Pura Lempuyang Luhur consists of six separate temples that are build into the slopes of Lempuyang mountain. A path leads up to the holiest sanctuary on the mountain’s top, 1.058 meters above sea level.

But already the first of the six temples, Penataran Agung provides spectacular views on Mount Agung through a split gate. A towering dragon staircase raises up between different levels of this first temple.

View from Lempuyang

Lempuyang Stairs

The temple is said to be the oldest one on Bali, established the 8th (10th) century. Legends say that when mother earth was only 70 years old, the island of Bali was instable and earthquakes happened daily. The god Pacupati, who resides in Mount Sumeru saw this condition and asked his three children to stabilize Bali. He sent Hyang Gni Jaya, Hyang Putra Jaya and Dewi Danu to Bali to reside in three different places; Dewi Danu on Mount Batur, Hyang Putra Jaya on Mount Agung, and Hyang Gni Jaya in Lempuyang Luhur Temple. In its present form, the temple was constructed during the 1950s and 60s.


Consisting of 6 temples along 1700 steps, the complex is certainly difficult to access. We focus on the first temple, amazing Penataran Agung. With special permission from the traditional village chief we are allowed to use a side way into the temple. We provide portable ramps and organise carriers where needed. For detailed information with photos about accessibility at Pura Lempuyang contact us.