After seeing Gunung Kawi, our temple thirst had been satiated, but we continued to Tirta Empul, which is nearby, to complete our Bali experience. Once there, we opted to walk around the area as there were a lot of people in the pool area and visitors wandering inside the complex.
The temple is built around a spring with clean, running water. The water is supplied by the Pakerisan River, the same river that runs through Gunung Kawi. The outer courtyard of Tirta Empul is a lush garden broken. Along the pathways are statues and tropical plants that lead to the entrance. Pura Tirta Empul is one of Bali’s most important temples. Despite the many tourists, Tirta Empul is quite impressive.
Tirta Empul was built in 960 A.D. and is a significant structure for the Balinese. This temple complex and holy mountain spring is also a national cultural heritage site.
Tirta Empul, which means “holy water spring” according to locals, is where Hindu devotees, pilgrims, and spiritual visitors bathe while praying. The water of surrounding purification baths, pools, and fish ponds are fed by the same spring.
Inside the central courtyard, there is a rectangular purification pool with 13 elaborately-sculpted spouts lining the edge. Those who bathe in the pool start from the west to the east, with heads bowed and hands pressed together under the gushing water of the spouts. They start at the first spout and stop at the eleventh. The water from the last two spouts is used for purification in funerary rites.
Location: Pura Tirta Empul, Manukaya Village, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali, IDN
Opening hours: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
- Adult – 15.000 IDR
- Child – 7.500 IDR
Parking fee: 2.000 IDR
There are shops selling various souvenirs in the parking lot. There are also several food stalls where tourists may buy local food, snacks, and refreshments.
Remember to dress respectfully if you are thinking about visiting any temple or holy place in Bali. Temple visitors are required to wear a sarong that covers the lower body with a sash tied around the waist. Women on their period are prohibited entry to any temple or sacred site.