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Pura Lempuyang Temple In Bali – A Complete Guide

Pura Lempuyang Temple in Bali is one of the oldest and most sacred temples on the island. So here’s all you need to know when visiting.

How To Get To Pura Lempuyang Temple

Located on the most eastern point of the island, Pura Lempuyang Temple Bali is around 2 hours from Ubud and 2 and a half hours from Canggu.

Many people heading to East Bali choose to stay in the small beach town of Amed, which is around 30 minutes from Pura Lempuyang.


We always choose to rent scooters, which start at around 50,000 IDR per day, and explore ourselves. However be sure to read up on our renting a scooter in Bali guide beforehand!

If you’re looking for somewhere to rent scooters from you can book a trusted Bali Scooter or Motorbike Rental with Delivery.

Hire A Driver

Another option is to rent a driver, which is pretty popular for day trips around Bali, and they start at around 500,000 IDR per day (8 hours).

Here’s an easy link to book a Bali Private Car or Minibus Charter With Driver for the day.


It is possible to visit Pura Lempuyang on a day trip from the West and South of Bali. For example from Canggu, Ubud, Seminyak, or Uluwatu.

However some tourists opt to book onto a tour with a guide, such as the Lempuyang’s Gates of Heaven Tour.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Pura Lempuyang Temple Entrance Fee

The temple asks for donations only.

We recommend around 10,000 – 30,000 IDR per person, which is the usual price of temple entrances in Bali.

Parking Fee: 5,000 – 10,000 IDR.

Sarong Rental: 10,000 IDR.

You must wear a sarong so if you have your own, be sure to take it.

Pura Lempuyang Temple Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday: 7am – 5pm

This is when the temple is open to tourists.

However for worship purposes, it is open 24 hours a day.

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Lauren and Lola in their sarongs ready to visit Pura Lempuyang Temple.

Best Time To Visit Pura Lempuyang Temple

The best time to plan your Bali itinerary is between April and October, the island’s dry season.

The best time to visit Pura Lempuyang Temple however, is all dependant on what you want to experience.

If you want much less of a crowd, or no crowd at all – sunrise would definitely be the best option.

However if you’re not a morning person, during the golden hour before the sun sets, the view is also absolutely breathtaking.

What To Pack

Photography Camera


Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle


Lightweight Rain Jacket

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If you’re lucky enough, you’ll find a pup waiting at the top of Pura Lempuyang

Things To Know Before Visiting Pura Lempuyang Temple

If you visit Pura Lempuyang Temple, it’s important to always respect the local religion.

So here are some useful tips to bear in mind below.

There Are 7 Temples

Many people don’t realise there are actually 7 temples within the grounds.

The whole loop of Pura Lempuyang Temple Bali takes around 4 hours.

The First Is A 5 Minute Walk

The famous Bali Instagram spot is located at the first temple, so you won’t have to walk far before you get your cameras out.

Your Shoulders Must Be Covered

Unless your shoulders are covered you will not be allowed to enter Pura Lempuyang Temple.

So make sure to wear a t-shirt or take a scarf of some sort.

No Kissing

Pura Lempuyang Temple Bali is a very religious Hindu temple so any form of kissing in public is seen as scandalous.

No Drones

A note for photographers.

Although there has been much drone footage of Pura Lempuyang Bali, we were told were weren’t allowed to fly our drone.

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The three stairways that leads to higher temples at Pura Lempuyang Temple

How To Capture The Perfect Pura Lempuyang Photo

There have been rumours about hours of queuing for the photo, however when we visited at sunrise there were just 6 other tourists taking photos with no problems.

We take all of our photos using a Canon 90D and a Zomei Tripod, and as always our best advice is to arrive as early as possible.

You may have also seen a ‘reflection’ shot of this particular photo. It gives the effect of a huge puddle with a Pura Lempuyang Temple reflection below.

Since the boom in tourism, a genius local figured this would be a hit with visitors.

