Renowned for thousands of its 'Pura' (Hindu temples), Bali also boasts a handful of majestic Buddhist temples that offer a serene escape and a glimpse into the island's diverse spiritual aspect. Here we listed some of Bali's most prominent Buddhist temples for you to explore the captivating allure of these grand structures in-between your blissful Chinese New Year holiday.
Bali's Most Beautiful Vihara (Buddhist Temples) you Should Visit
Brahma Vihara Arama (Singaraja)
Nestled on Banjar Hill near Lovina of Singaraja, Brahma Vihara Arama is the only Buddhist monastery on the island. Its principal attraction is a breathtaking miniature replica of Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist archaeological site. Immerse yourself in the almost surreal tranquility of this mystic temple, explore its vibrant mix of Thai and Balinese influences, and plan your visit to coincide with meditation lessons or Buddhist monk processions during holy days.
Vihara Buddha Dharma (Seminyak)
Conveniently located in Seminyak, the Vihara Buddha Dharma temple is a newly built sanctuary (2007) that has quickly become a significant place of worship for both local and international Buddhists. Experience the serenity of this temple during your trip to Seminyak and witness the harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary Buddhist architecture.
Vihara Buddha Guna (Nusa Dua)
A part of the Puja Mandala, Vihara Buddha Guna stands as a symbol of religious tolerance in Bali. Explore this temple within the complex, which includes Hindu, Catholic, Protestant, and Islamic places of worship. It's a testament to Bali's commitment to embracing diverse religious practices in harmony.
Vihara Dharmayana (Kuta)
Tucked away from the bustling streets of Kuta, Vihara Dharmayana, founded in 1876, stands as one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Kuta. Admire its timeless Chinese architecture, adorned with giant red pillars, intricate dragon sculptures, and oversized lanterns. The temple's serene surroundings, including a turtle-filled moat, offer a peaceful retreat from the vibrant energy of Kuta.
Vihara Dharma Giri (Tabanan)
In the heart of Pupuan in Tabanan, West Bali, discover the Vihara Dharma Giri Temple, known for its impressive giant sleeping Buddha statue. Explore the three levels of the temple, each with its unique features, and wander through the peaceful garden complex that surrounds it. A visit to Vihara Dharma Giri adds a touch of spirituality to any Bali itinerary. The gorgeous statue also makes it one of the most instagrammable temples in the island.
Vihara Satya Dharma (Denpasar)
Located on Benoa Harbor Street in South Denpasar, Vihara Satya Dharma captivates visitors with its magnificent Chinese architecture. The temple's beauty is accentuated at night, as vibrant red lanterns illuminate the surroundings, creating a mesmerizing atmosphere. Cross the Bali Mandara Toll Road to reach this enchanting destination, adding a touch of cultural richness to your exploration of Denpasar.