Puncak Penulisan Temple

Relics at Puncak Penulisan Temple
Relics at Puncak Penulisan Temple

Puncak Penulisan Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bali. This place of worship for Hindus in Bali is a relic from the era of Megalith. The history of the temple can be very interesting for tourists who love historical tourism. This temple is one temple of the Bali Aga people (Balinese who inhabited the island before the big migration of people from the nearby island of Java).

The temple adopts two concepts. First, it reflects the building style of the megalithic period which can be seen in the form of a terraced pyramid (the concept of the Holy Mountain). Second, the concept of Sapta Loka which can be seen fin a form of building that has seven floors of which each level (terrace) is connected by stairs.

The temple has the name Puncak Penulisan Temple because it is located at the top of Penulisan Hill, with an altitude of approximately 1,745 m above sea level. The temple is also known as the Tegeh Koripan Temple and Pamojan Temple.

All over the courtyard of Pura Puncak Penulisan, there are many historical relics from the Megalithic era such as old statues and fragments of sculptures in the openĀ baleĀ (pavilion with steeply pitched thatch roof).

The temple is located in a protected forest area at the top of Bukit Penulisan near the Penulisan road junction which is situated in the village of Sukawana, Kintamani, Bangli Regency, that is why the local residents also call it the Pura Puncak Sukawana. It is on a hilltop at a height of 1745 meters above sea level, making it naturally “air-conditioned” and attractive because it offers beautiful views of the surrounding nature. To reach the temple location, you have to climb steep stairs, or you can access it from the back street of the temple that drove you to the front parking area of the temple.

To come from Denpasar visitors can take trip through Tukad Bangkung Bridge, or through the Payangan road. The distance of Pura Puncak Penulisan from Denpasar is about 65 kilometers or about 2 hour drive.