TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE
– All Details to Know About Tirta Empul Temple –
WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE?
A MUST VISIT TEMPLE
This is the most popular temple in the north of Ubud.
Clean the bad karma & boost your good karma.
Beautiful garden and some ponds.
So many tropical tree around the area.
It’s located in the highland and beautiful natural spring.
Fresh air and the water like crystal.
More than just a temple, it has holy water & some ponds.
A place for clean up the bad karma ritual.
NEAR OTHER DESTINATION
It’s near to other destination such as Gunung Kawi Sebatu temple, Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring temple, Fruit garden spot, Penglipuran heritage village.
You can combine to visit these places.
TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE
WHAT IS TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE?
Tirta Empul temple is a beautiful garden and water temple which located in the valley in Gianyar, Bali. It was established on the natural spring and supplied some pools around the temple. Also it become source of Pakerisan river.
Tirta Empul consist of two words, Tirta and Empul. Tirta means water or holy water. Empul means water gushing. No argue, so many cubic of water goes out from the wellspring and supply some pools in the temple.
It was established in 962 A.D as written in the stone inscription in Manukaya village. The founder was King Sri Candrabhaya Singha Warmadewa. It was for bathing area in first design. Then, in 1178 A.D it transform to water temple as written in palm paper inscription or ‘Lontar Usana’ by King Masula Masuli.
BATHING ON TIRTA EMPUL NATURAL SPRING
*) The rain won’t stop people who want bathing and clean up the bad karma (melukat) in the ‘Tirta Empul’ water temple. They don’t care how cold it will be.
HOW MUCH THE TIRTA EMPUL ENTRANCE FEE?
- UPDATE INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ENTRANCE FEE:
- Adult : IDR 50K (Per November 2018).
- Child : IDR 25K (Per November 2018).
*) Child definition: 5-11 years old.
- PREVIOUS INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ENTRANCE FEE:
- Adult : IDR 15K.
- Child : IDR 7.5K.
- LOCAL VISITOR ENTRANCE FEE:
- Adult : IDR 30K (Per November 2018).
- Child : IDR 15K (Per November 2018).
*) This price include free ‘Sarong’ textile to wear, thus you allowed to enter the temple.
TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE 2020
- Locker (Safety box) : IDR 10K
- Special dress for bathing : IDR 10K
- Parking fee:
- Scooter : IDR 2k
- Car : IDR 3k
- Truck : IDR 5k
- Bus : IDR 10k
TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE:
NEW ENTRANCE FEE PER NOVEMBER 2018:
TIRTA EMPUL ENTRY TICKET:
HOW IS TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE DRESS CODE?
- PRAYING DRESS CODE:
There is a dress code for Balinese people who want to pray in holy temple. They need wearing a sarong with scarf wear on the waist. It’s a typical dress for prayer/pilgrims in whole Bali island.
*) White dress is popular dress for local when visiting a temple. But, other color is fine as long it’s clean.
- VISITOR/TRAVELER DRESS CODE:
For visitor/tourist/traveler you can bring your own sarong and scarf. Otherwise you can rent sarong and scarf for free at ticket window. So, you don’t need to buy it.
*) Tirta Empul temple lend you colorful sarong and orange/yellow/red scarf for free.
**) This ‘Sarong’ can not use for bathing in the water temple. You need to rent a special dress for bathing or you can bring your own sarong textile for bathing.
- BATHING DRESS CODE:
For visitor/tourist/traveler you can bring your own sarong for bathing. Otherwise you can rent special bathing dress for IDR 10K.
*) Tirta Empul temple lend you green bathing dress and red/violet scarf.
**) Please don’t change the dress/clothes in the open space or holy area. You should realize this a temple, not swimming pool. You need to change the dress in the special place.
WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE?
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
- OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 5.00 PM.
*) Better visit in early morning. It’s not much tourist & local people.
Monday – Friday.
*) Don’t visit Tirta Empul temple on weekend or Indonesian holiday because it will be super crowded by local. Better you choose on the workdays.
- CEREMONIES (Hindus special day):
- 5 April 2017, Galungan Day
- 1 November 2017, Galungan Day
- 30 May 2018, Galungan Day
- 24 September 2018 afternoon, Purnama Kapat (Full moon)
- 13 October 2018, Saraswati Day
- 26 December 2018, Galungan Day
- 24 July 2019, Galungan Day
- 13 October 2019, Purnama Kapat (Full moon)
- 7 December 2019, Saraswati Day
- 19 February 2020, Galungan Day
- 4 July 2020, Saraswati Day
- 16 September 2020, Galungan Day
- 1 October 2020, Purnama Kapat (Full moon)
- 30 January 2021, Saraswati Day
- 14 April 2021, Galungan Day
- 21 September 2021, Purnama Kapat (Full moon)
- 10 November 2021, Galungan Day
TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE ON INDONESIAN HOLIDAY
*) As you can see it’s super crowded if you visit Tirta Empul temple on Indonesian holiday.
A CEREMONY IN TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE
*) There will be so many hindus pilgrim visit here for praying and do the ceremony.
**) You can see some Balinese dance as the part of the ceremony it self. Amazing show!
WHERE IS TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE LOCATED?
