While Lempuyang Temple is spectacular, there are so many photoshopping pictures on Instagram that it can be a disappointment for many people. It is a spectacular backdrop with a steep climb over several stone steps to get to the top of the temple complex. In my opinion, most tourists miss the point of getting the perfect shot through the temple gates back to Mount Agung (the active volcano that disrupted flights in 2018).
The reality is that Mount Agung can be seen clearly just a few hours after sunrise before the clouds set in. And those mirror-like Instagram photos that make it look like a lake are completely wrong.
However, if you are in Bali for more than two weeks, I recommend going to Lempuyang as the temple complex is inspiring for the way to the main stone staircase with a view of the gates.
Best combined with a day tour in the water palace further down in the valley, since the journey will take several hours. However, if you’re sharp enough to wake up around 4 am to start the journey and patient enough to wait for the morning light, this is a truly spectacular sight.
Entry fee: Rp 30,000
Location: Bunutan, Abang, Karangasem
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.