Petitenget Temple in Bali – Ancient Temple and Central Landmark in Seminyak
Petitenget Temple or Pura Petitenget as it’s known by locals is a centuries-old temple that’s one of the very few cultural landmarks in the upscale beach resort area of Seminyak. A bit overshadowed by the modern developments of lavish 5-star resorts in the area, this temple still remains an important highlight and a must-see while in Seminyak and only 6 minutes from Eko Villa Bali.
Red bricks and sandstone make up most of the temple’s architecture which gives it its feel of antiquity. The temple’s vast courtyard has a dozen different shrines and small pavilions draped in typical Balinese chequered cloths which also help create a hallowed sight. It’s livelier during the festive 210-day temple anniversaries when traditional dance rehearsals are regularly held in a grand pavilion nearby.
Next to the main temple is the smaller Masceti Ulun Tanjung Temple, where local villagers pray for protection (against famine and disease in ancient times). Visit Petitenget Temple during its anniversary celebrations on every Merakih Wednesday on the 201-day Balinese Pawukon calendar, and you’ll witness the temple colourfully adorned with banners and parasols and with pilgrims thronging for prayers. Such a sight naturally makes for great photo opportunities.