Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is known for its breathtaking location, perched on top of a steep cliff 70 meters above the sea. It’s one of the 6 main temples of the Bali people, which shares some of the best sunset views on the island and has traditional Kecak dances performed nearby. It’s complete with traditional gateways and ancient sculptures, making this spot a must-see in Bali.
Uluwatu Temple’s Settings
In the Balinese language, Ulu means top and watu means rock, referring to the spectacular high setting of the temple sitting on the edge of a cliff and overlooking the Indian Ocean. The temple is also surrounded by a small forest where monkeys breed in their hundreds, and who are considered the guardians of the Uluwatu temple. Entering the temple requires you taking a pathway where you can see the breathtaking horizon.
The locals believe that the three main gods of Hindu: Brahma, Siva, and Vishnu are at one here. This belief made Uluwatu Temple a place of worship for Siva Rudra, the creator of the universe and everything within, based on the belief of Balinese Hindu.
Behind the main courtyards of Uluwatu Temple lies a statute that faces the ocean and is considered a representation of Dhang Hyang Diwijendra. There’s also a rare, one-piece stone gate dating back to when the temple was built in the 10th century. The Uluwatu beach right below the cliff is also a world-famous surfing spot.
Other Things You Should Know
Be careful with your belongings when you pass the local resident monkeys, as they are attracted to (and are known to grab) visitor’s items such as sunglasses, cameras, and phones. To enter the temple as a visitor, you must wear a sarong that can be hired at the entrance. There’s a Kecak dance that performs every day at around 6 pm at the cliff-top stage with a magnificent sunset as its background.
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