The Pura Lempuyang entrance, which has become popularised by many Instagram “Influencers” as “The Gates to Heaven”, has been drawing tourists eager to see the incredible place for themselves.
The actual name, Pura Lempuyang Luhur in Karangasem regency, is most likely unknown by these tourists, and bizarrely, what’s also unknown is that there’s actually no water around the gate.
As posted by Polina Marinova on Twitter, the “water” at the Pura Lempuyang is in fact just a piece of glass placed under a camera.
Proof that Instagram influencers have ruined everything👇
My hopes & dreams were shattered when I found out the “water” at the Gates of Heaven is actually just a piece of glass under an iPhone 😭 pic.twitter.com/oiahI5VCIo
— Polina Marinova (@polina_marinova) 4 July 2019
“Proof that Instagram influencers have ruined everything. My hopes & dreams were shattered when I found out the “water” at the Gates of Heaven is actually just a piece of glass under an iPhone,” Marinova tweeted.
There is a tiny water puddle 😉 pic.twitter.com/V4augnBvOP
— Ashwin kumar (@ashwinvx) 4 July 2019
A more accurate depiction was posted by Ashwin Kumar, who pointed out that there is actually water there – a tiny puddle.
Pura Lempuyang Luhur is one of Bali’s oldest and most revered temples. The name itself refers to a collection of temples along the hiking path to the summit, with the main temple – known as Pura Penataran Lempuyang – located 1,175 meters above sea level.