Location: North east from Ubud, near Tampaksiring
By car from Ubud: 45 minutes
Historical dating: AD 962
Tirta Empul: An inscription dates the founding of a temple at the site to 926 AD. Ever since – for more than a thousand years – the Balinese have come to bathe in the sacred waters for healing and spiritual merit.
it was completely restored in 1969.
Ceremonies are regularly held in Tirta Empul, and dance groups from far away come to cleanse their barong masks in the water.
The waters are believed to have magic curative powers. Every year people journey from all over Bali to purify themselves in the clear pools. After leaving a small offering to the deity of the spring, men and women go either side to bathe
On the hill above the sacred spring is the Government Palace built in 1 954. Once a resting place for Dutch officials, the site was chosen by former President Soekarno as his residence during his frequent trips to the island