Gunung Kawi Temple

Gunung Kawi Temple

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Gunung Kawi Temple or Tuning Kawi Temple is a protected ancient site in Bali

Gunung Kawi Temple is an 11th-century temple and funerary complex in Tampak Siring north east of Ubud in Bali. This temple consists of 10 candi (shrines) – memorials cut out of the rock face in imitation of actual statues. They stand in awe-inspiring 8m-high sheltered niches cut into the sheer cliff face.

These funeral monuments are thought to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his queens. On the east side there are five temples that are dedicated to King Udayana, his queen Mahendradatta, and also for their sons Airlanga, Anak Wungsu, and Marakata. The temples on the west side are made for the king’s minor queens or concubines.

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Sports & nature

At the bottom of a lush green river valley lies one of Bali's oldest and largest ancient monuments. Gunung Kawi consists of 10 candi(shrines) – memorials cut out of the rock face in imitation of actual statues. They stand in awe-inspiring 8m-high sheltered niches cut into the sheer cliff face. On the northern outskirts of Tampaksiring, a sign points east off the main road to Gunung Kawi. The views as you walk through ancient terraced rice fields are as fine as any in Bali.Sports and nature image

Culture and history info

Legends relate that the whole group of memorials was carved out of the rock face in one hard-working night by the mighty fingernails of Kebo Iwa. The five monuments on the eastern bank are probably dedicated to King Udayana, Queen Mahendradatta and their sons Airlangga, Anak Wungsu and Marakata. While Airlangga ruled eastern Java, Anak Wungsu ruled Bali. The four monuments on the western side are, by this theory, to Anak Wungsu's chief concubines. Another theory is that the whole complex is dedicated to Anak Wungsu, his wives, concubines and, in the case of the remote 10th candi, to a royal minister.Culture and history image

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