Lempuyang Temple
Lempuyang Temple
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • GopalNandyala
    Hyderabad, India239 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    First timer's dilemma
    This is something one probably has to go when visiting Bali for the first time. While the pics are amazing, we're not sure a 4 hour wait is worth it. As mentioned in other reviews, its possibly best to take the coupon, visit Lahangan Sweet and probably have lunch before resuming the wait.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Hany G
    Bakersfield, California1,830 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful temple!
    A beautiful temple with a lot of opportunities of instegrammable photos. We went there as a part of a tour. We left our hotel at kuta at 4 am. We arrived at 5:45 am And our number was 65 for taking the famous photos at the gate of heaven. It took 2 hours to get to our turn. We were approached by a local who offered to rent an indonesian custom for the photo, which looked pretty, and we were told it is 300 idr. When we went to the shop, he said IT iS 300 PER PERSON, we were able to negotiate the price but just be aware of the trick. There is a restaurant by the temple that offers very nice photo opportunities as good as the temple itself. You just need to get something from the restaurant and show the bill upstairs where the photos are taken.just don't miss it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Zsuzsa.Guide
    Targu Secuiesc, Romania772 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    In the eastern part of the island, 2 hours drive with private taxi from Nusa Dua, you can visit this nice place. Entrance 55.000 rupiah, and shuttle 45.000. Crouded, need to wait for taking pictures at the Gate of Heaven. Do not miss Tirta Gannga also, 20 minutes from there with car. P.s. private taxi for 8 hours - 1.000.000 rupiah, but don't worry, not enough. So extra is 100.000 rupiah/ hour. Worth the money. Ask for private taxi at the hotel's reception
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 17, 2023
  • rz0dcr
    Sheffield, United Kingdom314 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Photo Opportunity
    We drove here from Nusa Dua, it’s a 2.5hr drive. On arrival you pay 45 idr and a bus will take you to the top of a very steep hill. Before you arrive at the temple you will pay another 55 idr for entry along with a number for your place in the queue for you photo. The walk to the temple takes about 5 mins but is very steep so something to consider if you have difficulty walking. We didn’t bother to wait for the photo opportunity as it was a 2 hr wait and we had other places to visit. All in all a great photo opportunity with the volcano in the background.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
  • RS
    London, United Kingdom76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Classic view, but a long wait!
    Everyone has seen the pictures from Lempuyang on instagram. It’s worth a visit just to experience the production line of tourists waiting in line for that spot. We got to the temple at 6am and were still 84th in line to get our photo!! So we entertained ourselves for 2.5 hours whilst we waited for our photo moment. Whilst you wait, you can see everyone else practicing their poses and no doubt you will join in! As I said, its a production line but does provide an iconic viewpoint. The temple itself is high up on the hillside and you do wonder how on earth people built this in the first place. Ultimately, if you want that iconic picture, you should get in queue pre 6am and come with things to keep you entertained :)
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 27, 2023
  • S L
    Half Moon Bay, California18 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the Wait?
    Lempuyang Temple built on a hill is impressive and exotic, especially with the captivating dragon heads and massively long tails, descending from the top. The Gates of Heaven is picturesque though sight of Mount Agung is not guaranteed. This mountain was shrouded in clouds when we visited. Here are a few things to be aware: Visitors are charged a photo fee in addition to the ticket price, whether you choose to take photos of yourself with the Gates of Heaven. We were advised at the ticket booth that it was a 3-hour wait to pose with the Gates. Our guide told us that for one of his prior customers, they waited 4 (or more?) hours. When we finally arrived at the temple after a short shuttle ride (from the ticket booth), we noticed the huge crowd waiting. When your number is called, you have about a minute of so to take a photo (or two) of yourself/party with the Gates. Someone calls out the numbers, and moves the crowd through as quickly as possible. Is it worth the wait? Our guide suggested that we simply walk through the Gates and take photos from the other side of the Gates. While it wasn't as scenically dramatic, we at least caught ourselves on camera with the Gates in the background.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 15, 2023
  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,957 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Temple and Location is Gorgeous, But to Touristy
    Lempuyang is a gorgeous temple, sitting on top of a mountain on the opposite side of Mt. Agung. What is not to love? For starters, tourists come here just to take that iconic Bali photo. I did not take a photo, I just explored the temple complex but heard the wait to get your photo taken was anywhere from 1 to 4 hours. I just can't see how people can waste time like this just for a photo. I got great shots of the gate when people were rotating in and out. You have a ton of people just hanging around. Unfortunately, I gave this temple 3 stars because it's to touristy. The temple is beautiful as is the landscape though.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 26, 2024
  • KatWomanNYC
    2,773 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous experience, worth getting up at 4 am
    This was absolutely worth getting up for a 4 am pickup from Ubud. We arrived around 5:45 am to get the shuttle and then walked the remainder of the way after getting the required free sarongs. We were number 22. It took about an hour to get our photos. We were done with our photos by 6:55 am. They were kind enough to take couple shots and solo shots for us.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 11, 2024
  • Mdlim24
    Oakland, California951 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gate to (Heaven) “a really long queue”
    Do you like waiting in queues? Do you enjoy waking up at 3am? Or love the idea of trying to be creative with poses for a photo that is not technically “real” per se? I got the perfect place for you! Lempuyang Temple This temple is located quite a distance from most people’s hotels, so for me, I left the hotel at 3:15am to get there by 5:15am. After a shuttle ride and getting a number, paying the fee to take a photo, and then walking up a steep hill I was finally at the Gate to Heaven. But in actuality it’s the Gate to a long queue. I got out there by 7am despite being one of the first ones there at 5:15am. The employees here use a trick of the camera to create an image that has a reflection. You are given three or four poses to take photos of you at the gate. I felt it was kind of corny and touristy. I guess if it’s the first time in Bali, why not, but anyone who does it more than once is crazy.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written May 26, 2024
  • UglyKid
    Singapore, Singapore8 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Want Good Phots But _ _ _ _
    Taking phots with Gate of Heaven is ama _ _ _ zing!! Hold on!! Wait a moment!! Yeah!! To take a nice photo with Gate of Heaven, must buy their (local photographer) packages and if not, take a picture from further away. They already occupied the nice spot and even you buy their package, have to wait for 2-3 hrs (depends on crowd). Buy package, so you can walk to the gate of heaven and take a few phots (may be 3 or 4 per person depends on package) with local photographer. If you don't bother about the nice view, go down to other side (not from the gate) and can take a nice photo but local photographer already occupied the nice spot too. My 2 cents advice, if you have other activities or plans, pls go and do first.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written June 19, 2024
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AM4445
Lancaster, PA95 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This place is not worth the 3-hr drive from Tanjung Benoa. We were picked at 5am on advice from tour company. Temple was packed already at 8am. Tourists are given numbers and when your number is called you can go up for your picture of the gate opening. We waited about 45 minutes to see how fast the line was going and they only got through about 10 numbers. We would have had to wait at least another 3 hours to get our picture. We decided to give up and not waste the whole day. Our tour guide walked us back down the hill a little ways and we paid a small donation to use another photo opportunity spot. Lempuyang is for the Instagram kids!
Written February 6, 2020
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Dsr Rdmw
15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
It was around 3 hours drove from Legian area (no traffic at that time & we were lil bit lost). Recommend to drive with a manual car since the Temple will be high up there.

