Going To Bali, Indonesia?  In this installment of our Bali Travel Guide Series, we make a trip to Tirtha Empul, the holy spring temple in Bali.

Tirta Empul Day Tour – Must Visit in Bali

Our third stop of our third day of vacation at Bali is at Tirtha Empul, also known as the Holy Spring Temple.

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Just like the Uluwatu Temple, visitors to the Holy Spring Temple had to dress conservatively to enter the holy premises.  Those with inappropriate wear of shorts and short skirts would have to put on the sarongs provided for with payment of the entrance fee.


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Tirta Empul Main Attraction – Holy Spring Water

An inscription dates the founding of the Holy Springs temple at 926 AD.  That makes the temple more than 1000 years old!  The major attraction of this temple is its source of spring water, which many locals believe to possess curative powers.

The split gates that adorn most of Bali’s buildings.

We came to the Holy Spring Temple with the intention to soak ourselves in some holy water, and was fully prepared to get all wet.  But the huge crowds and the standard of hygiene made us forfeit that plan.



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Government Palace

Up on a hill overlooking the Holy Springs Temple is the Government Palace which was originally a place of residence for Dutch officials, but was in more recent years, used by former Indonesian President Soekarno during his frequent trips to Bali.  It is currently uninhabited.

At many places of worship, you’ll find these black and white checkered cloths draped around tree trucks and alters.  According to our tour guide, the black and white checks is considered sacred and symbolizes the natural forces of yin and yang, good and evil, right and wrong etc.  I am a huge fan of checkered prints, but I never knew that it had religious meaning in Bali!

The Holy Spring Temple also consists of individual shrines for the various Balinese deities.

Another courtyard holds another pool of spring water that is so crystal clear, we could see to the bottom of the pond.



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Another courtyard holds a pond full of beautiful Koi.  Fish food are available for sale if you are interested.


Remember to have a picture taken at the exit gate.

Once we exit from the temple, we had to walk through a ‘village’ of shops selling traditional crafts and Balinese products.  Most of them sell similar items, so you are in a good position for bargaining if you spot something you fancy.  Based on our experience, slash the asking price by at least half or more, otherwise, walk away to another shop.  Chances are, the shopkeeper will voluntarily slash his price once you start walking away, and even if he doesn’t, you still will be able to find the same item in a shop downstream.

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Join us next as we continue our Bali adventure to Batur Mount Volcano at Kintamani.

First published 26 Jan 2015
Last updated 30 Dec 2018

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