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Besakih Temple, Besakih

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Religious Site · Landmark
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Admire the largest and most sacred of Bali's Hindu temples at Besakih Temple, an important place of worship and an example of Balinese architecture. Situated in an impressive mountainous landscape, the main temple presides over an attractive vista, giving opportunities for photographs of its protruding decorative steps against a captivating natural backdrop. Consider hiring a guide to discover more about the temple's history, and to find the quieter places at this very busy attraction. Be prepared for locals trying to convince you to buy something; some can be quite insistent. Work out when and for how long to visit Besakih Temple and other Besakih attractions using our handy Besakih driving holiday planner.
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  • Firstly, beautiful temple. Amazing views and you could easily find yourself lost within its many walls and pathways. We arrived by scooter and were met by a pleasant-seeming guide going by the name....  more
    Firstly, beautiful temple. Amazing views and you could easily find yourself lost within its many walls and pathways. We arrived by scooter and were met by a pleasant-seeming guide going by the name....  more »
  • Let’s hope you’ve got cash! And a lot of it!!!! “Mother temple” the highest and most valued temple. Yet the people who “run” it posing as guides are not at all in it for your best interests. 60k per.....  more
    Let’s hope you’ve got cash! And a lot of it!!!! “Mother temple” the highest and most valued temple. Yet the people who “run” it posing as guides are not at all in it for your best interests. 60k per.....  more »
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  • this is a place full of scams. go there if you have a tour guide who will ensure your safety. we were scammed into a car park and a swamp of people came surrounding us to buy sarong and burnt offering. they charged 100k for a sarong, it was ridiculous. until a boy came and rescued us and brought us all the way to the ticketing booth at the entrance, only then we realized that the ticket price of 60k includes a sarong, just like any other temple. and then, there are other supposed guides who said that we need to be accompanied, of course you don’t have to. so, scams after scams. they don’t deserve any tourist visits, if their agenda is to scam. i asked the ticket booth lady about why they allowed the scam, she was nonchalant. so, it looks like a coordinated scheme of things. visiting a place of worship should be free, yet they charge 60k and full of dramas.
  • Truly a deep dive into Balinese history and Balinese Hinduism. A must-see. The guides are wonderful. Don't forget to purchase a (very affordable) offering to give to the gods at the top. You won't regret it.

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