Taman Ayun is an attractive temple located Mengwi Village, Mengwi sub district, Badung regency about 18 kilometers north of Denpasar City. The meaning of Taman Ayun is “beautiful garden” based on the name, the temple is set on a beautiful land which is surrounded by fish ponds. The temple owns several Merus (temple building with multistoried roof) and Balinese architecture, it also has a neat garden in front of the courtyard to welcome all visitors. The temple was built in 1634 by the king of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu. Taman Ayun temple is a family temple where ancestors of the Mengwi kingdom and important Gods are honored.
There are four divisions in Taman Ayun Temple each ranking is higher than the other. The first one is “Jaba” it is the outer division, it can e accessed through a single entrance. It consists of a small guardian shrine, a Wantilan or a meeting hall and a tall fountain. The second and ther third terraces are slightly higher than the first , ornamental features that depict the nine Hindu Gods are found in this court. On the east side of the court there is a small temple called Pura Dalem Bekak and on the western corner, there is an eight meter high wooden bell tower known as Bale Kulkul. The last court is considered as the most sacred court that has the highest rank. The central gate of this court is only opened during ceremonies, but there is another gate at the east side for daily access.
The entrance fee to this temple is only Rp 5.000. A special ceremony every 210 days based on the Balinese calender called “Anggara Kasih” is celebrated in this temple. Taman Ayun is a beautiful place to visit when having a vacation in Bali.