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Gunung Kawi Sightseeing

Explore one of Bali's oldest and largest ancient monuments. Ponder the significance of the 10 candis or shrines that sit in 7m-high sheltered niches cut into the cliff face.

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Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi – Image courtesy of Chensiyuan/Wikimedia Commons


Introducing Gunung Kawi, Bali

Gunung Kawi is believed to have been built in honour of the 11th century king Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favourite queens; an inscription dates the temple to A.D. 945.

Although there are no bones in the candis, inscriptions (most of them unreadable) thought to be names or titles can be seen above the doors.

This fascinating early Balinese religious site is accessed by descending (then ascending) 300 stone steps, which are cut into the steep slopes of a lush green river valley.

Gunung Kawi is located amidst picturesque rice paddies; and the site is less visited and somewhat more quiet than many others in Bali.

Contact Information

Location: Tampaksirin, around 15km north of Ubud
Admission: Rp6,000
Hours: Daily 7am-5pm


Latest update on Bali honeymoon destination: 12 October, 2019


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