Taman Ayun Temple, Bali

by Leslie on December 14, 2011

I know what you’re thinking – another temple? Believe me, I’m with you. As evidenced by my pictures, I became more enthused photographing lily pads and gigantic spiders than I did the actual temple. But bear with me, there’s only one more temple after this one. And its a pretty one… on a lake.

Blame it on Jimmy. Jimmy was our driver for three days, taking us to all over Bali to see the sights he deemed most important, and man, did he love temples. First off I have to say his real name wasn’t Jimmy. It was a combination of three names that I couldn’t pronounce if my life depended on it. We lovingly referred to him as Jimmy behind his back and then avoided situations where we’d have to call him his name to his face. He was so sweet and very spiritual and as I said, made it his goal to take us to as many temples as possible. The last day he drove us to the town of Tulamben on the east coast of the island where we would stay a couple of days. When Jolian told him where we wanted to go Jimmy’s face lit up – there were so many temples we could stop at along the way! I think it nearly broke his heart when we told him that we just wanted to drive straight through. So this post is for him.

Taman Ayun Temple was built in 1634 by the King of Mengwi as his family temple. It has a beautiful moat running around it filled with flowering lily pads and gorgeous manicured grounds. It also has some big spiders if that’s more your thing. Check out more pictures below. Do it for Jimmy.

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