Taman Ayun Temple, Mengwi
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Taman Ayun Temple was built from 1632-1634 by the king of the Mengwi Kingdom, I Gusti Agung Putu Raja. In the construction of Taman Ayun Temple, he was assisted by an architect who came from a Chinese descendant from Banyuwangi named Ing Khang Ghoew, also often called I Kaco, a colleague of King Mengwi. Taman Ayun Temple is a family temple for the Mengwi Kingdom, and is where the Royal Family worship their ancestors.
The temple itself is closed to visitors, and can only be viewed from outside, but in this case there is good visual access, and raised platforms so it is east to see. The temple complex is divided into four different courtyards, one higher than the other. The first court can be reached only by passing through the gate and the bridge over the moat. The main temple has many Meru Shrines, of many tiers, including the highest 11-Tiered Shrines. Inside the grounds there is also a small museum, with historical photographs.
Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu
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