We came when the pandemic is still going on and it was sooo quite. We arrived around 10.30-ish and we got ticket no. 7! The ticket is our turn to take pictures. We were surprised because it usually already crowded & a lot of people queue since early in the morning. There were only some of locals that took pictures before us and less than 5 minutes we already had ours.

If you love photography then this temple might be for you. Who doesn't know about the famous gate with Mount Agung as the background? However for those who love to explore there is not much too see over here. The higher temple is off limit. Only for people who come to pray. Correct me if I'm wrong, there are 3 areas. 2 lower area also for praying.

It was kinda not worth it because we paid IDR 50,000 / pax for domestic. Maybe its a new price because of this pandemic? The plus was since we were the only visitor as a "tourist", we could take pictures as much as we want without time limit.

Btw, the temple is not as high as what people say. We only walked around 5 minutes.
Written September 6, 2020
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Yamkaidow
Phnom Penh, Cambodia68 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A beautiful morning of driving from Amed Beach took us to this mountain with many famous temples. I was not prepared for what we found. I started to feel uneasy seeing gaudy posters advertising Instagram tours and images of tourists doing cheesy poses in heart shaped swings. When we arrived at the lower temple, I found out this was the main draw, and for most tourists the only spot they were visiting. We were given an entry ticket and dutifully donned sarongs and then the realisation hit; the ticket was to join a queue of tourists all taking the same photos of themselves at two opposite ends of the temple. There is no chance to explore let alone photograph the magnificent view as the Instagram me me me tourists have taken over.
We walked to the top of the mountain 1800 steps, very very hard work and enjoyed the temples at the top, with only locals there praying.
Returning to Disneyland, the crowds were unbearable with dozens of buses and guides desperately trying to coral their charges away as young men with loudspeakers up above shouted abuse. I even saw a Balinese guide totally lose his temper screaming at his flock to get in the bus or be left behind. Just awful.
Perhaps at dawn this can be a beautiful experience but is otherwise an instructive illustration of how mass tourism has ruined parts pf Bali. Be warned
Written March 11, 2020
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Radu B
Cluj-Napoca, Romania467 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Just walk up and enjoy the serene atmosphere &amazing view to Agung Mt. The temple itself is closed, reserved only for local ceremonies! Access fee 20k IDR incl.sarong, but not including the Gate of HeavenTrick Photo (iconic Instagram viral photo) done by a local "master" with a glass chop under the camera, for an extra charge. BUT it's a 1 or 2 hours line, in the order of access tickets! Just take with your phone few pics at the Gate between the people from the line! And take some relax moments in a shadow quiet corner! when you step down... A must visit 2H away from Ubud, together with Tirta Gangga, Amed beach &Taman Ujung. Call your driver to come pick up you from the entrance tree, not walk back by crowded street.
Written January 31, 2020
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Gideon_Lam
Singapore, Singapore229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This is a good place to get awesome Instagram photos. Note that you have to get there early. You have to pay IDR100K, which covers the bus ride up and down the hill, and the sarong which is used to cover the underpart of your body.

