The Royal Temple of Mengwi is one of the most important Hindu temples in Bali. Built in 1634 by a King of the Mengwi dynasty, this impressive complex stands on an island in a river. Its inner temple is surrounded by a moat. Its Balinese name Pura Taman Ayun literally means ‘Garden Temple in the Water’.
Part of a network of directional temples that protect Bali from evil spirits, Pura Taman Ayun was built as a series of garden terraces with courtyards on different levels. The entire complex was designed to symbolize the mythological home of the gods, Mount Meru, floating in the sea of eternity.
Pura Taman Ayun is located about 18 km north of Denpasar and was enlarged in 1937, making some of its structures the most modern temple architecture in Bali.
Found on Flickr (PeterCH51 ) for this dark evil building. Original date: 2013-01-27 09:27:40
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