“Taman Ayun” means beautiful garden, located in the villlage of Mengwi, 18 km west of Denpasar, is indeed one of Bali’s most picturesque temples. The King of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Anom, built its stately proportioned courtyards and large surrounding moat in the year 1634. Containing both the Royal family ancestral shrines and the storied Meru Shrines to the major deities, Taman Ayun became the main temple for the ancient kindom of Mengwi.
Taman Ayun temple was the area of royal temple, which is built in the years of 1634. A lake of lotus surrounds the area of the temple, about 300 meters in the side of Mengwi Palace. Trees and green grass that’s treated well fill the three green yards in the temple area. Surround the temple are also decorated by row of meru, paibon, and Padmasana, throne of the Sang Hyang Tri Murti (God). Across the area of the temple can be found the Museum of Manusia Yadnya, a museum of rituals of human being since they were in the womb till they burnt after death.
Taman Ayun is located in the Mengwi village, in the district of Badung. The distance from Denpasar to the southwest is approximately 18 km, by using the routes of streets Denpasar-Singaraja through Bedugul. The buildings of traditional houses can be seen in the right and left side of the temple, while across the street can be found some ravines with the tortuous canals.25 minutes are needed to reach this area by using motorcycles. It also easily to be reach by using the public transport which is can be found since the morning till the evening passes this area.
Ayun a place for taking leasure or recreation, and worshipping place of Mengwi Royal Family which was built in 1634 by I Gusti Agung Ngurah Made Agung (The king of Mengwi during that period).Taman Ayun with its traditional gardening arrangement, surrounded by water pond and its environment is planted with various rare Balinese trees.At the outer yard there is a multi purpose building (wantilan) which used to be a place for cock-fighting and now for holding Balinese art erformance. Mandala Wisata Mengwi which is located on west side of Taman Ayun has: Manusa Yadnya Museum, Restaurant, open stage, art gallery and hand weaving demonstration to offer.