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Meduwe Karang Hindu Temple
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Meduwe Karang Hindu Temple

Meduwe Karang Hindu Temple is an elaborate Hindu temple tucked away in Kubutambahan Village, about 11 kilometres north from Singaraja.

History has it that the temple was built in dedication to the rice god Dewi Sri. The temple’s name translates to ‘to who owns the abundance of the earth’ in Indonesian.

Meduwe Karang Hindu Temple Bali Entrance Fees & Dress Code

The locals believe that the presence of the temple is part of the reason why the area is fruitful. For this reason, it is not uncommon to meet locals gather at the temple to pray for bountiful harvests from their crops.

The temple is made up of three distinct sections. The first part of the temple is a courtyard with three separate levels. Each of the levels has a different number of figures and these are key because they represent characters obtained from the popular Ramayana – considered to be one of the greatest pieces of Indian literature.

A gate opens up to the second level at Meduwe Karang Hindu Temple, where there are a series of figures present as well. Proceeding to the third level opens up the temple to a third courtyard filled with intricate carvings. One of the most popular carvings at the temple is that of a figure atop a bicycle, believed to be a couple of centuries old.

While the carvings are in excellent condition, it is important to acknowledge that the pieces of art have undergone restoration to their present state following the destructive earthquake in 1917.

On arrival, visitors are required to donate at the temple as part of entrance fees (usually between 10,000-20,000 IDR). Visitors must ensure that they wear a sarong to cover knees and ankles. Also make sure that shoulders and midriffs are covered. If you do not have your own, you can hire one from the locals at the entrance for around 5,000 IDR.

Address
Kubutambahan Village
about 11 kilometres north from Singaraja.

Operating Hours
8am - 5pm

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