul Temple / Pura Tirta Empul, Bali
The purifying pool with holy water.

Tirta Empul Temple / Pura Tirta Empul, Bali
I came here only to realize later that different genders go into different sides of the pool. I was at the wrong one, obviously. *bitter smile*

Tirta Empul Temple / Pura Tirta Empul, Bali
 Adorable-looking roof of the temple made of the fibre of chromatic black palm tree.

Tirta Empul Temple / Pura Tirta Empul, Bali
The natural spring fed pool that is closed from public access.

Tirta Empul Temple / Pura Tirta Empul, Bali
I was so relieved that sleeveless tops are allowed, much more lenient than those temples in Bangkok. #badhairday

Tirta Empul Temple / Pura Tirta Empul, Bali
A little dragonfly I found hiding in the plants. Very cute big eyes it has.

Tirta Empul Temple, Bali
Statues surrounding the temple.

Tirta Empul Temple / Pura Tirta Empul, Bali
No coins are to be thrown into this Koi fish pond, thank you.

Tirta Empul Temple / Pura Tirta Empul, Bali
Want some pomeloes? Just kidding! They aren't really what I thought they were. These are actually the fruits of a flowering plant named calabash tree (thank one of my kindest readers for the info).

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