I went there at 8.30 am and there were about 100 people in front of me. Waited for 3 hours before I got to get my pose. You will be given 4 poses at Heaven's Gate. Jump shots are allowed but no lifting of legs as exposing anything under the sarong is considered unclean. Females who are menstruating are not allowed to be in the area.

On a clear day, you will get a clear view of Mt Agung.
Written September 22, 2022
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Tul
Manchester, UK69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Was looking online when I came across this place because it wasn’t originally part of our plan but so glad we went. The temple itself is high up the mountain so you’ll need to be travelling with an experienced driver/tour to get you up there.
Once you’re up there, you’ll have to pay a ‘contribution fee’ to help maintain the temple and of course you’ll be provided with a sarong to wear before stepping into temple areas.
There’s two main areas, one has the big swing and scenic mountain view and the other is the most popular area for a picture which is named ‘gate to heaven’ or ‘stairway to heaven’ depending on whom you ask. The waiting time to have your picture taken there is slightly mad, in the end I couldn’t be bothered waiting but if you have the patience then I’d recommend it.
Written January 7, 2020
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Handojo S
Jakarta, Indonesia327 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
We visited this temple in late December 2020 during the Covid pandemic. It took almost 2 hours to drive from Sanur beach where we stayed. Once we arrived on the spot, visitors are required to park their cars in the designated parking lot, and paid Rp.50.000/person to ride roundtrip the chartered minibus to take visitors up to the temple. Steep price, but worth it. The attendants said cars are not allowed to go up because of steep inclination, and there is no sufficient parking space up there. The ride from the parking lot to the temple area took less than 10 minutes, but the view on the surrounding was amazing. Once we arrived on the base of the temple, we had to pay another Rp.50.000/person as entrance ticket. Hmmm....that is already Rp.100.000/person. The attendants gave sarong to wear, and yellow scarf for the ladies to cover the open shoulders. From there to the temple, we had to walk up another 5 minutes. If you like, you can pay Rp.5.000 for the motorcycles to take visitors up to the temple. The view was great, and temple was amazing. It is such a nice place to take pictures. They call it, the gates to heaven, and I think it is. Great place, worth the time.
Written December 22, 2020
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Samuel Pasaribu
Bekasi, Indonesia3,207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We visited this place in the afternoon. We must park our car at the parking area and changed with shuttle bus. The price for shuttle bus was Rp. 50.000,- per person for return trip. The road from parking area to the temple was uphill and winding. It took about 5 minutes.

To enter the temple we must pay ticket and the price was Rp. 50.000,- per person and we got sarong that must be use in the temple area. They gave us queue number for taking picture at the Gate of Heaven. From the shuttle bus stop to the temple the road was very uphill, the distance was 200 m. We may choose to take a walk or use motorbike and pay Rp. 5.000,-. We chose to use motorbike that time.

Lucky us there was no queue at the Gate of Heaven, and we could directly took picture. There was an officer that will take pictures for us. He used a black tile to make the reflection effect. We just need to give him our handphone. We took many pictures until we had no more idea. We gave tip to the officer. There were some other objects at the area. A big temple and the gate from the other side.
Written June 6, 2021
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V Sridhar S
Bengaluru, India137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Compared to other temple sites, I would say Lempuyang is now a tourist commodity and an Instagram placeholder. There is a small place up near the gateway to heaven with tourists waiting in two sheds on both sides to the gate. Expect wait times of 1-2 hours for your pictures. Nothing else to do.

You may be better off taking a picture from the sidelines during people transitions - without getting the perfectly aligned view. The remote mountain ends up being cloudy most days.

The remaining parts to the temple are very picture worthy. The steps with the dragon opposite the gate. The steps down from the gateway to heaven. The temple is also a steep slope to climb and descend.
Written January 11, 2020
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Garrett P
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Decided to visit the attraction after my wife saw it listed on numerous tours and lists for photo opportunities.

Upon arrival was charged 45k IDR per person for a shuttle to the temple entrance, where the ticketing office is. There we were informed that we are number 476 in the queue with about 200 people ahead of us.

We didn’t bother with a ticket as it was 15.00 at that time. Instead we had lunch at a local restaurant with a mountain view and photo opportunities on the roof included for customers. The staff have some tricks to make the photos look stunning.

Is it beautiful? I don’t know I’ve only seen photos.

Recommend and early morning visit to beat the queues
Written August 16, 2022
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