How to behave in a temple
There are so many temples in Bali, that you wouldn’t have enough time to visit them all. We are talking here about 10 000 to 20 000 temples…. Few of them are very famous and are ranking in the top most visited places in Bali. However, each village has its own, and often several.
You will be very welcome to enter and visit the temples of Bali, Balinese share happily their customs and traditions, nevertheless, you should ensure to have the proper behavior before your visit.
The first things you may have in mind is to respect the local culture, temples are place of worship so visitors should use their common sense accordingly. It that way, everybody is asked to preserve the peacefulness, do not talk to loud, especially during ceremonies.
The most famous temples are paying, then you don’t have extra fees (except a tour guide if you want to subscribe one) but for smaller temples, do not forget to make donation. Usually a 5000 Rp to 10 000 Rp looks reasonable.
Another important rule applicable to all temples is that you are not allowed to enter in a temple if bleeding. Thus, in theory, menstruating women may not enter temples. Likewise, if you have an open wound or injury you should not enter a temple. The reason for that is that the blood is considered as impure by the Indonesian religion. When praying, men should sit with their legs crosses while women kneel. Indeed, feet are considered unclean so you should avoid pointing the shrines and other holy objects.
Finally, you will definitely be confronted to the two last rules in every temple, both men and women has to cover their legs below the knee with a sarong, an attire to hide your legs, especially if you wear a short. Once again this is part of the Balinese religion and you cannot escape this rule. In the same idea, you shouldn’t expose too much of your upper body.