Taman Ayun Temple ( Pura Taman Ayun )
A historical Balinese Temple and Garden Complex
Taman Ayun is a significant temple and landmark in Mengwi, 17 kilometers northwest of Denpasar. The temple complex is recognized for its beautiful traditional architectural characteristics that can be found throughout the courtyards and enclosures. The temple also boasts lovely lotus-filled fish ponds and extensive grounds.
Taman Ayun means 'beautiful garden' in English. This palatial complex is a fantastic spot to marvel at early Balinese architecture as well as picture what life was like for Balinese royals within palace walls in the past. For example, there are large pools where royal maids used to paddle around in little canoes.
The moss-lined walls and jade algae-filled water add to the rustic attractiveness of the entire panorama of this centuries-old temple complex, even if the royal pools are far from what may be envisioned during its days of glory.
Tjokorda Sakti Blambangan, the Mengwi kingdom's monarch at the time, built the temple in 1634. It was designed in the style of Chinese architecture and underwent a major repair project in 1937. The temple shrines' towering tiers make up the majority of Taman Ayun's profile, expressing the people of Mengwi's devotion for their deified nobles. The temple is known as Mengwi's "mother temple."
The Mengwi people were supposed to use the Taman Ayun Temple as their main place of devotion instead of traveling long distances to larger temples like Besakih in East Bali, Batukaru in Tabanan, or Batur in Kintamani. It also functioned as a unifying emblem for the Mengwi people and royalty.
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