One of the smaller temples on the site
The rocky beach of Tanah lot
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Larisa A Author / Photography and Production Keith EatonPura Beji Sangsit, North Bali
Standing at the doorstep of one of the most majestic temples in Bali, you have only 2 choices. You can start with a short introductory break at the sea shore or go straight to the temple stairs (09a).
Beji Temple (08), also known as Pura Subak, is located in the beautiful landscape of Sangsit village, Bali, Indonesia. While the site is away from the clichéd eyes, it still attracts a considerable number of tourists annually. This is where you can experience traditional architecture and the modern breath of Indonesian tourism.
Beji temple, just like all other temples in Bali, is comprised of three courtyards — outer, middle and inner (12). The outer courtyard features two dragon statues that are supposed to guard the entrance to the temple. But the dragons are not the only ornaments around Beji Temple.
The entrance is secured by the grand gate, which spreads all along the wall and is artistically decorated from both sides. The buildings are also full of shrines that are mainly reached by staircases and turrets. Be careful, you’ll be kindly asked to wear sarong and sash before entering the actual temple.
The site is filled with mind-blowing examples of colored architecture, featuring an equal amount of stone crafting. Moreover, as there is hardly an inch on those walls that are devoid of any carvings, the temple is often known as the most Baroque temples in the region. The combination of stone carvings and painting is what builds a unique spiritual appearance.
The temple door is an important piece of the scene, too. It’s adorned with gold and red colors and fully complements its surroundings. The architecture of the temple is a mixture of Hindu and Chinese features. However, the main images and scenes depicted on the walls are taken from the values and traditions of Hinduism.
One of the most noteworthy features of the temple is the collection of wall reliefs depicting demons, snakes, and floral patterns. The art of stone that finds its expression on pink sandstone is incredibly beautiful. The ornamentation is so detailed and numerous that the temple soon became known for the extreme Baroque design. Basically, every inch of the wall is carved in or out and, then, consequently, painted in colors that suit the landscape perfectly.
29 August 14