Pura Taman Ayun
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Taman Ayun Temple is a landmark in the village of Mengwi, Badung regency,approximately 18 kilometers north of Kuta. Taman Ayun literally translates as ‘beautiful garden’ and is generally regarded as one of the most attractive temples of Bali. This temple complex boasts magnificent traditional architectural features throughout its courtyards and enclosures as well as expansive garden landscapes comprised of lotus and fish ponds. In addition to its beauty, Taman Ayun Temple is also considered to have historical values, which makes the regional government of Bali suggests the UNESCO in 2002 that this temple is included in World Heritage List.
Taman Ayun temple was built in the seventeenth century (1634) by the first king of Mengwi Kingdom, Tjokorda Sakti Blambangan, with Chinese architectural inspirations. Then, massive repair was implemented in 1937 and refurbishment was made in 1949 for the Kori Agung entrance, split gates and set up the big wantilan hall. Split gates and monument of 16 meters high were established in the middle courtyard of the temple designed of Javanese architectural style. Meanwhile, small shrines in the form of stone seats consisting of 64 pieces, denoting megalithic monument, were built to immortalize the ancestral warriors who died in the battlefield.
Each Anggara Kasih, the Tuesday of wuku or week Medangsia in Balinese Pawukon calendar (Saka), a piodalan (ceremony) is held in this temple to celebrate the temple’s anniversary.