Pura Gunung Lebah Temple in Ubud

Landmark Temple in Bali

Pura Gunung Lebah Temple is one of Ubud’s central landmarks. The 8th century temple is at the western end of the Jalan Raya Ubud main road. It overlooks the eastern side of Ubud’s Campuhan valley. Hence, its name loosely translates to ‘mountain valley temple’ in old Balinese. It dates to the times of the historical Hindu priest Rsi Markandeya. The historical figure is responsible for building most of the major temples on the island. Gunung Lebah is free to visit. It's most colourful during its ‘Piodalan’ temple anniversary. This occurs every 210 days on a ‘Wuku Sinta’ Wednesday on the Balinese Pakuwon calendar. The day coincides with the Pagerwesi Day celebrations in Bali.

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Features of Pura Gunung Lebah Temple

Like most of the ancient temples in Ubud, Pura Gunung Lebah is beautifully set among lush natural settings. It's surrounded by bamboo forests, with the Campuhan River flowing below it. It's positioned at a good distance away from the main road and at a low elevation. The temple is quite hushed from the hubbubs of traffic, which helps provide pilgrims a sense of calm during their prayers. The temple has close spiritual ties to Batur Temple in the namesake mountain. Batur is around a 90-minute drive up north in the central highlands. Gunung Lebah itself honours the goddess of Batur, and is tribute to the deified founding ancestors of Ubud.

The temple complex comprises three courtyards. You can easily enter the first outer courtyard and admire its Balinese temple features. You'll instantly see the towering shrines of the ‘Padmasana’ from the centre. The two inner courtyards are usually open during ceremonies. However, you can try your luck anytime while paying close attention to proper temple attire (a sarong and sash around your waist at a minimum). Inside, you'll find the Bale Gong or gamelan pavilion where the orchestra is staged to accompany ceremonies. Dancers also usually prepare to perform here. A majestic Bale Kulkul tower houses the temple’s wooden bell. The complex’s main shrines feature varying numbers of roof tiers. There are also resting pavilions for devotees. 

You can find Pura Gunung Lebah temple at the eastern end of Ubud’s landmark Campuhan bridge. You can easily see the towering shrines and the courtyard through the high foliage from above. It’s possible to walk down to the temple from most of the hotels in the immediate area. The closest is the Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas & Spa. The pathway to the right of the temple leads you down to the scenic Campuhan Ridge Walk. You can enjoy a pleasant light trek or a refreshing jog with lush green views over the Campuhan valley on this trail.

Recommended Hotel Nearby - Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas & Spa

Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas & Spa

When you a stay at Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas & Spa in Ubud, you'll be on the riverwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Gunung Lebah Temple and Blanco Museum.Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services.A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite. Read More...

Pura Gunung Lebah Temple

  • Location: Jalan Raya Ubud, Campuhan, Ubud
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