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The Ancient Capital: 6 Best Things To Do In Mengwi

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Paolo
Paolo
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Mengwi may not be as popular as other places in Bali, but it’s still worth exploring if you love history. After all, the town used to be the capital of an ancient kingdom. If the well-preserved Pura Taman Ayun is not enough, you will also appreciate the parks, beaches, and other natural attractions. This list will make sure that your journey will be memorable, throughout. Here are the six best things to do in this beautiful sub-district of Badung Regency. You can bring your family or friends or explore the wonders alone. Whatever you choose, Mengwi will surely give you a deeper appreciation for Indonesia.

1. Pura Taman Ayun

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Visit Pura Taman Ayun and find out why it’s often considered one of Bali’s most gorgeous temples. Built around 1634 by the legendary king I Gusti Agung Putu, the complex belonged to the royal family, for centuries. After marveling at the carved gate, go for a walk on the footpath over the canal, for a good look at the hall, used for community gatherings. As you go further, you will see the fountain, depicting the nine Hindu gods.

The awe-inspiring moments will continue when you see the ancient shrines and towers, all of which have distinct Balinese style architecture. If you want to get a panoramic view of the whole compound, head to the bell tower, known as Bale Kulkul. The wooden structure is about eight meters high (26 feet). Pura Taman Ayun’s serene gardens, museums, and lotus and fish ponds will also make your visit worthwhile. Speaking of museums…

Pura Taman Ayun

Address: Jl. Ayodya, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: from 1 USD

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2. Museum Manusa Yadnya

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Located within the Pura Taman Ayun complex is the Museum Manusa Yadnya, which is a museum that focuses on life-cycle rites or rituals of the Balinese people. Established in 1974, the museum contains objects that will enlighten you on the Balinese traditions of the human life cycle. These items are used for births, weddings, tooth pickings, burials, and many other ceremonies. You can learn more about the process of the rituals when you see the pictures and statues. Apart from the exhibits, you’re also going to appreciate the museum’s calm atmosphere and lush surroundings. Don’t forget to drop by the pond to see some lotus plants. It should definitely be your next stop, after exploring the historical Pura Taman Ayun.

Museum Manusa Yadnya

Address: Jl. Ayodya, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Saturday and Sunday),

Price: Free

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3. Ogoh-ogoh Museum

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Here’s another museum in Pura Taman Ayun that you should check out. Take a trip to the Ogoh-ogoh Museum, to marvel at the huge sculptures of different gods and monsters from Balinese folklore. There are about 16 statues on display here. The museum was founded by the head of an education and tourism group and aims to promote Bali’s rich culture, to the whole world. If you’re planning on bringing kids to this place, it’s best to warn them that some of the images can be a bit frightening. They can enjoy a spectacular view of Soka Beach outside, if they don’t want to see the monsters.

Ogoh-ogoh Museum

Address: JI.Ayodiya No.1 Taman Ayun., Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Price: from 1 USD

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4. Tanah Wuk

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If you love nature and taking photos, then Tanah Wuk, in Kapal, should definitely be on your itinerary. The viewing deck is a replica of a hull, and it will give you an opportunity to take pictures of the valleys and forests. A selfie with nutmeg trees in the background is guaranteed to generate plenty of likes. Another highlight is the view of the bridge that connects the areas of Mengwi, Sangeh, and Sembung.

While you add the lovely images in your camera, the peaceful atmosphere will also put a smile on your face. Indeed, Tanah Wuk is the perfect place to take a break. No need to worry if you’re hungry or thirsty, there are stalls selling food and drinks. Since Tanah Wuk is a natural attraction, littering is not allowed. Please keep the place clean on your visit.

Tanah Wuk

Address: Kapal, Mengwi, Badung Regency, Bali 80351, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Price: from 0.37 USD

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5. Seseh Beach

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Unlike the other beaches in Bali, Seseh Beach is quiet and less crowded. Lie down on the black sand and savor the tranquil atmosphere or go for a walk to enjoy the lush surroundings and the view of the clear water. Since the waves are strong most of the time, swimming at this beach is not advisable. However, if you’re an experienced surfer, you will surely have a wonderful time.

Seseh Beach is also well-known for its sunset. Expect to be totally mesmerized when you witness the sun go down. You can bring your family, friends, or significant other, or just unwind by yourself.

Seseh Beach

Address: Cemagi, Mengwi, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

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6. Pererenan Beach

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Expect another unforgettable moment when you visit Pererenan Beach, close to Seseh Beach. It also has soft black sand and clear water, and the waves are sure to satisfy surfers. You may even catch a few surfing competitions here. April to August is the best season for riding the waves. Just like Seseh, Pererenan Beach will soothe you with its laidback atmosphere. Even if you’re not going to surf, you can just unwind on the sand and take in the tranquil vibes and the sight of the Indian Ocean. As for the sunset view, you will definitely be enthralled as well. If you want to explore the area in a relaxing way, try the horseback riding for an up-close look at the gorgeous trees.

Pererenan Beach

Address: Jl. Pantai Pererenan No.171, Pererenan, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

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Mengwi will amaze you

Mengwi is about 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Denpasar and 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Ubud. With its eventful past, it’s definitely one of the most interesting towns in Bali. Many ancient kingdoms fought for this place, proving its importance to the country. These six attractions serve as proof that Mengwi is as stunning as the other areas in Bali. Now that you know where to go, bring out your adventurous side and go on a journey through this sub-district.

As for most of the accommodations, they will give you a good look at the greenery and the daily activities of the farmers. It’s something you won’t experience in the crowded cities. Some of the most renowned accommodations include Villa Soulshine, Balam Bali Villa, Ijo Eco Lodge Bali, De Moksha Boutique Resort, and RedDoorz. You can surely make your dream vacation come true here.

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