Ubud Water Palace, Saraswati Temple

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Saraswati Temple

Saraswati Temple, Ubud Overview

Ubud Water Palace, a temple for the worship of Lord Saraswati, was originally the residential palace of the Sukawati royal family of Ubud. It is now one of the most sacred places in Bali, and apart from offering a beautiful lotus pond and water garden, the temple hosts a classic Bali dance show at night.

It was designed by famous architect Gusti Nyoman Lempad, who followed the rules of Tri Mandala spatial distribution while designing the palace. Tri means three and Mandala means spaces, thus, the temple complex is divided into three areas, namely Nista Mandala which is the zone that connects the temple to the outer world, i.e the entrance of the water palace. Madya Mandala is the middle realm that leads to the inner layers of the sacred temple and is marked with three red-bricked Kori Agung gates. The third gate is the largest and leads to the most sacred space.

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Tips for Visitors

  • It is advised to visit the temple either early in the morning to avoid the crowd, or in the evening, when one can enjoy traditional dance show which starts at 5 pm.
  • Visitors are expected to follow the dress code strictly. One must wear a sarong covering the knees and tops that cover shoulders and midriff. 
  • The temple and the beautiful lotus pond is extremely picturesque, so don't forget your camera to regret later. 
  • Visit the nearby café and enjoy the experience of savouring delicious Balinese dishes.

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