Vihara Dharma Giri is a beautiful Buddhist temple in the village of Pupuan in Tabanan, West Bali. The temple's best known for its large, white sleeping Buddha statue. It's among the top attractions of Pupuan, despite the village usually being popular for its expanses of rice fields.

The temple can be a great highlight on a scenic drive to Lovina in North Bali if you’re traveling from Bali’s south. Besides offering a unique sightseeing opportunity, the temple also features a peaceful and pleasantly quiet ambiance. You can freely roam throughout its wondrous complex and find a sense of zen.

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Visiting Vihara Dharma Giri

Vihara Dharma Giri was built on 3 levels, with each offering a different set of features. The main attraction is the magnificent sleeping Buddha that’s located on the second level. The temple is open to the public and entrance is free. Even so, you’re expected to make a donation when you enter.

A temple custodian will provide you with some guidance and hints on proper conduct within the temple grounds. This includes acceptable attire – no shorts and you should be covered from the waist down. Sarongs are offered for those who don’t bring their own.

Highlights of Vihara Dharma Giri Temple in Tabanan

The temple’s first level features an open and public courtyard where you can enjoy some refreshments. Then, up a flight of steps, you’ll find the 10-meter-long sleeping Buddha in all its glory. The statue is set against a backdrop of greenery from the tranquil gardens of the yard and wide blue sky.

Further up a few stairs to the top level, you’ll find a small pavilion that houses a large bell. There's also a main building that's home to another Buddha figure, in bright gold and set in a sitting pose. This main building also serves as the main prayer house for devotees. From Kuta, Vihara Dharma Giri is around a 2-hour drive.

Vihara Dharma Giri Temple in Tabanan

Location: Jalan Raya Pupuan No.1, Pupuan, Tabanan, Bali 82163, Indonesia

Phone: +62 (0)362 71029

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