Bali is a strikingly beautiful island. However, its beautiful nature is not all that will delight curious tourists on the island. There are more than 11,000 large and small temples here. Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal is one of them. It is located at one of the slopes of the mountain Agung, which is expressed in its name.
The temple complex of Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, or the "Temple of the death" is located deep in the sacred monkey forest. The sacred forest is a nature reserve inhabited by "guardians" of the temple – long-tailed macaques. The history of the temple belonging to the community of Padang Tegal, dates back for not less than six centuries.
The "Temple of the death" is the refuge of the powers of darkness and evil spirits. The entrance to the temple is guarded by statues of the witch-widow Rangda; everywhere you can see other sculptures symbolizing the after world.
Visitors and tourists can't enter the inner indoor premises of the temple, but it does not prevent to enjoy the unusual beauty of the temple complex: kulkul drum tower from red brick, elaborately carved sculpture Bhoma and the legendary bird garuda. The combination of materials and colors against the dense forest looks very impressive. The temple is very beautiful especially with its abundance of lacy carving on the walls and sculptures.
Jl. Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
8° 31′ 7.76″ S, 115° 15′ 30.18″ E