In every village in Bali, there are several temples and at least one small one in each home. One can therefore safely say that there are more temples than homes in Bali. Most of these temples are shrines and might not be regarded as actual temples, but the number of walled compounds is believed to reach to a total of 10,000.
In the seventeenth century, during the golden time of the Kingdom of Mengwi, the King of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Ketut Karangasem, son of I Gusti Agung Made Agung built a temple in the middle of a nutmeg forest, later called Bukit Sari Temple.
The nutmeg forest is a holy area very much respected by the local people of Sangeh traditional village and the villages nearby, so that it is considered sacred, meanwhile it then develops into a place of interest attracting international visitors with hundreds of tame monkey in habitants inside the evergreen tropical forest.
Sangeh is located about 20 kilometers north of Denpasar on the way to Pelaga village. It is about 30 minutes drive from Denpasar by public transport.
Location map of Sangeh temple
Last revised on October 11, 2009
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