Story: Tourists Enjoy Balinese Culture at Besakih Temple

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KARANGASEM, NETIZENBALI.com - Besakih Temple, the largest and holiest temple of Balinese Hinduism, is a popular destination for tourists who want to experience the rich culture and spirituality of Bali.

The temple complex, located on the slopes of Mount Agung, consists of 23 temples that date back to more than 1000 years ago. The temple hosts various festivals and ceremonies throughout the year, attracting pilgrims and visitors from all over the world.

One of the attractions of Besakih Temple is the opportunity to wear traditional Balinese clothing and take photos in front of the temple’s ornate architecture and scenic views. Many tourists hire local guides who provide them with the clothing, accessories and photography services.

The guides also explain the history and significance of the temple and its rituals. One such guide is Wayan, who has been working at Besakih Temple for over 10 years. He says that he enjoys sharing his culture and religion with tourists, and that he always tries to make them feel comfortable and happy.

“I love my job because I can meet people from different countries and backgrounds. I can also learn from them and improve my English. I want to show them the beauty and diversity of Bali, especially Besakih Temple, which is very special to me and my family,” he says.

Wayan says that he has many regular customers who come back to Besakih Temple every year, and that he considers them as friends. He also says that he has received many positive feedbacks and reviews from his customers, who appreciate his professionalism and friendliness.

One of his recent customers was a couple from Australia, Lisa and Tom, who were on their honeymoon in Bali. They hired Wayan to take them to Besakih Temple and take photos of them wearing Balinese clothing.

“We had a wonderful time at Besakih Temple with Wayan. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. He provided us with beautiful outfits and accessories, and took amazing photos of us on the temple’s staircase. He also told us interesting stories about the temple and its ceremonies. We felt like we were part of the culture, not just tourists,” Lisa says.

Tom agrees with his wife, and adds that they were impressed by the temple’s architecture and atmosphere.

“The temple was stunning, especially in the morning light. We could see the mountain behind it, and the sky was clear and blue. The temple was very peaceful and serene, even though there were many people around. We could feel the spirituality and sacredness of the place,” he says.

Lisa and Tom say that they would recommend Wayan’s service to anyone who wants to visit Besakih Temple and have a memorable experience.

“Wayan was more than just a guide, he was a friend. He made us feel welcome and comfortable. He was very professional and courteous. He gave us a great souvenir of our trip to Bali,” Lisa says.

Wayan says that he is happy to hear that his customers are satisfied with his service, and that he hopes to see them again in the future.

“I’m glad that they enjoyed their visit to Besakih Temple, and that they liked their photos. I hope they will come back to Bali soon, and I will be happy to take them to other places as well,” he says. (NB)


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