BALINESE ETIQUETTE:
10 DO’S AND DON’TS WHEN VISITING PLACES OF WORSHIP

 

When holidaying on Bali, please show proper respect for the Balinese people and our places of worship. Here below we include some ground rules on proper etiquette to help you understand and display respectful behavior:

  • To enter a temple, you need to be dressed moderately, at least wear a short sleeved shirt or top that covers your shoulders and upper arms.

  • You will be expected to cover up your lower half, your waist and your legs.
  • A temple scarf will be worn if you are wearing long trousers or long dress and this is tied around the waist.
  • A sarong will be needed if you are wearing shorts or a skirt (e.g. Pura Meduwe Karang, a north Bali Temple, will provide you with a sarong for a small donation).
  • Do not climb on temple walls.
  • Do not stand or sit higher than the temple priest.
  • Do not walk in front of the temple priest or a kneeling congregation.
  • Use cameras with discretion, and do not use flashes.
  • By ancient law, menstruating women are not permitted to enter any temple.
  • If you have recently given birth, the mother and husband are not permitted to enter the temple until the 43rd day after the birth of the child.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration and welcome in our home.