The iconic Hindu temple of Danau Batur, Bali, Pura Bukit Mentik is situated in Batur, an hour-and-a-half away from Denpasar. The eruption of Mount Batur in 1974 engulfed Danau Batur in molten lava, somehow leaving the temple and its huge banyan tree untouched. Constructed in classical Balinese architecture, the temple features intricate stone carving and high Meru shrines, making it a famous cultural attraction of the city.
Also known as the 'Lucky Temple' for how it escaped lasting damage from Mount Batur's eruption as everything around it went up in flames, Pura Bukit Mentik was constructed with the tri-mandala architectural philosophies typical of Balinese temples.
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