It is located at Mengwi Village, Mengwi District, Badung Regency, about 18 kilometers from Denpasar and can be easily reached any transport.
The huge state temple of Pura Taman Ayun surrounded by a wide moat, was the main temple of Mengwi kingdom, which survived until 1891 when it was conquered by the neighboring kingdoms of Tabanan and Badung. The temple was originally built in 1634 and extensively renovated in 1937. It’s very large and spacious, and the elegant moat is an unusual feature. The first courtyard is a large, open grassy expanse and the inner courtyard has a multitude of Merus (multi-tiered shrines). In a beautiful setting across the moat from the temple is a rather lost-looking arts centre.On the east side of the main complex there is a Meru dedicated to the god of fertility, which is closely related with rice and irrigation, called : shrine of Ulun Suwi ” At one side of the east part is a shrine of the spirit warrior Pasek Buduk from Buduk village, a place around 10 kilometers from this temple site. The reason of the King building worship to a spirit of Pasek Buduk, due to unending war between Mengwi and Buduk village area. Pasek was the resistant and strong defender and head of the village. Inspired by the bigger necessity to consolidate the kingdom Pasek wanted to subdue to the king by disclosing his physical weakness, and asked the king to build for his spirit a shrine in the temple, and appoint from 4 casts as the adoption of king children.
The king agreed and adopted 40 children who then called the clan of “Pasek Batu Bata”. It is mentioned that from the clan of Pasek Buduk and those adopted children had grown a strong garrison to support the glory of Mengwi Kingdom. Mengwi is the second kingdom of Bali to control Blambangan regency (now Banyuwangi in East Java). Total number of shrines and pavilions in the complex are 50 units. These shrines are not all dedicated to god or holy spirits but some are as ritual facilities, public hall, and decorations. For Taman Ayun Temple, the responsible principal is Mengwi palace assisted by the society in the area of current Mengwi Kecamatan administrative government. During the main ceremony people from outside Kecamatan Mengwi are usually coming for praying, especially those areas before under Mengwi kingdom. Mengwi kingdom also built Puncak Mangu temple, a big temple behind the mount Mangu across the ridge of south Lake Beratan, and Batukaru and Tanah Lot temple were supposed to have been built by Mengwi kingdoms.
The activities around Taman Ayun Temple :
1. See hundred of butterfly at Bali Butterfly Park