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SARASWATI TEMPLE (Pura Taman Saraswati) – A Lotus Garden in Ubud and Bali Classical Dance Show in Evening

SARASWATI TEMPLE

– All Details to Know About Saraswati Temple –

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT SARASWATI TEMPLE?

AWESOME LOCATION
The temple located in the central of Ubud.
It’s near from Ubud royal palace.

AWESOME VIEW
It’s classical Balinese temple architecture .
It has beautiful pond filled by lotus.

POPULAR TEMPLE 
You are going to visit the main temple in Ubud.
In the evening they have classical Balinese show.

NEAR OTHER DESTINATION
It’s near to other destination such as Ubud market, Ubud Royal palace and Campuhan ridge.
You can combine to visit those places.

SARASWATI TEMPLE

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WHAT IS SARASWATI TEMPLE?

DESCRIPTION:

Saraswati temple  is a temple was built around 1955 by I Gusti Nyoman Lempad commissioned by the Prince of Ubud, in honor of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, education and art in hindu. The Pura Taman Saraswati temple is located on a large lotus pond. In the evening usually they held bali classical dance show in front of the Saraswati temple.

SARASWATI TEMPLE

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HOW MUCH IS THE SARASWATI TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRANCE FEE:
FREE

BALI DANCE SHOW FEE:
IDR 80K per person.

SARASWATI TEMPLE’S GATE

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WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT SARASWATI TEMPLE?

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 6.00 PM.

CEREMONY (Piodalan) or Hindus special day:

  • 13 October 2018, Saraswati Day
  • 7 December 2019, Saraswati Day

*) You can not enter the inside of the temple. Just explore the beautiful garden only.

BALI DANCE SHOW:
7.30 PM.

*) Better you arrive on 7.00 PM to get best seat/position.

LOTUS, LOTUS AND LOTUS…

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WHERE IS SARASWATI TEMPLE LOCATED?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa):
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Ubud
Regency (Kabupaten): Gianyar
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 26 km northeast of Denpasar or 1 hour.
About 0 km of Ubud or few minutes walking.
About 37 km northeast of Kuta beach or 1 hour and 20 minutes.
About 39 km northeast of Ngurah Rai airport or 1 hour and 20 minutes.

MAP OF SARASWATI TEMPLE:

HOW TO GET TO SARASWATI TEMPLE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no direct public transport to get there. You have to take multiple public transport to reach this place.

From UBUD :
If you stay in Ubud area you can just walk to reach this place.

From KUTA :
Please to reach Kuta Central Parking first – Then, find Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte.
Then take a Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 2 – Stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take a Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) at Batubulan – Stop at Ubud.
Then take a walk to reach this place.

  • Fee: IDR 3,500 + IDR 20K.
  • Timetable: No.

From Ngurah Rai Airport :
Please to reach Ngurah Rai International Gate first – Then, find Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte.
Then take a Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 2 – Stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take a Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) at Batubulan – Stop at Ubud.
Then take a walk to reach this place.

  • Fee: IDR 3,500 + IDR 20K.
  • Trans Sarbagita Timetable: 10.45 AM, 12.45 PM, 2.45 PM, 4.45 PM, 6.45 PM and 8.45 PM.

From DENPASAR :
Please to reach  ‘Pesanggaran’ or ‘Pedungan’ Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte first.
Then take a Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 2 – Stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take a Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) at Batubulan – Stop at Ubud.
Then take a walk to reach this place.

  • Fee: IDR 3,500 + IDR 20K.
  • Timetable: No.

Other option: 
Please to reach Ubung Mini/Micro Bus Station first.
Then take a Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) at Ubung – Stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) at Batubulan – Stop at Ubud.
Then take a walk to reach this place.

  • Fee: IDR ? + IDR 20K.
  • Timetable: No.

More information about Bali public transportation system:

– Trans Sarbagita Bus Stop/Shelter/Halte.
– Batubulan Micro/Mini Bus Station.
– Ubung Micro/Mini Bus Station.

*) It’s really not efficient trip using public transport in Bali. Waste your time, energy and money. There is no fixed price in Bali transportation system, except Trans Sarbagita. If the passenger full loaded you will get the price above, but if quiet (little) passenger you will pay more expensive. Seems they applied operational cost basis since the public transport not so popular today (quiet).

**) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this place and use google map as your navigator.

***) You can also use Go-jek or Grab transport. Their price reasonable, but you have to install the apps first and the driver may not be able to speak english.

TWO LOTUS FACES ON SARASWATI TEMPLE

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*) You can see the difference of Lotus garden after and before cleaned up.

SARASWATI TEMPLE IN THE RAINING TIME

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*) Even being raining, Saraswati temple and the lotus pond still looks amazing.

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
There are two cafe in the area of Saraswati temple.

*) I think this cafe offering different view since the other cafe facing the ubud busy street or live music.

PARKING FEE:
FREE

SARASWATI TEMPLE IN THE EVENING:

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BALI DANCE SHOW:

BALINESE DANCE SHOW:
The classical balinese dance evening show start on 7.30 PM. The ticket price is IDR 80k – 100K per pax. It’s in open nightsky staging.

Legong dance:
Every Thursday & Saturday. IDR 80K per pax.

Janger dance:
Every Sunday. IDR 80K per pax.

BALI CLASSICAL DANCE AT SARASWATI TEMPLE

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*) It was nice watching the bali classical dance show in the evening and it surrounded by lotus garden and the open air staging. The music and the dance also so attractive. It was unforgettable memories in Ubud in the evening.

WATCH THE SARASWATI TEMPLE ON VIDEO:

SOME  ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR SARASWATI TEMPLE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Saraswati temple:

1. Ubud royal palace.
2. Ubud market.
3. Puri Lukisan Painting museum.
4. Campuhan ridge walk.
5. Blanco painting museum.
6. 9 Angels Vegetarian restaurant.
7. Neka art museum.
8. ARMA museum.
9. Ubud monkey forest.
10. Seven Places of Bali Dance Show in Ubud.

You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Ubud walking tour itinerary.

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4 thoughts on “SARASWATI TEMPLE (Pura Taman Saraswati) – A Lotus Garden in Ubud and Bali Classical Dance Show in Evening

  1. Stela

    Amazing spot for photos. Beautiful and charismatic. There is a coffee shop on the left side which gives you an amazing view over the temple while you enjoy your cup of coffee. Temple can not be entered.

    1. kunzbali Post author

      I agree with you.
      The Saraswati temple and the lotus pond is amazing photo spot.
      Even in the evening, it’s still looks beautiful.
      The price a cup of coffee is USD $2.5.
      The temple can not be entered by traveler,
      just for hindus pilgrim.
      You just can walk around the garden and the lotus ponds only.

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