Saraswati Temple, Ubud

One great place to visit in Ubud is the Saraswati Temple (also known as Lotus Temple). It’s very accessible and central to Ubud, and it’s free. (Location here). You do have to wear a sarong though, as at many Hindu temples in Bali.

Luckily I was coming straight from Ubud Market when I visited the temple and I had a bag full of sarongs!

I also visited this temple at nighttime to see the famous Bali dances. If you are interested then I suggest you read this post.

Here is a little photo journey of my visit to Saraswati Temple in Ubud, with some history and info thrown in for good measure…

In order to enter the central complex of Sarawati Temple in Bali, visitors (regardless of whether foreign or local) are required to wear a sarong tied around the middle, as in many other temples and shrines in Indonesia. This garment separates the pure top half of the body from the impure lower half. . Luckily, when we went to Saraswati Temple, we had just come directly from the market, from buying many colourful sarongs for gifts. . (Sorry if you received a sarong from my travel in Bali and are seeing it in use here! It was necessary so as not to have to use the sarongs provided by the temple.) . Once you enter the inner complex of Saraswati Temple, it is also obligatory to take a goofy group GoPro selfie – but that’s just for foreign visitors! A photo posted by Amelia (@naughty_amelia_jane) on

Saraswati Temple, Ubud

Iphone to the rescue!

Saraswati Temple in Ubud, Bali is a real girl-power temple; dedicated to Dewi Saraswati, the goddess of learning 💃

A photo posted by Amelia (@naughty_amelia_jane) on


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  1. susan sykes says:

    yes I think that’s my gift of a sarong you are wearing!!!!!

  2. We liked the Saraswati temple a lot as well. I wasn’t dressed well enough to enter inside…but loved the lotuses!

    • Lisa says:

      Yeah, I agree. Such a pocket of calm and beauty in otherwise bustling Ubud. I found it quite surprising. Hope you get to explore the whole temple some day 🙂

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