Candi Gunung Kawi in pictures …

Indonesia - Bali - Candi Gunung Kawi - A peaceful view of the river and a paddy field beside the stairs to the temple

On our way to Candi Gunung Kawi [Bali – Indonesia]

I have already included Candi Gunung Kawi in my previous post about 8 places that you can visit near Ubud. I just love this place, so that’s why I decided to make another blog post about Candi Gunung Kawi with more photos.

Candi Gunung Kawi is located in Tampaksiring area where it’s located near Ubud.

This is the first time I visited this place. All of this time, I only saw the place from the photos in the internet, so when I was having a holiday in Bali and decided to stay in Ubud a couple of years ago, I thought it was a good idea to visit this place.

What I didn’t realize about this place is Candi Gunung Kawi is actually located at something like a valley, down the hill, and ‘hidden’ inside a rain forest. It’s a different situation like if I went to other candi, let’s say Candi Borobudur. I could remember the weather was extremely hot, even I literally became darker after the visit to Candi Borobudur! Haha.

To reach Candi Gunung Kawi, my friend and I needed to walk down of around more than 300 stairs from the entrance gate [imagine walking up the 300 stairs!! Lol]. But the view along the way was quite nice, where we walked passed a beautiful rice terrace just on our left.

From afar, I could already see the candi complex that sits behind several trees.

Indonesia - Bali - Candi Gunung Kawi - The area of Candi Gunung Kawi from afar

The view of the Candi Gunung Kawi complex from afar [Bali – Indonesia]

The stairs then led us entering to the entrance ‘door’ where it’s actually doesn’t look like a door at all. We were actually standing in between two tall-stone-wall, and the ‘door’ is like they’re making a square hole on that stone. Before we entered the complex, there’s a ‘holy water’ near the entrance, where we can use it to cleanse ourselves.

Indonesia - Bali - Candi Gunung Kawi - The entrance door to Candi Gunung Kawi

The entrance ‘door’ to Candi Gunung Kawi [Bali – Indonesia]

Indonesia - Bali - Candi Gunung Kawi - The stairs to Candi Gunung Kawi

The blessing water, the stairs, and the stone walls – at Candi Gunung Kawi [Bali – Indonesia]

The sound of the running water of the Pakerisan River welcomed us to Candi Gunung Kawi area.

This place was actually not crowded at all. We only saw several visitors – mostly foreigner, and I love it! This means I can really enjoy my visit here and explore the area.

Indonesia - Bali - Candi Gunung Kawi - The temples from afar

A preview of the temples at Candi Gunung Kawi [Bali – Indonesia]

Indonesia - Bali - Candi Gunung Kawi - Pakerisan River

Pakerisan River that run flows through the complex of Candi Gunung Kawi [Bali – Indonesia]

To give you little information about this place; Candi Gunung Kawi was built during the King Udayana until the period of his son with the name Anak Wungsu. There are two sections of the temple, one section is located in the western side where there are four temples, and the other one is in the eastern side of the complex with five temples. Although the temple is quite simple compare to other Candi that I have visited, but it’s really unique as the temple was made by carving the stone wall to make a temple .. not only one, but there are nine temples. It still has some details on the front side of the temples.

Indonesia - Bali - Candi Gunung Kawi - The temples in the eastern side

The temples in the eastern sides of the Candi Gunung Kawi complex [Bali – Indonesia]

Indonesia - Bali - Candi Gunung Kawi - The pond in front of the temples in the eastern side

The surrounding area in front of the temple at the eastern side of Candi Gunung Kawi complex [Bali – Indonesia]

Indonesia - Bali - Candi Gunung Kawi - The temples in the western side

The four temples at the western side of Candi Gunung Kawi [Bali – Indonesia]

Besides the temple ‘on the wall’, the complex has some area that were used to meditate. You will see some big stones with holes, which apparently is ‘the window’ to the room inside the stone.

Indonesia - Bali - Candi Gunung Kawi - Inside the Hindunese Temple

Still part of the temple of Candi Gunung Kawi [Bali – Indonesia]

Indonesia - Bali - Candi Gunung Kawi - Entrance to the Meditation room

Entrance to the meditation room at Candi Gunung Kawi complex [Bali – Indonesia]

You will also see an art workshop where the artist using the coconut fruit as the way to channel his talent in crafting. The result is some good arts! And now I regret I didn’t buy any of them! ~ I was not so sure where I should put it in my room.

Indonesia - Bali - Candi Gunung Kawi - Art made from coconut fruit

The coconut art that you can find at the art workshop inside Candi Gunung Kawi complex [Bali – Indonesia]

And now … It’s time to go home … 🙂

Indonesia - Bali - Candi Gunung Kawi - Going upstairs

Going up another 300 stairs 😉 – at Candi Gunung Kawi [Bali – Indonesia]

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