Village (Desa): Manukaya
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Tampaksiring
Regency (Kabupaten): Gianyar
Province (Provinsi): Bali
About 42 km northeast of Denpasar or 1 hour and 20 minutes from Denpasar, Bali.
About 15 km northeast of Ubud or 30 minutes from Ubud, Bali.
About 53 km northeast of Kuta beach or 1 hour and 45 minutes from Kuta, Bali.
About 55 km northeast of Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hour from the airport, Bali.
MAP OF TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE:
*) If you drive a scooter you can just click the map above. It’s your driving guideline.
HOW TO GET TO TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE?
There is no public transport to get there.
*) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this temple and use google maps as your navigator.
TIRTA EMPUL NATURAL WATER SOURCE
*) As you can see on the picture above, the sand moving all the time caused by the gushing water. The clear water flow between the underground stones and gushing out on the first pond. That’s why they named it as ‘Tirta Empul’ which means ‘Gushing water’.
OFFERINGS FOR THE GODS
OFFERING ON NORMAL DAY:
OFFERING ON SPECIAL DAY:
*) As you can see on the pictures above, the number offerings on the hindus special day is quiet different than normal day. Even the Tirta Empul temple management have to remove the offerings many time to give space for a new pilgrims who want to put their offerings.
A LOCAL PUT OFFERINGS FOR THE GOD
WHAT IS THE LOCAL MANNERS?
- All the visitor must wearing ‘Sarong’ textile when enter the temple.
- Women on her period not allowed to bathing or enter the holy temple area.
- Women with the long hair should tie the hair first before enter the holy area.
- The visitor not allowed to throw the coins into the holy ponds.
TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE MANNERS
*) These manners doesn’t mean to break the equality between man and woman. It’s a faith and it has been applied since hundreds year ago. As you or we just a visitor, we should follow and respect the local manners. I think it’s a good attitude when you visit the plural and multi ethnic country. Respect the other faith (religion) and the local manners are the wise way.
TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE PRAYING AREA
*) I saw many case of stupid people who disrespect the local faith or messing the holy place. For example, spit or peeing the statue or kicking the offerings. They got unlucky evident again and again. Some of them got accident and some other got sick which can not be explained by medic. Believe or not is your choice. But, i prefer avoid getting unlucky things when you are far away from your home town. This place for clean up the bad karma, not create one. Please, respect the holy place and the manners.
PRAYING AT TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE
*) This spot is a special area for praying. You can see the leader of prayer sitting on small shack, reading a praying spell or mantra and then ringing the bell.
MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.
*) Use Telkomsel SIM card for relative better service compare to other telecom operator.
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.
Some shop selling foods, snacks and souvenirs.
*) Please don’t bring any snacks into the holy ponds.
OTHER NICE SPOT ON TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE:
You can explore Tirta Empul temple and find these spots:
- Tampak Siring President palace.
- Babies statue site.
- Lotus pond spot.
- Fishes pond spot
TAMPAKSIRING PRESIDENT PALACE
*) On the west side of the Tirta Empul temple you will see Tampaksiring president palace. You can walk up the stairs and see around. But, you can not go into the inside of President palace.
THE CUTE BABY STATUE
*) Before walk to Tampaksiring president palace, you will see a cute babies statue.
**) Some pilgrims put banana on long stones in the mid baby statues. I don’t know why they did it. Even i already ask to some local people, but they can’t answer too. They just get use to for this activity.
THE LOTUS PONDS
*) On the east side of the Tirta Empul temple you will see beautiful Lotus ponds.
THE FISHES POND (Third Ponds):
*) The children usually love this session. Yes, feeding the fishes. It remind me when i was a kid.
BATHING ON TIRTA EMPUL WATER TEMPLE
*) In hindus belief, bathing (melukat) here able to clean up your bad karma. Even you don’t believe it, you should try bathing here, nothing to loose. The water so clear and refreshing. It will tempting you. So, don’t miss this chance. Don’t forget to bring your towel, extra clothes and waterproof bag.
PROS AND CONS:
- Great water temple in Bali.
- Beautiful temple and refreshing water.
- Bad karma removing place.
- Huge fishes pond (children friendly).
- A heritage temple.
- No public transport to here.
- Many little shops on outside with the same stuff/souvenirs.
- Touristic place.
- Some visitor says it’s overrated price for a water temple.
- Crowded on weekend and Indonesian holiday.
UPDATE STATUS OF TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE TODAY:
OPEN FOR ANY VISITOR/TOURIST/PILGRIMS
*) Since March 22nd, 2020 Tirta Empul temple has been closed according to government command to avoid Corona spreads.
**) Since July 9th, 2020 Tirta Empul temple has been opened with applied New Normal protocol. The total visitor limited for 30 people per visit. You’ll get queuing card.
SOME ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE:
You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Tirta Empul temple:
- Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring temple.
- Gunung Kawi Sebatu temple.
- Agriculture tourism spot.
- Lembah Bidadari (natural springs).
- Tegalalang rice terrace.
- Manuaba waterfall.
- Penglipuran heritage village
You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 1 itinerary.
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