Uluwatu Temple is a Bali tourist site located in Pecatu Village, Kuta Sub-district, Badung District. Denpasar is approximately 30 kilometres from the shrine. Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple is one of six Sad Kahyangan Temples that serve as the island’s spiritual cornerstones. This temple is Bali’s most well-known tourist attraction, and many visitors come to enjoy the breathtaking sunset views against the backdrop of the sacred temple and the ocean. This tourist spot is great for people who enjoy watching the sunset because of its unparalleled natural beauty. At sunset, Uluwatu Temple offers views of the Indian Ocean.
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Etymologically the word “Ulu” means “the end, top, or peak”, while “Watu” means “Stone”. So Uluwatu Temple means a sacred place built on the top of a rock, is Balinese Hindu Uluwatu Temple that located in the southwest direction as a temple to worship God in the form of Batara Shiva Rudra, is an ancient uluwatu temple in Bali, the historical background of the establishment of this Luhur Uluwatu Temple, although it is not clear when it was built, it is estimated that it was built during the Sri Msula-Masuli husband and wife kingdom around the 9th century, built by Mpu Kuturan or by MPU Rajacreta title. There are two different opinions concerning the history of the temple.
- Uluwatu Temple First Opinions, Some people believe that Uluwatu Temple was built by Empu Kuturan in 9th AD, during Marakata’s reign.
Mpu Kuturan is a Buddhist priest from the village of Girah in East Java, he came to Bali because of the urge to teach dharma and religion, was very instrumental in uniting the sects in Bali, so that the Kahyangan Tiga temple was realized, the manifestation of God as the Tri god. Murti and denied Kembulan. The history of the establishment of the Luhur Uluwatu temple, related to ancient relics or the physical form of the uluwatu temple, such as the bracket temple or the Kori gelung agung in the temple courtyard that limits the temple grounds, characterizes that this temple is an ancient relic, the physical form indicates that the uluwatu temple existed before Mpu Kuturan came to Bali. However, no inscription has been found that mentions the exact year the temple was founded, because some sources say this temple was built at the suggestion of Mpu Kuturan.
- Uluwatu Temple Second Opinions, Other people claim that Uluwatu Temple was built by Dang Hyang Nirartha
Dang Hyang Nirartha came from Java to Bali during the reign of King Gelgel, namely Dalem Waturenggong, Has many names or titles, namely Dang Hyang Dwijendra, and Ida Pedanda Sakti Wawu Rauh. Danghyang Nirartha came to Bali in 1489 AD during the reign of Dalem Waturenggong, Danghyang Nirartha came to Bali in the context of the dharmayatra, but his dharmayatra would never return to Java. The priest on the journey of Tirta Yatra in Bali has built several temples in remote parts of the island of Bali, including the Uluwatu Temple that located in Pecatu hill, after completing his mission for spiritual journey Tirta Yatra, Danghyang Dwijendra returned to uluwatu temple for receive the revelation. He moksa (died and his body vanished), leaving the Marcapada (worldly life) and entering Swargaloka (heaven).
Administratively, Pura Luhur Uluwatu is located in Pecatu Village, South Kuta District, Badung Regency. Uluwatu Temple occupies land on a high cliff jutting into the Indonesian Ocean with a height of 79 meters above sea level, has a land area of 5,000 m². The layout of the Uluwatu Temple building adapts the Tri Mandala concept, which is to divide the land into three important parts, while the guidelines and basic concepts for optimizing the function of the holy place as a center for fostering and developing human resources as a whole, comprehensive and integrated in order to achieve independence and spiritual prosperity in accordance with the spirit and the intentions contained in the Tri Mandala conception, and the Uluwatu Temple also adapts this Tri Mandala concept. When viewed from above, the shape is tapered from the outer page to the main page, the outer page is wider than the middle page and main page. Outside the Jaba Area of uluwatu temple, the length is 13.25 meters, the width is 12.43 meters, The area of Jaba Tengah Panjang: 35, 54 meters, width 9.20 meters, The area of viscera Length: 28.30 meters Width: 8.10 meters. Main temple of Uluwatu, there are two doors at the end of the path, the north door and the south one, through which visitors enter the uluwatu temple complex. The entrance doors at Uluwatu Temple take the shape of stone Bentar gates. Standing across from each gate, there are two statues of elephant-headed men. The front part of the gate is decorated with fine relief sculpture picturing leaves and flowery patterns. Behind the gate, there are stone steps that lead to the inner court. Along the steps, trees are grown to provide shade.
The location of the Uluwatu temple is in the South Bali islands area, right in the village of Pecatu, Bali, Indonesia. Located at the southern end of the Pecatu Hills with a stretch of Indian Ocean beach as a stunning backdrop for this beautiful temple. The road to Uluwatu Temple is through hills with winding roads with unspoiled views of the surroundings. If you are from Kuta it will take about 60 minutes to reach the location of the uluwatu temple, and if you want to explore it yourself you can use google map to reach this location, is not so difficult to find, because this tourist attraction is so popular and every day never deserted by visitors who come here. If you want something simple, you can contact us and we will take you here to see the uniqueness and majesty the Uluwatu Sunset.
The facilities at the Uluwatu temple are very complete where these facilities will make the tourists feel very comfortable during your visit. From the parking area which is quite large enough to accommodate large buses here, it is really very spacious, so you don’t have to worry if you don’t get a parking space, toilet facilities are provided here, there are toilets near the entrance and also near the exit, so you don’t have to worry about the toilets here at Uluwatu Temple, besides that there are also several small shops that sell snacks and drinks or soft drinks for those of you who are thirsty can stop by the stall here. And also here is given a free sarong that you can use to enter the Uluwatu Temple area, because the sarong here is already a package from the entrance ticket of uluwatu temple. In addition, around Uluwatu there are many lodgings for those of you who want to stay here.
for enjoying the beautiful sunset view with an amazing ocean background, there are other tourist attractions that are no less interesting, namely watching Kecak and Fire Dance Performance at this Uluwatu Temple. The location of this Kecak dance is not far from the temple with an open air theater designed to accommodate many people and with a very beautiful view point overlooking the ocean and temple. So while you watch the Kecak dance, you can see the beauty of the sunset and the beauty of Uluwatu Temple from the theater. It’s an amazing experience where you can see three very beautiful things in one place which is uluwatu, sunset and kecak dance. The duration of this Kecak dance ranges from one hour in duration by bringing the story from the Ramayana where Hanuman is assigned to free Sinta from Ravana’s abduction. A very legendary story, very well presented so that it will not make you bored, but very entertained. If you want to watch this Kecak dance, we suggest coming early at Uluwatu Temple for buy this Kecak ticket because this show is always very crowded.
Visitors must wear a sarong and a sash, as well as appropriate clothes common for temple visits. They can be hired here. The best time to visit uluwatu temple is just before sunset. Kecak and Fire Dance Performance is performed everyday at the adjacent cliff-top stage at 18:00 to 19:00. Visitors are charged a nominal fee. What makes it the most favourite venue to watch a Kecak dance is the sunset background of the performance. There’s no public transportation to get here and going back in to town will be difficult without any prearranged ride or taxi. we have the tour program for visit this Uluwatu Temple and Kecak dance, can read the details here Half Day Uluwatu Sunset Tour. Apart from the tour packages that we offer, we from Bali Tour also offer car charter facilities to go to the Uluwatu temple, so you will enjoy the atmosphere more without having to rush into joining the tour program, with very affordable prices and an experienced driver will make this trip to uluwatu temple even more fun