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YEH PULU TEMPLE (Pura Yeh Pulu) – A Picture of Balinese Life in the Past

YEH PULU TEMPLE

– All Details to Know About Yeh Pulu Temple –

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT YEH PULU?

AWESOME OLD CARVING WALL
Very old carving/relief in the rocks.
Beautiful carvings and statues.

AWESOME VIEW
Beautiful path and many tree.
Beautiful rice field and cliff.

UNPOPULAR SITE
You are going to visit unmainstream site.
Quiet, not much tourist. Peaceful.

NEAR OTHER DESTINATION
It’s near to other destination such as Elephant cave, Samuan Tiga temple.
You can combine to visit those places.

A FOOTPATH TO YEH PULU

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WHAT IS YEH PULU?

DESCRIPTION:

Yeh Pulu temple  is not a temple actually. It’s an archaeological heritage site. But, since there is a Ganesh statue, the elephant-headed son of Shiva. It become a worshiping place for local people.

The carving (relief) came from 14th century. It founded by dutch painter, Nieuwenkamp in 1925 and have restorations in 1949 and 1953 to protect from the abrasion. The carving (relief) have similarity with Penataran temple relief in East Java.

Yeh Pulu consist of two words, Yeh and Pulu. Yeh means water. Pulu means container of rice. So, Yeh Pulu means water that comes out from the container of rice. 

YEH PULU’S GATE

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HOW MUCH IS YEH PULU ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRY FEE:
IDR 15K (Adult)
IDR 7.5K (Child)

WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT YEH PULU?

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 6.00 PM.

BEST LIGHTING ANGLE:
3.00 PM – 5.00 PM.

YEH PULU ENTRY TICKET

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WHERE IS YEH PULU LOCATED?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Batulumbang, Bedulu
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Blahbatu
Regency (Kabupaten): Gianyar
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 26 km northeast of Denpasar or 1 hour.
About 6 km southeast of Ubud or 20 minutes.
About 34 km northeast of Kuta beach or 1 hour and 20 minutes.
About 36 km northeast of Ngurah Rai airport or 1 hour and 20 minutes.

MAP OF YEH PULU:

HOW TO GET TO YEH PULU?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no direct public transport to get there.

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

THE YEH PULU CARVINGS (RELIEF)

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*) A man carrying two pottery on his shoulder. The left hand holding the wood/bamboo for balancing and right hand holding a fabric. In front of him is a beautiful dressed woman walking to the house. This woman wearing many accessories such as necklace, bracelet, belt, earrings and crown.

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*) A woman waiting the man and the dressed woman in a house.

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*) A woman sitting with the left hand on her knee and the right hand holding something. The monkeys playing around her. She talking with a man who carrying a hoe. The man wearing a saroong with a belt. Near the man someone sitting on the floor wearing turban on the head and shawl on the shoulder. If looking the position how he/she sitting on the floor, could be he/she is a servant.

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*) In the back of woman who sitting there is a woman standing and listening the conversation between sitting woman with the man who carrying a hoe. In the back of woman, a man sitting on the square stone. His right hand holding a stick with circle form on the top. He wearing crown, necklace, saroong and a belt.

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*) A man ridding a horse. The right hand holding horse reins. The other man standing and his right hand holding a spear. They standby and watching the other people who catching and killing the wild boar.

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*) Two guys attack and fighting with the wild boar. One man facing the wild boar and the other holding the tail of the wild boar. Both of them holding a weapons and kill the wild boar.

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*) This carving show a fighting between a frog and a snake. On the upside someone giving a water jug to other person who sitting in front of him.

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*) After killed the wild boar, the two man carrying the wild boar with bamboo/wood and walking to some place/

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*) A man ridding a horse. His eyes looking at back because the horse’s tail that holded by a woman. Seems she don’t want/not allowed the man to go to some place.

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*) The end of carving/relief show a Ganesh statue, the elephant-headed son of Shiva.

**) The explain of carving refer to Gede Oka Astawa, “Kayonan pada relief Yeh Pulu, Tinjauan bentuk dan fungsi”. Source: http://forumarkeologi.kemdikbud.go.id/index.php/fa/article/view/273/225

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*) The statue in front of carving/relief considered as Ganesh statue.

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
There is one cafe in the area of Yeh Pulu.

*) This cafe offering rice terrace view and peaceful feel.

PARKING FEE:
FREE

YEH PULU CAFE

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*) You can relax and drink in the cafe while you enjoy the beautiful rice terrace and peaceful  atmosphere.

YEH PULU LANDSCAPE

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*) Yeh Pulu is a very small prehistorical site. It’s very short visit, but it has nice surroundings. Also it’s not touristic place. You can walk to enjoy the surroundings & atmosphere here while you read the carvings.

WATCH YEH PULU TEMPLE FROM VIDEO:

SOME  ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR YEH PULU:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Yeh Pulu:

1. Elephant cave (Goa Gajah).
2. Arca museum.
3. Samuan Tiga temple.
4. Tegenungan waterfall.

You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 3 itinerary.

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2 thoughts on “YEH PULU TEMPLE (Pura Yeh Pulu) – A Picture of Balinese Life in the Past

  1. Wang Huize

    That’s so nice of you! Thank you so much! You are a very good photographer.
    Please send the pictures relates to YEH PULU reliefs to my e-mail:493819***@qq.com
    ~
    The Email address is correct, and please write down your name and nationality at the bottom, so that I can cite your pictures in my article.
    I wanna express my sincere gratitude to you once again! ; )

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Am i nice or sweet? 😉
      Well, i’m not a very good photographer.
      Even i’m not a photographer.
      I also visited the Yeh Pulu in the wrong time.
      But, if you want to get best light,
      better you visit Yeh Pulu on 3 pm – 5 pm.
      So, no shadow on the carving stones/wall.
      By the way, i already send the Yeh Pulu pictures to your email.
      Check it out.
      Cheers.

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