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Goa Gajah

4.2/5
202 Reviews
Historical Site
Liked by 4
Closed Open from 9:00am-5:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1 hour
Address: Jl. Raya Goa Gajah | Desa Bedulu, Ubud 80581, Indonesia
Phone: +62-361-943401

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At the façade of the cave is a relief of various menacing creatures and demons carved right into the rock at the cave entrance. The primary figure was once thought to be an elephant, hence the nickname Elephant Cave. The site is mentioned in the Javanese poem Desawarnana written in 1365. An extensive bathing place on the site was not excavated until the 1950s. These appear to have been built to ward off evil spirits.

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Goa Gajah, also known as Elephant Cave, is a cave temple and sanctuary in Bali. Elephant Cave, the Holy Spring, and various relics of Buddhist architecture form the scenic area. It is said that this place used to a sacred meditation space for Buddhist monks of the past. The smaller cave on the inner wall of Elephant Cave may have been the place where monks slept. The entrance to Elephant Cave is a demon's mouth carved out of stone, and further inside are three stone statues. It is an interesting archaeological site with important historical value.
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