According to ancient manuscripts, there are three major temples in Bali: Besakih, Ulun Danu Batur, and Lempuyang. Lempuyang Temple is located in eastern Bali, Karangasem, about 2.5 hours from Denpasar.
It rests upon Bisbis Hill (i.e. Lempuyang Mountain) and is often referred to as, “Temple Above the Clouds”. Because of this (and if weather permits), you’ll get a stunning panoramic view of Mount Agung, Bali’s tallest volcano. There are also other, smaller temples within 1-3km of the area.
The name comes from the word “Lampu” which means “light”, and “hyang” which refers to “God”. The full interpretation is “God’s Holy Ray of Light”. However! There are two other versions of the name. One that believes “Lempuyang” comes from the word “Empu” or “Emong” which means “to take care of”. The other, as a type of plant used for seasoning or medicinal herbs, which comes from Lempuyang’s surrounding areas Bangle and Gamongan.
Because Lempuyang Temple is near many other popular sites, we recommend combining it with a tour package. Possible sites include: Amed Beach, Tirta Gangga Water Palace, Taman Ujung Sukasada, Virgin Beach, Asah Hill, and Kerta Gosa Pavilion.