Let’s visit Taman Ayun Temple.
Built in 1634, Taman Ayun Temple was a main temple of the Mengwi Kingdom, which survived until 1891. According to Lonely Planet, this is a spacious place to wander around, away from crowds. And we agree. To enter this Hindu temple complex, your legs must be covered.
A few of our group, including our guide, were wearing shorts. The temple provides complimentary sarongs for men and women so we could all enter. Properly attired, we climb the stairs and pass through this gate.
This is a meru, or multitiered shrine.
Very elegant. And a large temple.
We are instructed to go around this building to see the moat and more of the complex.
Very nice. As we walk, we ducks admire the foliage.
Aren’t these interesting blossoms? And another view.
Notice that there are not many tourists here. Time to wander, take photos and enjoy the serenity.
This complex is surrounded by a moat. This is now part of subak, a complex rice-field irrigation system. The masonry is beautiful.
This covered area is available for gatherings. We love this.
With the water we enjoy the stone fish. You can guess what this was used for.
The figures show this to be the arena for cock fights. Isn’t this a pretty fountain?
We like it. But everybody knows ducks love water. Leaving Taman Ayun Temple complex, we discovered a modern use for the extensive moat system.
Fishing on a warm afternoon seems to be a pastime enjoyed all over the world. We recommend that you visit this temple when you are in Bali. Beautiful and away from the crowds.