Taman Ayun is literally translated into ‘beautiful garden’ and generally considered as one of the most attractive temples in Bali. Taman Ayun Temple is located in a beautiful garden with trees and ponds, near Mengwi village. Taman Ayun Temple was built in 1634 by King of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu. This is a kawitan
Taman Ayun is literally translated into ‘beautiful garden’ and generally considered as one of the most attractive temples in Bali. Taman Ayun Temple is located in a beautiful garden with trees and ponds, near Mengwi village.
Taman Ayun Temple was built in 1634 by King of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu. This is a kawitan or royal family temple where there is a special shrine for ancestors deified from the respected Dynasty of Mengwi Palace.
The temple is surrounded by a large pond and can only be entered through a bridge with a split gate rich in ornaments. The gate gives access to the outermost temple courtyard.
From this split gate, there is a straight and paved walkway leading to a well-kept garden, past a square pool with a fountain right in the center. The fountain has nine showers, four of which are positioned according to the cardinal points; the other four correspond to the sub-cardinal point and the ninth lies in the center, symbolizing the Dewata Nawa Sanga or the nine major Balinese Hindu gods.
The path leads to the second split gate with the access to the middle courtyard, the second higher courtyard. Inside, there are a dividing wall and gate as the access to the innermost courtyard. This is the most sacred and important place hosting a number of five-, seven-, nine- and eleven-tiered meru shrine.
Piodalan or anniversary of Taman Ayun Temple falls every 210 days at Anggara Kasih, Medangsia based on Balinese Pawukon calendar. In the series of eight anniversary of Mangupura, the Taman Ayun hosts a photo exhibition as the results of contest entitled “Wonderful Badung Tourism 2017” on November 7-10, 2017 in the Long Pavilion.
The Wonderful Badung Tourism 2017 photo contest held on August 1-30, 2017 was organized by the district government of Badung through the Tourism Office. It aims at visually capturing all human, natural and cultural potentials as well as tourism activities in Badung district through the media of photography. There are totally 231 photographs entering the contest namely 53 photos by college students, 32 photos by high school students and 146 photos by general public.
The four-day exhibition involved 60 photographs having been selected from 231 photographs entering to the competition committee. The exhibition featured the selected works in the Wonderful Badung Tourism 2017 at Taman Ayun and would like to get the most favorite champion based on the votes of tourists visiting the Taman Ayun during the photo exhibition took place. (BTN/014)