Mengwi Royal Temple
Mengwi Royal Temple or you can call it Taman Ayun Temple is located in Mengwi sub-district, Badung regency, Bali. Taman Ayun is a paibon temple or Pedarman temple of King Mengwi to worship ancestral spirits of the kings in the form of a Gedong Paibon. Besides it was built Meru Meru which aims to worship the gods, for the people of Mengwi kingdom in asking for prosperity. This temple is a historical heritage from the kingdong of Mengwi. In 2012 UNISCO established Taman Ayun temple as part of the world cultural heritage site.
This temple was built in the 17th century, precisely starting to be built in 1632 and finish in 1634 by King Mengwi. At that time had another name for the Kindong “ Mangapura ”, “ Mangaraja “, and Kawiyapura, at the time I Gusti Agung Putu as the King. The process of building this temple was assisted by an architect from someone of Chinese descent from Banyuwangi named Ing Khang Ghoew.
Taman Ayun is a family temple for the kingdom of Mengwi. The reason this temple was established was because at that time the temple was a distance far enough to be reached by the Mengwi people, thus the king of Mengwi erected a number of temples as symbols of the 9 main objects in Bali, such as: Besakih temple, Ulun Danu Temple, Batur temple, Uluwatu Temple, Batukaru Temple, Tanah Lot Temple and other main temples in Bali.
Taman Ayun Temple open for public start at 08.00 – 18.15, Except Nyepi Day or silent day in Bali. Using sarong is required when you enter this temple, especially for women not allowed for those who are menstruating.
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