Munduk: culture

After a blog about the people of Munduk and nature around Munduk it’s time for our last post about the area around Munduk.


The Brahmavihara-Arama temple is one of the few Buddhist temples on Bali. It’s only a 30 minutes drive from Munduk. I really loved this temple complex. It has some beautiful views and a beautiful candi bentar (split gateway).
The temple was located in very pretty hilly surroundings, meaning you could have some great views from the temple complex.
There are also a couple of other beautiful buildings in the complex, among which a building that can be described as a ‘mini borobodur’. We really enjoyed exploring the complex.

This temple was very serene and quiet and we only saw a few other tourists. We can really recommend visiting this temple when in the region!

Air Panas Banjar

Close to this temple are the Banjar hot springs. A great place for a stop after visiting the temple. The water is supposed to be therapeutic. I cannot really judge that, but I do know it was nice and warm, and we enjoyed relaxing there for a while. There are changing rooms, lockers and even a restaurant where you can have lunch with a view of the hot springs. When we where there it was nice and quiet but be aware that on public holidays it can supposedly get very crowded.


Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

This temple is quite famous. Part of it is on a little ‘island’ in a beautiful lake. It’s around 45 minute drive from where we were staying. When we were there the water level in the lake was too low though, so the temple was actually connected to the land. The iconic photos where the water is on all sides are probably taken in the rainly season.


The temple is famous though, and there were quite a lot of people. Far less than at Tanah Lot though.

The lake was pretty, and so was the temple. It was also pretty small though, and you won’t need much time to see it all. Since it is on the main road connecting Munduk with the south I would recommend visiting the temple when travelling from or to Munduk. It’s a nice enough place to stop and enjoy the views. But I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit this temple.


On of the things you will encounter a lot on Bali is Gamelan, which is a traditional music style. It’s interesting music, which Lily likes a lot. Here we took the opportunity to play some Gamelan together.


So this was the last blog about Munduk. As you can see there is a lot to see and do around Munduk and I can really recommend staying in this area a couple of days. I also think it’s a great destination with a baby/toddler. It is quiet which means room for a child to run around. I know our daughter enjoyed our time here, and so did we!

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