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TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE (Pura Tirta Empul) + HOLY WATER

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.

AWESOME ENVIRONMENT
Beautiful garden and some ponds.
So many tropical tree around the area.

AWESOME ATMOSPHERE
It’s located in the highland and beautiful natural spring.
Fresh air and the water like crystal.

UNIQUE TEMPLE 
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?

DESCRIPTION:

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?

ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 15K.
Child : IDR 7.5K.

UPDATE ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 50K (Per November 2018).
Child : IDR 25K (Per November 2018).

*) This price include free ‘Sarong’ textile to wear, thus you allowed to enter the temple.

TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE 2020

International:Entrance Fee
AdultIDR 50K
ChildIDR 25K
Domestic:
AdultIDR 30K
ChildIDR 15K

*) Child definition: 5-11 years old.

OTHER FEE:
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 ENTRANCE FEE 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.

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.

PRAYING DRESS

VISITOR/TRAVELER DRESS

BATHING DRESS

WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE?

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 5.00 PM.

WEEKDAY:
Monday – Friday.

*) Don’t visit Tirta Empul temple on the 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)

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!

UPDATE STATUS OF TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE:

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 queueing card.

WHERE IS TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE LOCATED?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Manukaya
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Tampaksiring
Regency (Kabupaten): Gianyar
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
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:

HOW TO GET TO TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
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?

TEMPLE MANNERS:
1. All the visitor must wearing ‘Sarong’ textile when enter the temple.
2. Women on her period not allowed to bathing or enter the holy temple area.
3. Women with the long hair should tie the hair first before enter the holy area.
4. 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.

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

*) Use Telkomsel SIM card for relative better service compare to other telecom operator.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
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:

1. Tampak Siring President palace.
2. Babies statue site.
3. Lotus pond spot.
4. 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.

SOME ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Tirta Empul temple:

1. Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring temple.
2. Gunung Kawi Sebatu temple.
3. Agriculture tourism spot.
4. Lembah Bidadari (natural springs).
3. Tegalalang rice terrace.
4. Manuaba waterfall.
5. Penglipuran heritage village
6. 

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE (Pura Tirta Empul) + HOLY WATER

  1. Polina

    I visited the place next day after Nyepi it was overcrowded! But if you walk behind the bathing area, there is quiet place next to praying square. You can enjoy chanting mantras from local prayers and bell ringing. There is small lotus pond with big awesome flowers

  2. Aman

    Wonderful garden, trees, and so amazing to see the actual source of the water that irrigates 100s of miles of rice terrace downstream. You can actually see the water bubbling up through the crystal clear ponds and the black soil, kind of a magical thing to see, and you can understand why the ancient people protected this as a sacred area. As an agnostic person, i didn’t go i’m for the whole karma cleansing ritual, but it was interesting to watch others performing it, and i can imagine that on a hot day the pure clean water coming out of the fountains would be super refreshing. Ladies, if you are menstruating, there are signs up telling you you are forbidden to enter the water, but on the other hand, how would anyone know if you didn’t fess up?

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Well, it’s not a black soil actually.
      It’s a black sand that moving caused by water bubbling up.

      Maybe you can cheat to get into Tirta Empul temple.
      But, i don’t recommend you to enter the water when you menstruating.
      I’m afraid the water color changing into red and has bad smell.
      Please, respect the temple manners.
      Otherwise, don’t visit the temple.
      Just go to the beach or swimming pool.

    1. kunzbali Post author

      You can start from the first pool on the west (left) side.
      your bathing start on the first pouring water on the left side.
      Then continue to next pouring water (right).
      There are two pouring water that forbidden for bathing.
      It has different ornament and function.
      After you finish on the first pool,
      you have to move to the second pool.
      You need to step up in front of the elephant statue.
      Then continue bathing.
      In the second pool, you also need to abandon bathing in some pouring water.
      Especially with the different ornament.

        1. kunzbali Post author

          Oops, sorry.
          Here the bathing procedure (Melukat):
          1. Praying before bathing.
          Local people will bring some offers (Pejati or Canang) and incense (Dupa).
          Then they will put Canang and burn the incense in special place.
          Then start praying and spelling Gayatri mantra.
          2. Bathing.
          Go to the west pool and go down.
          Go to the first pouring water.
          Put one Canang and one burning Incense near the pouring water ornament.
          Start praying while you put both of your hand on forehead.
          Then wash your head three times,
          wash you face three times,
          wash your mouth (gargle) three times,
          then move to the next pouring water.
          Do the same things until finish (last pouring water).
          3. Praying after bathing.
          Local people will praying again and spelling Gayatri mantra.
          Other option is doing meditation.
          These activities as good as well.
          You just need to choose which one you prefer.

          I considering you are not Balinese Hindus,
          thus you don’t need to do very detail bathing (Melukat) procedure here.
          You can just go direct to the west pool and find the the first pouring water.
          Then start bathing.
          I hope it answer your question.

  3. Silfath Pinto

    Thank you for very detail information.
    I want to ask, is it safe to go to Tirta Empul?
    I just read that they say the water is contaminated.

    1. kunzbali Post author

      I don’t think the water is contaminated.
      It’s a natural springs.
      The water is flowing and it changes everyday.
      So, no chance for a contamination.

      If you want have super clean and clear water in the pool,
      better you arrive Tirta Empul temple in the early morning.
      When the visitor and tourist not comes yet.
      It’s around 7 AM.

  4. Marieke Howe

    Do you know if Tirta Empul is been cleaned everyday (morning)? I went there today and I found the floor a bit slippery.

    1. kunzbali Post author

      I think they clean it everyday.
      Whole area must be daily cleaned.
      But, i’m not sure about the floor of the pool.
      Yes, the stairs under the water i found a bit slippery.
      I saw some tourist slipped when getting down into the pool.
      Well, Bali has strong sunshine actually.
      It located in the tropical place.
      So, it’s a normal if an algae growing faster here.
      Thank you for the information.
      I think it’s gonna be useful for traveler who wanna bathing in Tirta Empul temple.

  5. Martinez Mateo

    Be prepared to spend half an hour or more in the holy water. From here you you can see the spring water welling up from the ground, stirring the dark volcanic soils of the island.
    Take part in authentic Balinese spiritual experience at the water temple of Tirta Empul.

  6. Diah Putri

    Artikelnya sangat lengkap dan bermanfaat.
    Saya mau tanya berapa harga tiket masuk untuk orang lokal?
    Makasih, bli.

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Well, you can see on the picture actually.
      Ok, i will add the entrance fee for local on the Table.
      Sama-sama.

  7. Herman Sen

    Best view you can see is from Tampaksiring President palace!
    You can see the whole part of Tirta Empul temple from there.
    Well, i never go there actually.
    But, i use a drone to see the view from there.
    It’s amazing view!

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Yes, i think the view from there should be excellent since it’s a President palace.
      But, i don’t think you can fly your drone here.
      It’s a President palace and a holy temple.
      It should be forbidden for any drone fly above this area.
      Anyway, can you share the link of your video?
      I want to see the view.

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