Kehen Temple is an ancient Hindu temple complex that has unique architectural features. The temple courtyard is reachable from the roadside and up 38 flights of stairs. Carved sandstone statues depicting mythical animals and Balinese folklore figures adorn the staircases and the central vestibule. The temple’s walls are also ornate with porcelain plates, harking back to the historical relationship between the local Balinesse kingdom and China.
You can reach Kehen Temple within a 45-minute drive from Ubud. The temple is located in the village of Cempaga, a cool upland region that’s also famous for fruit plantations, palm sugar cottage industries, and scenic rural countryside. The primaeval aura of this 11th-century temple is further augmented by the overgrowth of centuries old banyan trees around the walls of the complex.