Pura Kehen Temple Complex, Bali

Pura Kehen

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Timings : 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Time Required : 2-3 hours

Entry Fee : Adults: IDR 15,000
Children: No Entry Fee

Pura Kehen, Bali Overview

Considered the 'Mother Temple' of the former Bangli kingdom, the Pura Kehen or Kehen temple is a majestic structure in eastern Bali, dedicated to the God of Fire. Known for the massive Banyan tree inside the complex, the temple's inner sanctum is intricately carved with various Hindu gods and goddesses. Feasts to honour deities are still held here, making it an important site of religious worship.

Pura Kehen was built in the 11th century. Kehen translates to fireplace or household, thus symbolizing the fire god. Visitors are expected to be dressed respectfully, before entering the temple premises. The legs should be fully covered and a temple scarf should be worn around the waist. A flight of steep 38 stairs lead up to the beautifully decorated temple complex. Pura Kehen is regarded as one of the most beautiful temples in Bali and is surely a must-visit!

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Pura Kehen is truly a haven for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts. Make sure to walk around the shrine and marvel at the remarkable carvings. There are stone statues of mythological figures on either side of the stairs. The courtyard has an 11-tiered Meru tower, that is considered sacred by all. The temple premises also have well-manicured terrace gardens where one can relax and soak up the calm atmosphere.

Tips

The Pura Kehen Temple is not wheelchair accessible, owing to the steep steps. Visitors are expected to dress respectfully, by covering their shoulders and legs. There is an entry fee for adults, which often includes the rent for the sarongs. The sarongs can be used to cover up.

How To Reach Pura Kehen

  • Pura Kehen is located in the southern part of Bangli Hill, in the Cempaga district.
  • It is at a distance of 45 km from Denpasar City and 24 km from Kintamani, another popular tourist destination.
  • The best and most convenient way to reach Pura Kehen is by hiring a private vehicle.
  • The roads leading to Pura Kehen are steep, winding and often filled with potholes. It is advised to hire a local, private driver instead of trying to navigate these roads yourself.
  • You can alternatively join a tour or book a private tour. 

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