Temples, Temples, Temples Pt. I

Hello there!

During our stay in Indonesia, we visited at least a million temples so many temples! And I apologize for not knowing all of the names for each of the temples we visited. 😦 We saw all of these temples in a span of 2 days, so I guess you could say we were kind of done with temples for a while after the second day. 😉

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IMG_6644Temple #1

This was the first temple I visited in Bali, Indonesia and I cannot remember the name of it for the life of me! 😦 So if you know or recognize this temple…do let me know! Anyways, what was so neat about this temple was that we were required to wear a sarong, which can be worn for religious purposes, formals, casual wear, etc. (which in this case was to respect religion by covering up). I have never worn sarong in my life, so this was new to me. Louis also wore one even though he is male. It’s not just for women!

I was really amazed at the beauty of this temple as the structure was SO detailed! It looks amazing from afar, but up close, you can see all kinds of designs, pictures, and patterns. We also wandered throughout this place and found a lot of space to walk around and gaze at smaller structures (see photo right above^). At this point, we were pretty excited about the temples!

IMG_6722IMG_6717Ulun Danu Beratan

The Ulun Danu Beratan was the temple I was MOST excited for! It was pretty much the reason we were willing to spend a whole day getting there (with stops along the way of course). I’ve researched and heard a lot about the Ulun Danu Beratan and wanted to see it for myself! I mean, why not! When in Bali, right? 🙂

IMG_6789 IMG_6743That day was prefect as far as weather and we were able to get some nice shots from different angles. Unfortunately, you were not able to get up close to the temple, but it was still pretty to look at. 🙂 I also learned that the roof-like areas are made from palm trees! There wasn’t really a lot to do as far as activities, but it was a nice place to take photos, paddle boarding, do some reflecting, and stroll for a little bit.

IMG_6544Temple #3

At Temple #3, we made a quick pit-stop at a shopping area and found another temple. We didn’t really go inside or explore much, but we found it interesting as it was gray-er and less detailed (still pretty detailed, but not as detailed) as some of the other ones we saw. Just thought I’d throw in another temple to show some variety! Here’s Louis posing and being a size-comparison to the entryway.

IMG_6858IMG_6873Temple #4

Another no-namer, but you may notice there seems to be sort of a theme with a lot of the temples in Bali. There appears to be an entryway with a cutout through the middle of the two structures, almost as though they were meant to be attached, but are chipped away or maybe even pulled apart. There were a lot of temples and structures like this in Bali, which I found to be unique to Indonesia (as far as I know). We learned that the reason there seems to be a cutout is because it’s literally just a gate–just a common style among these temples! Another look is the triangular structure with layers of the palm tree parts again, like the Ulan Danu Beratan above. Pretty unique, aye?

Well, there you have it–enough temples to last us for a while haha. 😀 I will also be writing about more temples we saw on our trip to Thailand, so keep an eye out for that one. 🙂

Until next time,

Jess

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