So now he stands in the perfect position and holds a small mirror under your camera, making it easy to create the typical reflection photo.

So no photoshop or rain is needed, but a tip for the mirror holder will be expected.

For more information on what equipment we use, you can check out our Travel Photography Gear blog.og.

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Our own take on the famous Bali gateway to heaven photo

What To Expect At Pura Lempuyang Temple In Bali

Pura Lempuyang Temple is a Balinese Hindu temple located in the slope of Mount Lempuyang, 1,175 meters above sea level. It’s also one of the most popular things to do in Bali.

Known on the island as one of the most highly regarded temples in Bali, it has become more popular in recent years amongst tourists thanks to Instagram.

There are two sections to the temple, a lower level and an upper level. The latter is worth the climb up the seemingly infinite staircase.

If you’re into hiking, this visit is a great blend of an adventurous mountain trekking experience, incredible panoramic views, and the visit of an ancient, religious site.

The whole complex is made up of seven different sanctuaries, but Pura Lempuyang Temple is the most popular. It offers visitors one of the most breathtaking views from any of the temples in Bali.

The entire landscape looks completely surreal from this temple gate that is also known to the western world as “The Gateway To Heaven”.

The Bali gateway to heaven is quite far from a lot of other typical holiday destinations in Bali.

Although that doesn’t stop people flocking out East to witness the view amongst the clouds and capture some beautiful photos.

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The walk up to Pura Lempuyang Bali
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A beautiful way to start the day

Where To Stay In Amed


The Griya Villas and Spa

Set amidst lush tropical gardens, The Griya Villas and Spa is a 2-minute drive from Lipah Bay Beach in Amed.

It offers villas with a private swimming pool overlooking the sea, a fitness centre and spa. Free Wi-Fi and parking are also available.

Spacious air-conditioned villas feature modern Balinese architecture and furnishings. They come with a large living area with sofa, flat-screen TV with DVD player and a dining area.

The fully equipped kitchen offers cooking facilities, a microwave, kettle and refrigerator. The villas open out directly to the pool deck.


Blue Moon Villas Resort

Located above Selang Beach, on the picturesque coastline of Amed, Blue Moon Villas Resort features 4 swimming pools, 4 sun terraces and great views of the ocean.

Free WiFi is accessible throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

The restaurant serves local and international delicacies and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar.

Rooms at Blue Moon Villas Resort come with air conditioning, a safety deposit box, and mosquito nets. Guests are also provided with a kettle and a fridge.

Each room comes with a terrace or a balcony and an en suite bathroom.


Bali Yogi

Bali Yogi has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a garden and bar in Amed.

This 3-star guest house offers room service and ticket service.

The air-conditioned rooms provide a garden view and come with a desk and free WiFi.

All rooms at the guest house come with a seating area. At Bali Yogi, the rooms include a private bathroom with a shower.

A continental breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation.

For more places to stay in Amed, you can check the latest prices on

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

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Book Your Accommodation

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They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

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Pura Lempuyang Temple In Bali Guide

latitude Adjustment

Thursday 29th of June 2023

So cool and great information. Thank you!


Thursday 24th of February 2022


Charlie Pauly

Thursday 24th of February 2022


Mandy P

Monday 24th of February 2020

Thanks for all the info above!

How long was your visit at this temple? We are thinking of hiring a driver for the day and want to see how many other places we can fit in the one day. :)

Charlie Pauly

Sunday 1st of March 2020

Hey! If you just wish to visit the main temple and take the iconic photos, it can be done it an hour or so.


Thursday 16th of January 2020

Hi! How long does it take to get from the entrance to the temple? Is it really hard because of the amount of steps?

Charlie Pauly

Thursday 16th of January 2020

There are a total of 7 temples, however the famous photo spot is one of the first so not to bad for steps!

Malinda Christensen

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

How do you get these pictures together? Do you use a remote and tripod?

Charlie Pauly

Monday 8th of July 2019

We use a tripod and a timer yes :)