Pictures from Bali sightseeing, Indonesia: Taman Ayun temple, Klungkung Palace, and Mother Temple of Besakih.
Bali sightseeing (Indonesia): Taman Ayun temple (Pura Taman Ayun).
Taman Ayun Temple is one of the 6 royal temples of Bali and the second in importance after the Mother Temple of Besakih. It was built in 1634 by King of Mengwi. This Hindu temple is situated in Mengwi, about 15 km north west of Denpasar in the Badung regency (administrative division) of Bali. Badung Regency contains Bali's most touristic regions, including Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Canggu, Uluwatu, Badung, and Mengwi.
Bali sightseeing (Indonesia): painted ceilings of the Klungkung Palace. © Dirk Wuyts
Klungkung is the smallest regency of Bali. The land area of Klungkung is made mainly of the three offshore islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan.
The Klungkung Palace (Klungkung Taman Gili) is a historical building complex located in Semarapura, the capital of the Klungkung Regency. It is famous for its classic Balinese paintings which depict the story of the epics like Mahabharata or Ramayana. Today the court of justice, the Kertha Gosa Pavilion, is the main remains of the palace.
Bali attraction (Indonesia): Pura Besakih, also known as the Mother Temple of Besakih. © Dirk Wuyts
Pura Besakih is the largest Hindu Temple in Bali. It is located in the village Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung (the highest volcano of the island) in eastern Bali. It is actually a complex consisting of twenty-two temples. Several religious festivals are held on the site each year.
Bali is known as the "Island of a Thousand Puras (temples)"or "Island of the Gods" since it has countless other temples.