The Gate of Heaven
Gates of Heaven has been striking the Instagram as the popular post among the traveler who come to Bali Island. The gate itself is the entrance to the holiest temple on the island which is Lempuyang temple. Located on the slope of the sacred Mount Lempuyang, the temple considered one of the most highly regarded temples. Balinese Hindu considers Lempuyang is one of the Sad Kahyangan or six holiest places of worship in Bali Island. Gate of Heaven gained its popularity among traveler due to the gate overlook to the Mount Agung the biggest and highest volcano in Bali. Standing by Gate of Heaven you will feel like standing in the sky and see the beauty of Bali Island. At the perfect time you will have a chance to capture the gate with the clear mount Agung view as the backdrop in the distance. With a simple camera trick you will get the dramatic photos with the reflection below.
How to get The Gate of Heaven :
Located in Banjar Purwa Ayu, Tribuana village, Abang district, Karangasem regency, Bali, Indonesia. Lempuyang Temple located in east Bali, which is easily accessible from any tourist places in Bali Island. If you stay in any places in the south of Bali such as Kuta, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran will need approximately 3 hours by car drive to the east via Baypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra. However, if you start from Ubud, its take about 2, 5 hours trough the same street of Baypass Ida Bagus Mantra. Once you arrive at the parking area, the Gate of Heaven can be reached within 7 minutes walk from the parking area by climbing a few staircase to the first temple. For a smooth trip to Lempuyang Temple recommend to book your private transport if you first time in Bali Island.
Best time to visit Gate of Heaven :
Gate of Heaven become the most popular destination on the island. To come as early as possible will help to skip the long queue as everyday there is hundreds traveler come to visit this place. Otherwise, you can come during the day, as you can get a clearer view of Mount Agung as the backdrop of your photos.While waiting the queue to have a photo, the traveler will have a time to have sight seeing around the temple or walk up trough the infinity stairs for other photo collection.
What to Know before Going to Gate of Heaven :
Temple is the holy place for Balinese Hindu, please dressing properly before entering the temple. To make sure you have a pleasant visit to any temple please do not wear singlets, tank top or hotpants. To cover the lower body with saroong is compulsory before going inside the temple. And especially the woman during period is strictly forbidden to going inside any temples.
Entrance fee to Gate of Heaven :
Before walking up to the Gate of Heaven, every traveler need to pay the donation for the temple about IDR 20,000 (US $ 1,5). Before entering the temple area, the visitor must cover the lower body with the cloth called saroong. The local comunity provide saroong for visitor with small charge only at IDR 10,000 ( less than 1 US Dollars).